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Operating Department Practitioner (degree)

Supporting operating theatre staff and providing care to patients at all stages of an operation

Regulated standard

This standard needs a training provider who is recognised by the associated approval body. Please check with the training provider for further details.

Summary of this apprenticeship standard


6 (equivalent to bachelor's degree)

Typical length
48 months
Current funding band
Up to £24,000 per apprentice.
More information about funding
Entry requirements
  • set by the employer but must meet the 15 standards as set out in the Care Certificate 2.
  • subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks.
What apprentices will learn
  • prepare operating theatre and equipment
  • theatre cleanliness
  • ordering and rotating drugs
  • understand instruments used in a theatre
  • patient dignity and care

Complete an operating department practice degree approved by Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Professional registration

Register as an operating department practitioner with the HCPC.

How apprentices are assessed

A government-approved organisation must assess apprentices towards the end of their apprenticeship.

This end-point assessment ensures apprentices achieve the skills, training and any qualifications necessary to complete their apprenticeship.

You can download the assessment plan from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education. There are no end-point assessment organisations for this apprenticeship yet. Please email if you urgently need an end-point assessment organisation.

More Information

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has more detailed information about this apprenticeship.