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Supporting T Level placements in Theatres: growing the next generation of ODPs

NHS England - North West (Workforce Training & Education) are inviting colleagues to join us at a regional webinar we are hosting on Tuesday 9th May, 1:00 – 2:30pm where we will be exploring the fantastic value of supporting T Level (Health) students through industry placements in Theatres / Perioperative Care and how this can be utilised as a meaningful approach to supporting young people into careers in healthcare such as operating department practice.

We are delighted to bring together regional and local colleagues for an online webinar where you will hear from:

  • Deborah Preece, Regional ODP Clinical Fellow for NHS England - North West (Workforce, Training & Education)
  • Jacqui Gladwin, Regional Widening Participation Programme Lead for NHS England - North West (Workforce, Training & Education), providing an overview of the Health T Level.
  • Two excellent case examples of supporting T Level placements in the Theatre environment from colleagues at:
    • University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with Kendall College
    • Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with Tameside College 
  • Ruth Keeler, Strategic Lead for Careers and Engagement for NHS Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Board discussing T Levels and benefits for the healthcare workforce.

This regional webinar is for NHS and non-NHS employers in the North West, and further education colleges who currently deliver or are interested in delivering the Health T Level.

It is relevant for Theatre managers and matrons, Theatre practice educators, ODPs, learning & development teams, including vocational learning leads and apprenticeship leads, and college course leads and faculty. 

To register for this webinar you can sign up via the link here –

click me to register for T level webinar.


Launched in September 2020, T Levels are new 2-year courses which are taken after GCSEs and are broadly equivalent in size to 3 A Levels. These courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and further education providers so that content meets the needs of the healthcare sector and prepares students for entry into skilled employment, an apprenticeship or related technical study through further or higher education.

T Levels offer students practical and knowledge-based learning at a school or college and on-the-job experience through an industry placement of at least 315 hours – approximately 45 days.

To find out more about T Levels prior to to this event please visit