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Apprentice Operating Department Practitioner

NHS England Apprenticeships
Kings Lynn
Competitive salary
Closing date
17 Dec 2023

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Job summary

Are you a dynamic, enthusiastic, motivated, forward thinking individual with an interest in providing a high standard of care to patients within the Perioperative setting?

Main Theatres are offering a new Degree Apprentice Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) programme in partnership with the University of Derby.

The Apprentice Operating Department Practitioner will work towards becoming a Registered Operating Department Practitioner combining academic and work based learning, you will be supported to develop the knowledge and skills required over the duration of the 3 year apprenticeship.

On successful completion of the apprenticeship programme you will demonstrate you meet the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC 2014) Standards of Proficiency for Operating Department Practitioners and are eligible to apply for HCPC registration. Following successful registration with HCPC and interview you will be offered a full time Operating Department Practitioner position.

Please note the salary for this apprenticeship post will be paid as follows: 60% of Band 5 rate in Year 1, 65% of Band 5 rate in Year 2, 70% of the Band 5 rate in Year 3.

Main duties of the job

The ODP Apprenticeship is a 3 year training programme working towards registration as an ODP with level 6 BSc Honours degree. You will develop and maintain skills, knowledge and competencies to be able to work in a dynamic and changing health care environment. You will be based in Main Theatres but expected to work in various surgical specialities that includes young people and adults in surgical, anaesthetics and post anaesthetic care unit settings to meet training demands. Throughout training all work activities will be under the direct guidance and supervision of a registered practitioner.

Our Main Theatre Suite comprises of ten Theatres and three Recovery Units; one of our theatres is a dedicated obstetric theatre and two of our theatres are modern, integrated theatres. We cover a wide range of surgical specialties including advanced laparoscopic surgery.

We also provide skilled anaesthetic assistance in other areas such as CT, MRI, the Emergency Department and transfers to other units; along with participating as part of the resuscitation team.

The successful candidate would be expected to participate in a rota system that provides 24 hour care, including weekends and public holidays.

About us

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) King's Lynn is located near some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK, along the north Norfolk coast, and not far from Sandringham House.

We provide a comprehensive range of specialist, acute, obstetrics and community-based healthcare services to around 331,000 people across west and north Norfolk, in addition to parts of Breckland, Cambridgeshire and South Lincolnshire.

We have more than 4,000 staff and volunteers, approximately 530 beds, and a helipad for air ambulances. We work with neighbouring hospitals for the provision of tertiary services, including as part of regional partnership and network models of care, such as the trauma network.

In February 2022 the significant progress that has been made at QEH was recognised by the Care Quality Commission who rated the Trust as 'Good' in all of the core services they inspected. They recommended the Trust moves out of the recovery support system (formerly special measures).

Date posted

06 December 2023

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 5


£28,407 to £34,581 a year Annex 21 Band 5 rate-60% in Year1, 65% in Year2 and 70% in Year3




36 months

Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Gayton Road

Kings Lynn

PE30 4ET


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