ODP day 2020

15 May 2020 1:00am

A day to celebrate the ODP profession and for colleagues and the public to find out more about the ODP role.

The College of Operating Department Practitioners introduced National ODP Day in 2018. This was a huge success with lots of engagement on social media. One of the main aims of the day was to raise the profile of ODPs and this was certainly achieved as #ODPday became a top trending tweet on the day.

The College has decided to make this an annual event; this year ODP day will be held on

Thursday May 14th 2020.

2020 is a very special year for the College, it is the 75th anniversary of the founding of the College so we want as many ODPs to get involved as possible. Because it is our 75th anniversary, we are extending the celebrations to run to 19th June when we will be holding a professional seminar and a celebratory meal (tickets for the seminar will go on sale in mid-April). ODPs will therefore be invited to celebrate the role of ODPs at any stage across that time period if 14th May does not work for them.

We want as many people as possible to get involved. There is a range of downloadable resources available on the CODP page and make sure that you talk to your branch about promotional materials (a celebratory badge, a pen and a lanyard)

Talk to your branch about activities on the day, such as:

  • An information stall in your hospital/University (or even local shopping centre) to promote the range of skills ODPs have and raise public awareness of what ODPs do,
  • Organise careers talks at your local schools or talk to local groups such as Brownies, Scouts, St John’s Ambulance Cadets etc
  • Have a bake sale, again to draw people in so that you can raise the profile of ODPs
  • Find a local celebrity to dress up in scrubs
  • Get quotes from patients about their positive experience
  • Tweet photos of your activities during the day using the official hashtag: #ODPday.

Most of all, have FUN and be proud to promote ODPs on #ODPday