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Apprentice - Operating Department Practitioner

Job Reference: 387-WD-3054-NG

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
Apprenticeship - Operating Department Practitioner
Weston General Hospital, Weston-Super-Mare
£16,189 - £18,092 Per annum


Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) Apprenticeship Degree in association with the University of Gloucestershire

Are you a dynamic, enthusiastic, motivated, forward thinking individual with an interest in providing a high standard of care to patients within the perioperative setting?

Would you like to work towards registration as a fully qualified ODP by undertaking a degree level apprenticeship? Apprenticeships combine work with academic study and you will be paid a salary whilst you are learning the necessary skills for your Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) qualification.

At University Hospitals Bristol & Weston (UHBW) NHS Foundation Trustwe are offering an amazing opportunity for a number of candidates to undertake an ODP Degree Apprenticeship in association with the University of Gloucestershire. This is a new and innovative route to acquire the knowledge, skills and behaviours required across different areas of perioperative care including anaesthetics, scrub and post anaesthetic care. On successful completion of the programme you will be eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to enter the Register of Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs). You will then be able to apply for a Band 5 ODP contract.

For the duration of the programme you will be employed as an Apprentice ODP. Depending on your experience and qualifications; if appointed the successful candidate will be on an Annex 21 contract for the duration of the course.

You will be employed in the Apprentice ODP role on a 3-year fixed term contract on a full time basis (37.5hrs per week) and will work as part of the Operating Department Team. This 3 year course combines work-based and academic learning between UHBW and the University of Gloucestershire. 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 placement areas to gain wider experience and achieve the learning outcomes of the programme.

You will be completing on-the-job learning and collating evidence of achievement in a practice portfolio. The academic study will make up 20% of the course and is delivered through 'blended learning' - a combination of face-to-face and online teaching. Face-to-face sessions will be in blocks and day release. Online learning can include group webinars, independent activities or reading between the block study sessions.

Entry Criteria

All applicants must:

  1. Be employed in relevant clinical practice
  2. Have an enhanced DBS check prior to commencing the course at a cost of £58.40 which is met by the student
  3. Be supported in their clinical practice by their employer and have a suitably qualified mentor
  4. Be able to use IT to search the internet and prepare written work/presentations
  5. Be able to provide evidence of achievement at NVQ level 3 or equivalent, and
  6. Have a pass at least grade C in Math and English at GCSE, or its equivalent. (e.g. Numeracy Adult level 2) or for a candidate taking the programme within the Higher Apprenticeship Framework can demonstrate they are undertaking this requirement with the support of their employer
  7. Have confirmation of support from employers that they can be released to attend all study days during the course (1 day per week), and will have the support for clinical practice development (1 day per week equivalence) and be supervised by a mentor

APEL – assessed in accordance with University regulations cost discounted by approved CAT equivalence

Application and selection process:

University Hospitals Bristol & Weston NHS Foundation Trust with the University of Gloucestershire will be holding a joint recruitment process. The opportunity will be advertised directly by individual Trusts/Healthcare Organisations and interested candidates will apply directly to their chosen organisation online. Candidates who are shortlisted will be invited to attend a recruitment event including individual interviews.

For further details / informal visits contact:

NameBarbara James or Katherine HuntJob titleTheatre Manager/Training & Development Team LeaderEmail addressKatherine.Hunt@UHBW.nhs.ukTelephone number01934647140


University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust is CQC rated Outstanding. As one of the largest acute Trusts in the country and the major teaching and research centre for the South West, we have over 13,000 staff, over 100 different clinical services. Working in ten hospitals across Bristol and Weston, we offer a wide range of careers and jobs. Together we support the delivery of excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond.

Our hospitals are based across Bristol and Weston-super-Mare, meaning you can enjoy the very best of both worlds; city living within a stone’s throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, with easy access to all that the South West has to offer.

UH Bristol and Weston is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust is an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we’re meeting our pledge.

To comply with Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016 all applicants must be able to speak fluent English to an appropriate standard which will be assessed at Interview.


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Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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