Operating Department Practitioner Day!

14 May, 2024

Tuesday 14th May is Operating Department Practitioner Day!

The Level 6 Operating Department Practitioner apprenticeship standard has been approved for delivery since 28th June 2018.

Operating department practitioners are registered healthcare professionals specialising in caring for people of all ages before, during and after surgery. Operating department practitioners, therefore, mainly work in operating departments. They work alongside other professionals, such as doctors and nurses, and take a lead role in ensuring the service user is safe during each stage of the journey through the operating theatre. Operating department practitioners must continually make professional decisions to ensure the service user receives the best care. Operating department practitioners also ensure that the operating theatre environment is safe and effective and, therefore, have expertise in the management of specialist equipment and materials in a highly technical environment; for example, handling surgical instruments, checking anaesthetic equipment, moving individuals, and giving medication.

There are currently 25 registered training providers for this standard.

Take a look at our Level 6 Operating Department Practitioner Information Pack.

You can access the Level 6 Operating Department Practitioner apprenticeship standard here.

From 1st August 2023, the Department for Education has merged RoATP (Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers) and RoEPAO (Register of End Point Assessment Organisations) and is now called APAR (Apprenticeship Provider and Assessment Register).

You access information about applying to the APAR as an apprenticeship training provider.