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    It's band 5 on qualifying, which is about 21k before tax. I get by on that amount fine. You get enhancements for working weekends and nights though. I moved from theatres because I wanted to experience another clinical environment but I still do agency shifts in theatre now and again.

    Work experience wise, like people have already suggested in this thread, find stuff outside of theatres and try to relate it to the theatre environment. Also, try contacting the theatres at your local hospital and see if you could visit for a day and see what it's actually like.


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    (Original post by moonkatt)
    It's band 5 on qualifying, which is about 21k before tax. I get by on that amount fine. You get enhancements for working weekends and nights though. I moved from theatres because I wanted to experience another clinical environment but I still do agency shifts in theatre now and again.

    Work experience wise, like people have already suggested in this thread, find stuff outside of theatres and try to relate it to the theatre environment. Also, try contacting the theatres at your local hospital and see if you could visit for a day and see what it's actually like.


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    ok thanks!
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    Re work experience, contact the hospitals and see if they will let you into theatre, also look at things like joining The British Red Cross and train as a First Aider. Another thing you could consider is being a volunteer in a hospital (would only have to do a few hours a week) or even try and get some work experience in a pharmacy!!Competition is pretty stiff for ODP entry and everything you do to show your interest will count for you. One of my 'offspring' did all of these things and received an unconditional offer a couple of days after the interview. They love ODP work
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    Hi which uni was the offer from. Instilled waiting to hear after my interview for ODP @ BCU?
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    You can become an ODP then go onto becoming a nurse or become a nurse and go into becoming an ODP.
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    It's a separate profession to nursing operating theatre work is not really nursing as such





    that's what I thought as well but when I search for ODP jobs on nhs jobs it usually comes up with Theatre nurse/ODP, why is that?[/QUOTE]
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    (Original post by Ron Taylor)
    It's a separate profession to nursing operating theatre work is not really nursing as such





    that's what I thought as well but when I search for ODP jobs on nhs jobs it usually comes up with Theatre nurse/ODP, why is that?
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    They're a separate professional group but both nurses and ODPs can work in the same roles in the peri operative environment. Nurses have to do an additional course to undertake the anaesthetic assistant role though.
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    ODPs and nurses are different and both have their pros and cons.
    I'm a third year student odp and the role does not differ massively in the theatre department.
    Replying to earlier comments we ALL care for the patient. Don't even think of applying if you think that's it's the nurses that clean up the poo and sick whilst we sit on our little odp throne. We work within a caring setting, which involves patient care ! In the odp course we learn more about anaesthesia and a&p specific to surgery and anaesthetic. We are involved with A&E resus and cardiac arrest teams. If you want to work in theatres and anaesthesia/critical care then do this course. There'll always be a divide between the two groups, but most are both at band 5 on the same pay grades and have equal responsibility.
    Go ODP !!!!
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    An ODP starts at the same band as a nurse and is paid the same goes up in increments just the same. ODP's sometimes are all the staff that's in theatre one doing anaesthetics one scrubbing and a recovery ODP!
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    ODP is the oldest profession original Box Boys 17 and 18th century in the 40's to 60's theatre attendants mid 60's theatre tech but not official 1970's ODA
    Then ODP. Problem now is training is so sub standard. To compete with the rest of the world UK ranks bottom

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    at the same band as a nurse and is paid the same goes up in increments just the same. ODP's sometimes are all the staff that's in theatre one doing anaesthetics one scrubbing and a recovery ODP!
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    I have always stated that ODP training should be a 2 tear system either become an anaesthesia tech proper or surgical tech proper. Like initial 6 mths theatre experience then decide becoming either surgical tech or anaesthesia tech with 3 yrs BSc in either. But the backward idiots at the top don't have a clue
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    I think you'll find hat ODP's are on exactly the same pay scale as nurses, it's just with people being narrow minded as such and nurses thinking they own the place, some people think otherwise
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    (Original post by sully50sully)
    from what I have understood from the NHS website is that it's not actually a nurse, a nurse/theatre nurse is VERY different from an ODP.
    Other than when RNs and ODPs work interchangeably in Reception, scrubside ( both circulating and scrubbed), PACU and if the RN has suitable competencies as an anaesthetist's assistant ... and if RN or ODP has suitable competencnes as either a First Assistant or Advanced Surgical Practitioner .

    In many / ?most Organisations ODPs and RNs are used interchangably in reception, scrubside and PACU, which indicates it;s not a 'very' different role

    The primary anaesthestist's assistant role requires specific competencies which an RN needs to acquire , but are in the pre-reg competencies for ODPs, consequently some places it's only / mainly ODPs doing that role .

    First Aisstant / ASP is not a role that a new Theatre practitioner regardless of RN or ODP will be doing until they have at least a couple of years experience scrubside / across all areas
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    (Original post by Hxjcn)
    I think you'll find hat ODP's are on exactly the same pay scale as nurses, it's just with people being narrow minded as such and nurses thinking they own the place, some people think otherwise
    yep they are

    band 5 on qualification ,
    generally
    band 6 first assistant and/or team leader ,
    band 7 as a manager or ASP
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    (Original post by moonkatt)

    They're a separate professional group but both nurses and ODPs can work in the same roles in the peri operative environment. Nurses have to do an additional course to undertake the anaesthetic assistant role though.
    didn't have to PRSOM Moonkatt for that , Merry Christmas - have some rep !
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    (Original post by sully50sully)
    I know quite a lot but odps help surgeons most of the time while as nurses take care of the patient and also I have done work experience in a care home with people who have dementia. Theatre nurses are different to odps it even states it on nhs website, a odp and a theatre nurse are very different check it out if you don't believe me.
    you must be trolling

    both Moonkatt and I have worked in Operating Theatres as RNs , we have actual lived experience of the interchangability of our role as a RN Theatre Practitioner with the role of the ODP Theatre Practitioner.
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    (Original post by lmon)
    ODPs and nurses are different and both have their pros and cons.
    I'm a third year student odp and the role does not differ massively in the theatre department.
    Replying to earlier comments we ALL care for the patient. Don't even think of applying if you think that's it's the nurses that clean up the poo and sick whilst we sit on our little odp throne. We work within a caring setting, which involves patient care ! In the odp course we learn more about anaesthesia and a&p specific to surgery and anaesthetic. We are involved with A&E resus and cardiac arrest teams. If you want to work in theatres and anaesthesia/critical care then do this course. There'll always be a divide between the two groups, but most are both at band 5 on the same pay grades and have equal responsibility.
    Go ODP !!!!
    good answer

    and there's 'no chair of anaesthesia ' in PACU or when you scrubbed ...
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    Thank you so much for explaining it so clearly what's expected from both practitioners.👍
 
 
 
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