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Division A- ODP Apprentice Theatres
Band 2
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Addenbrookes Hospital-Division A
£20,270 - £21,318 pa pro rata
Salary period
11/12/2022 23:59
Interview date

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ODP Apprentice - Theatres (1)

Band 2

Job overview

To assist with patient care and other departmental related
duties as a Theatre Support Worker and as directed by
Registered Theatre Practitioners.
To complete a Care Certificate programme prior to applying
to the university, or complete it within 12 weeks of starting
the programme.
Upon entry on the ODP Apprenticeship, to train and study
to complete the BSc (Hons) ODP programme approved by
the HCPC and accredited by the College of Operating
Department Practitioners.
Candidates who do not enrol onto the University ODP
Apprenticeship programme, will remain employed at CUH
as band 2 Theatre Support Workers, and can receive
support to prepare for a future interview.
Upon registering with the HCPC via the ODP apprenticeship
route, candidates are guaranteed a job as a band 5 ODP at

Main duties of the job

Operating Department Practitioners (ODP’s) are registered health care professionals who have an integral role in the provision of safe, holistic perioperative care.  Are you an aspiring ODP? Are you a college leaver pursuing ODP training?  Or simply seeking a change in career pathway? With no upper age limits, for our apprentices, this post is open to anyone aged over 18 years.

Perioperative Care services are recruiting Theatre Support Worker – Operating Department Practitioner Apprentices. Successful candidates will potentially be joining a University cohort commencing  May 2023, and upon gaining professional registration via the ODP apprenticeship route, they will be guaranteed a job as a band 5 ODP at CUH. Candidates who do not enroll onto the University ODP Apprenticeship programme, will remain employed at Cambridge University Hospital (CUH) as band 2 Theatre Support Workers. 

Working for our organisation

Our Trust

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust comprises Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge. With over 11000 staff and over 1100 beds the priorities of the Trust focus on a quality service which is all about people – patients, staff and partners. Recognised as providing ‘outstanding’ care to our patients and rated ‘Good’ overall by the Care Quality Commissioner, is testament to the skill and dedication of the people who work here. CUH’s values – Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent – are at the heart of patient care, defining the way all staff work and behave. The Trust provides accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge, together with specialist services, dealing with rare or complex conditions for a regional, national and international population.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people’s age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.


Band 2 

  • As per Home Office guidelines, please be aware that, unfortunately, the Trust is unable to offer sponsorship for this particular position.


This vacancy will close on the 11th of December.

Interviews are due to be held on the 20th of December.

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.


Person specification


Essential criteria
  • 5 GCSE’s (or equivalent) at grades A-C or 4-9  Mathematics and English GCSE, or level 2 equivalent such as functional skills  A-Level study with 112 UCAS points –or Level 3 qualification in a Health and Social Care related course  DBS- Ability to meet the occupational health requirements of the programme  If English is a second language the applicant should hold an overall IELTS score of at least 7.0 with no element below 6.5
Desirable criteria
  • Completed Care Certificate


Essential criteria
  • Experience in a multi-disciplinary team  Demonstrates verbal and non-verbal communication skills  Evidence of recent study
Desirable criteria
  • Previous NHS Hospital experience or previous work in a care environment  Previous operating theatre experience


Essential criteria
  • Understand the importance of confidentiality and demonstrate knowledge of how it can be maintained  Understands the importance of respect and communication  Understands Health & Safety requirements.  Understands the importance of good timekeeping  Understands what makes effective teamwork  Knowledge of the role of the ODP as a registered practitioner providing holistic care to surgical patients
Desirable criteria
  • Understands the importance of Infection Control Standards  Demonstrate an understanding of what it is like to work in an operating theatre


Essential criteria
  • Good communication skills and ability to follow verbal and written instructions accurately  To be able to work effectively as part of a team.  Computer literacy  Respect for patients’ dignity, wishes and beliefs demonstrating empathy and kindness  Understanding of the importance of commitment, values and behaviours  Demonstrates behaviours which are caring and compassionate  Enthusiastic, having a positive work ethic, being keen to learn and able to work in an operating theatres and wider multidisciplinary team
Desirable criteria
  • Able to recognise situations when a more senior member of staff is required  Able to prioritise and organise own workload  Understands the importance of consistently providing individualised care basis  Attention to detail

Additional Requirements

Essential criteria
  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of Safe, Kind, Excellent.

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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Theatre Practice Education Team
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Practice Education - Theatres
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