Our Future – Your Say

College of Operating Department Practitioners – Strategy 2028

Read our consultation response (April 2023).

Since 2006, the College has been a part of UNISON. While being part of a large, established organisation has enabled several successes for the College, there have also been some limitations. For example, the ability to respond in an agile manner to external funding opportunities. Furthermore, some ODPs have expressed a desire for an independent College with its own governance arrangements to operate a separate membership which is no longer contingent on trade union membership.

The College is the recognised professional body for Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs). The College was founded in 1945 and was originally launched as The Association of Operating Theatre Technicians. As the ODP role evolved, our name has changed to reflect the developing profession and in 2007 we became known as the College of Operating Department Practitioners (CODP).

Read more about the history of the CODP 

In 2006 the College’s [and its predecessor organisations] assets were bought out of administration by Care Connect Learning (CCL), UNISON’s member learning organisation. This was essential to ensure the financial viability and therefore the continued operation of the College. However, the College would like to look at different options for the future and we would like your views to help us shape this.

Please click here to read our strategy.

The college has recently consulted on a strategy for the future and we are pleased to launch our consultation response.


Consultation response
CODP Strategy 2028
CODP Constitution
Consultation poster download