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We comprise of 55 Operating Theatres spread across two sites at the Freeman Hospital and the Royal Victoria Infirmary. We employ over 600 staff and perform approximately 70,000 operations per year.

Operating Department Practitioner

If you are an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) or due to qualify and you want to work for one of the most innovative and diverse peri-operative environments in the country then look no further!

We comprise of 55 Operating Theatres spread across two sites at the Freeman Hospital and the Royal Victoria Infirmary. We employ over 600 staff and perform approximately 70,000 operations per year.

We have a dedicated, friendly and professional team focussed upon providing patient centred care. Our theatres operate a 24/7 service providing weekend working, internal rotation on to night duty as well as an out of hours trauma and emergency service provision covering all surgical specialities.

Our theatres provide specialised Cardio-thoracic Surgery and transplant, Orthopaedic Trauma, Plastic / Burns Surgery, Reconstructive Surgery, Hepato-Biliary Liver and Renal Transplant & retrieval Surgery, Neuro Surgery, Ophthalmology Surgery, General and Vascular Surgery, Spinal Upper and Lower Limb Surgery, Upper Gastro-Intestinal Surgery, Gynaecology Surgery, Urology Surgery, Ear Nose and Throat Surgery, Oral and Maxillo Facial Surgery, Paediatric Specialised Theatres and a Da Vinci Robotic Surgery Service.

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Frequently asked questions

What opportunities are available for ODP’s?

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Tremendous opportunities exist for well-motivated and enthusiastic ODP’s to develop their skills and experience in a range of specialties. We have a well-established development strategy to ensure that this valued and supported workforce are equipped to meet the future challenges of healthcare provision. Each area has a dedicated Clinical Educator to support staff in clinical practice.

As a Teaching Hospital we are committed to life-long learning and have a broad portfolio of internal study days and courses.  We also have close links to Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside Universities who provide modules for our continual academic and professional development.

We have a wide range of long term career options for ODP’s and want to ensure no member of staff leaves our Trust for anything other than a positive reason. We have clearly defined yet flexible career pathways no matter what stage of your career you are it. Pathways exist for:

  • Senior Management Roles
  • Advanced Practice Roles
  • Clinical Educator Roles in Peri-Operative Services

How do we recruit ODP’s?

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We advertise ODP vacancies and interview on a monthly basis with the exception of December. If you are a new registrant due to qualify we recommend you apply for the interviews 4 months before you are due to qualify. If you apply before this you are unlikely to be shortlisted.

The post will be advertised on NHS jobs and can be found here. The interview dates are included with each advert. Please make sure you check this date as we cannot offer an alternative date. We do however offer interview slots from 8:30am to 3pm.  All of our OPD posts are included in a single advert, the advantage of this is you only have to attend for one interview but this gives you access to all the ODP posts that are available on the day

When you attend for the interview you will be given a list of all areas that are recruiting that day including scrub, anaesthetics and recovery. You will be asked to select up to three areas of interest - if successful at interview we will always try and offer you your first choice of post however if that’s not possible we would then look at your second and then third choice. If successful we will always offer you a specific post, you won’t go into a “pool” to await a suitable post.

You can specify if you have a preference for working at the RVI or Freeman as our services are delivered on both sites. You will be asked if you would like full or part time work and if part time how many hours you would be interested in.

We welcome any queries regarding specific posts you can contact us at 

You can search for all other posts here. Each vacancy has a contact name if you have queries about that specific post.

What if I have never been to the Trust before – can I come for a visit?

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We encourage staff to come for a visit if you have never been to the Trust before. This gives you a chance to see what services we offer and what posts might be available and it gives us a chance to give you a warm welcome and say hello.

If you are interested please email Ian Joy Senior Nurse for Nursing and Midwifery Staffing and he can arrange a visit with the most suitable person.

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