The Med Shed

Operating Department Practitioner

THE WORKING DAY

You’re working the late shift today and at arrive outside theatre on the second floor of Hull Royal Infirmary at 12pm. You start by helping the anaesthetist with the afternoon’s operations. You make sure the drugs and equipment are ready, taking time to chat to one of the patients feeling anxious.

Then you’re off to theatre. You put on your sterile gown and pass instruments to the surgical team during a lengthy operation. Afterwards, you monitor the patient until they are fit to return to the ward. You’re just thinking of having a quick break when the bleep in your pocket summons you to the Emergency Department downstairs to help a woman badly hurt in a car crash in the city centre. When the patient has been stabilised, you finish at 10pm — ready for another fast-paced day tomorrow.

DOES THIS SOUND LIKE ME?

You’re reliable, have plenty of common sense and can concentrate for long periods of time. You can keep calm under pressure, have plenty of stamina and work well in a team.

WHAT'S NEXT?

You’ll need to get moderate to high grade GCSEs to go onto college or 6th form to take A-Levels (or equivalent level 3 qualifications).

To train as an operating department practitioner, you’ll need to do an approved Dip HE or degree in operating department practice or get a degree apprenticeship in operating department practice with an employer.

You’ll typically need at least 2 A-Levels (or equivalent level 3 qualifications).