Nursing - Apprentice Operating Department Practitioner

  • Department Theatres Department
  • Salary £22,477.65 - £25,935.75 per annum (Year 1: 65% top of Band 5, Year 2: 70%, Year 3 75%)
  • Closing Date 07/06/2023
  • Location The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital/The Princess Royal Hospital, Telford
  • Grade NHS AfC: Band 5
  • Job ref 223-AOD-797
  • Pension NHS Pension
  • Holidays Generous Holiday Allowance
  • NHS discount Eligible for NHS Discounts
  • Contract Apprenticeship - 3 Years
  • Hours 37.5


An exciting opportunity has arisen within Theatres  to study as  an Apprentice Operating Department Practitioner. This is a new and innovative route to acquire the knowledge, skills and behaviours across different areas of perioperative care.

This 3 year course combines work-based and academic learning between The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust and Staffordshire University, in which you will study for a BSc (Hons) in Operating Department Practice, incorporating the Integrated Degree Apprenticeship standards for Operating Department Practice.

During the apprenticeship you will be fully supported to develop skills and knowledge that will allow you to work in today’s dynamic, complex and changing healthcare environment. Whilst you will be allocated to the Operating Department, you will also experience working across both internal and external clinical placements areas to gain wider experience.

We have full time positions available at both of our hospital, The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and The Princess Royal Hospital (Telford).

Apprentice ODP's  will work collaboratively to maintain patient safety and provide high standards of skilled care and support during each stage of the patient’s journey through the operating theatre in anaesthesia, surgery and post anaesthetic care.

As part of the course you will be required to:

Deliver high quality, compassionate care under the direction of a Registered ODP / Nurse.
Successfully complete all educational elements of the programme as specified by The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals, Staffordshire University and Institute of Apprenticeship standards.
Work as part of a designated operating department team delivering care that focuses on the direct needs of the patient
Work with a Practice Educator / supervisor, taking responsibility for developing your own competence while on placements and attending academic study; maintaining evidence of your learning.
Demonstrate a flexible and dynamic attitude, both to your paid work and academic studies.

The ODP Apprentice role will involve working at both The Princess Royal Hospital in Telford and The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

The Princess Royal Hospital comprises of 10 Operating Theatres covering  a range of Major and Day Case Surgery including a 24/7 Obstetric service, Gynaecology, ENT, Max Fax, Elective & Orthopaedic Trauma, Breast Surgery, Paediatrics and Emergency CEPOD Theatre 24/7.

The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital comprises of 9 Operating Theatres covering a range of Major and Day Case Surgery including Colo-Rectal, Urology, Upper GI and Bariatric, Vascular, ENT, Max Fax, Orthopaedic Trauma and an Emergency CEPOD Theatre 24/7.

You will be joining a pro-active, dynamic multidisciplinary team who offer the best standards of perioperative care. Every day is different - challenging but rewarding. We pride ourselves on team work, learning and being forward thinking.

The well-being of our staff is of the upmost importance to us.  If you are offered a role at our Trust, and fall into the increased and higher risk categories as set out by Public Health England (PHE) and NHSI/E, your line manager will complete an risk assessment with you.  This will be completed in conjunction with the latest guidance from Public Health England in relation to Covid-19.

By submitting your application to Trac, you are giving your consent for parts of your application data to be transferred to the NHS Electronic Staff Record (ESR) and other secure, internal NHS Workforce systems. This is to support and manage your recruitment and employment within your employing organisation. 

If successful, by completing the NHS Jobs application form you authorise the Trust to obtain any previous NHS service details including all electronically held sickness information, via the Inter Authority Transfer process on the national ESR.

If the role requires a qualification/professional registration, you will need to provide proof during the recruitment process. By submitting your application you are giving the Trust permission to check the qualification certificates provided back to the source provider. Please note that a sample of all applicant’s qualifications will be checked with the educational institution or provider.

In the event of a high response to this advertisement, this post will be closed. Early applications are advised.
Unfortunately we do not accept CVs or keep them on file. If you are unable to apply online please contact the person named in the advertisement for the post you are interested in.
We are committed to offering an interview to all applicants with a disability who meet the minimum criteria for the above position and will support reasonable adjustments wherever possible.  In addition, whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from candidates who are male, from black and minority ethnic backgrounds or who have a disability, as these are currently under-represented in our workforce.
We are committed to equal opportunities in employment. The policies and practices of the Trust aim to promote an environment that is free from all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination and values the diversity of all people. At the heart of our policy, we seek to treat people fairly, flexibly and with dignity and respect.

Thank you for your interest in The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, we look forward to receiving your application for employment.

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