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Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
Hello,
I really hope you can help in some way or another.
I am 21 and I am I work in an accounts office and also studying the AAT course hoping to go further.
However,what I have always wanted to do work in the hospital theatre.I wanted to be surgeon but I couldn't do the A-levels in the sciences so I went down this road.Now,I have looked into how I could get into working in surgery and there is a course that I could do at Unit but it's full time.
So I don't know whether to give up full time work and try and get in the uni course....
Or should I try and get hospital work and see if I can work my way up that way?
The job I am intersted in is called Operational Department Practitioner.

Does anyone work in a hospital?
Could you tell me if working my way up is possible?
Is the degree the only way to go about it?

Thanks for your time.

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I don't think you neccesarily need to do the degree to be an ODP. You may be able to do part-time training while you work kind of thing. Try this site for more details. I had a good ODP when I went into hospital, really made me relax before the anaethetist came along.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Thanks for the advice.
    That page is great but it seems to only mention that you need a degree.otherwise how can I get into the training......Do you think the best thing to do is to just get a job in the hospital and try and work my way up?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Well the NHS careers website says that it takes 2 years full-time, or up to 7 years part-time to get the dipHE in ODP. As it says part-time it would suggest to me that you can do on the job training which would require you to apply for, and get a job as a trainee ODP or Theatre Support Worker. Either way you need to be looking out for appropriate jobs on your local hospital website or the site below.

    http://www.jobs.nhs.uk

    http://www.aodp.org
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Aye, you would probably be better at going to uni full-time and doing the ODP course and maybe work part-time as an auxiliary in theatres.

    Or you could go into nursing and specialise in theatres when you qualify.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Thanks for the suggestions.
    I need to weight up my options and see if I can do without the money I usually get.
    I'm also thinking that it may be difficult to get a job in the hospital to work in the theatre.Do you know if it is difficult?
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