Operating department practitioners MAC report March 2009

WRT’s work indicates that the numbers of practicing operating department practitioners (ODPs) is broadly equal to service demand. However, many NHS organisations report difficulties filling substantive vacancies. There are reported shortages in the theatre nurse workforce, which incorporates ODPs. WRT analysis indicates that in the short-term the use of overseas recruitment may be a sensible mechanism to help with the difficulties filling substantive ODP vacancies being reported by many NHS organisations.

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