Operating Department Practitioner (Qualified)

Service:Surface Fleet
Branch:Medical
Level:Rating
Healthcare
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The role at a glance

What you’ll do

Saving the lives of the people who risk theirs. That’s what you’ll be doing as an ODP in the Royal Navy. From day one, you’ll be an integral part of the surgical team, tackling all aspects of the operating theatre and developing skills that will stay with you for life. And you’ll work all over the world in some of the most challenging environments imaginable too.

Your role

  • Use your expertise where it’s needed most – from treating trauma patients during a humanitarian crisis, to providing surgical treatment at an NHS hospital
  • Be part of a world-class medical service that’s respected far beyond the Armed Forces
  • Provide crucial, lifesaving medical support in situations that can be demanding and sometimes dangerous
  • Gain experience in a wide range of disciplines, including becoming qualified as a Sterile Services Manager and Surgical First Assistant

What you’ll get

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • Study for A-Levels, NVQs or even a degree, partially paid for by us
  • An opportunity to study further at Degree level 6 and Masters level 7 to top up your professional portfolio

Skills you'll develop

  • Continued training and development in challenging environments
  • Gain experience in a multidisciplinary team

Career progression

What you'll need

Eligibility

  • If you take your A-levels after the start of 2017, you need 88 UCAS points including two non-overlapping subject areas; before 2017, you need 220 UCAS points
  • DipHE or BSc Operating Department Practice
  • Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered
  • You must be aged 20 to 36
  • You need to be a minimum height of 151.5cm and within the healthy range for Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • You must be a British or Irish national, a Commonwealth citizen who has lived in the UK continuously for the 5 years prior to applying, or a dual national

Skills and interests

  • A technical thinker
  • An aptitude for the clinical environment
  • A team player
  • An adventurous spirit
  • Able to stay positive in the face of adversity

Check Eligibility

Starting your career

Joining process

Once you’ve confirmed your eligibility, the joining process is as follows:

  • Submit an application

    Once you’ve registered your interest and have satisfied the basic eligibility criteria, you will be sent an online application form

  • Naval Service Recruitment Test (NRST)

    You’ll be tested on general reasoning, verbal ability, numeracy and mechanical comprehension

  • Interview

    A formal interview to talk through your suitability for the role

  • Medical and eye tests

    These are quite comprehensive and must be completed by one of our Ministry of Defence-approved doctors

  • Pre-Joining Fitness Test (PJFT)

    This involves completing a 2.4km run on a treadmill within a certain time, at a fitness centre near you

  • Pre Royal Navy Course (PRNC)

    This four-day induction to life in the Royal Navy is a pass or fail course

  • Start training

    Once you’ve passed a Security Check, you’ll be offered a place at HMS Raleigh


Initial training

Your Royal Navy career begins with 10 weeks’ basic training at HMS Raleigh, a shore base in Torpoint, Cornwall. The discipline, teamwork, organisational, firefighting and weapon handling skills you learn here will stay with you right through your career.

Aim to get yourself as fit as possible before you arrive. You’ll be doing a lot of physical exercise, and you’ll find it much easier if you’re already in shape. There’s also a swimming test, so if you can’t swim, make sure you learn by the time you join us.


Professional training

Gain leadership and management skills, which will develop you clinically and militarily. You’ll learn to adapt your medical knowledge for use in the maritime environment. Gain experience over a number of clinical areas, airway management, scrub and recovery.  All to harness your skills ready for deployment.  As you progress you will also extend your management role and take charge of the equipment and its maintenance, including gaining a qualification in sterilisation.