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Apprentice Operating Department Practitioner

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
Tunbridge Wells
£28,407 to £34,581 a year (Annex 21)
Closing date
25 Apr 2024

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a new role with in the Operating Department. We are looking to internally recruit Apprentice Operating Department Practitioners (AODP) to join our Theatre teams, working across both sites.

You will undertake a 3 year Fixed Term contract to attend university to gain an Apprenticeship degree in Operating Department Practice over a 3 year Academic course and gain the necessary requirements to join the Health and Care Professionals Council register.

The Education provider will be Canterbury Christ Church University. Attendance and completion of the course is mandatory and failure to do so will result in termination of contract.

The position will require working at both sites and across a full range of services in order to complete the academic requirements, including weekends and night duties.

Main duties of the job

As an active member of the multidisciplinary team, the Apprentice Operating Department Practitioner will help to provide a seamless service to patients under the direct supervision of registered theatre practitioners. The Apprentice Operating Department Practitioners will gain the knowledge and skills to assist in patient care during surgery, anaesthetics and post-operative care.

We would like you to possess excellent communication skills and be self-motivated, willing to embrace change and practice development within an ever changing environment.

The salary will be paid under the arrangements for Annex 21. Pay will be determined as a percentage of the pay for qualified staff depending on the length of the training period. In this instance it is 3 years. This means that on starting the apprenticeship of more than three years from completion of training: 65 per cent of the pay band maximum for the qualified rate. This will increase by 5% for each progressive completed year

For further information regarding Annex 21 please visit

About us

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is a large acute hospital Trust in the county of Kent.

The Trust provides a full range of general hospital services and some areas of specialist complex care to around 760,000 people living in the south part of West Kent and the north part of East Sussex.

The Trust's core catchment areas are Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells and their surrounding boroughs. We work from two main clinical sites: Maidstone Hospital and Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury. Tunbridge Wells Hospital opened in 2011 and provides single rooms with en-suites for all in-patients - the first of its kind in the country.

We employ more than 7,000 full and part-time staff in a huge range of clinical and non-clinical roles across both of our hospital sites.

Would you like to work flexibly? In the NHS, we are reminded every day of how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us, for our patients and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Once your pre-employment checks have been completed you will be contacted by Recruitment to arrange your start date which will be in line with one of our Corporate Inductions.

Following your Corporate Induction you will be expected to attend the Trusts 2-week Induction Programme for RNs, NAs, RMs, ODPs and Paramedics. The programme is full-time (please email if this is problematic)and will involve travel to both Trust sites. The programme includes supernumerary shifts in the clinical area, classroom-based sessions and e-learning.

Please note that appointment to this post will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service Check at Enhanced Level. (Enhanced level now includes regulated checks against vulnerable adults and children)

At MTW, we seek to develop a culture where everyone can reach their full potential with opportunities to grow and develop their career. We recognise and value the unique contributions that each of our staff bring, delivering the best quality care and service to our patients. We are committed to being a diverse employer and strive to reflect everyone in our local communities. We welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences and celebrate the diversity of thought, viewpoints and ideas that will make our Trust the best place to work.

We welcome applications from individuals wishing to become an Apprentice and gain experience in the NHS. You will develop new skills and knowledge whilst working with an established team, gaining valuable work experience and a recognised apprenticeship qualification.

Please Note: Government funded apprentices must be aged 16 or above and have been resident in the UK/EU for the last 3 years. You may possess a Degree, Level 4 qualification or above as long as it is in a subject significantly different to this qualification. You must not already be in any form of formal government-funded education.

Interview Date: To be confirmed

Person Specification



  • 5 GCSE's at Grade A-C/ Level 2 including Maths and English
  • Care Certificate
  • NVQ lvl 3 or equivalent
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7.0 with no element below 6.5 if English is not first language


  • Foundation Degree in Healthcare

Experience/ Knowledge


  • Demonstrates understanding of clinical issues within the Theatre Department


  • Theatre support worker experience
  • Current NHS Issues



  • Time management
  • Ability to work and study


  • Organisational skills

Employer details

Employer name

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust


Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Hospitals

Tunbridge Wells


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