Are you interested in rewarding career in perioperative care? Have you got excellent management skills and a passion for supporting others? Start your journey to becoming a vital part of the theatre team, at one of the UK's largest providers of training with our BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice (ODP) course.
Operating Department Practitioners work within operating theatres and critical care areas. They are required to be responsive, anticipate requirements of both patients and staff, whilst providing the highest standards of perioperative care.
Upon successful completion of this course you will be eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council for registration as an Operating Department Practitioner.
The course combines theoretical and practical skills, complemented with clinical placements in a range of specialities and settings. Our approach to learning means that you will leave with clinical competence and the ability to apply best knowledge to direct patient care in contemporary healthcare settings.
Your work will be assessed using a mix of methods including text based submissions, written examinations, oral examinations, presentations and clinical skills assessment both in placement and within simulated learning environments on campus. You will be encouraged to develop and demonstrate a range of skills to prepare you for a successful career as an Operating Department Practitioner, including confidence in care delivery, the ability to research, appraise and evaluate evidence.
You will study at our brand new £41 million City South campus, complete with a fully equipped operating theatre, mock wards and specialist surgical simulation facilities to support you as a practitioner throughout the course.
Our academic team are dedicated to your development and have many years of experience in delivering perioperative education in academic and clinical settings, with many of our staff still actively working in operating department practice roles. Our experience provides an excellent resource that will help you develop a clear understanding of the relationship between theory and practice.
Our next Open Day for this course will take place on Saturday 30 June 2018. Book your place to see our facilities and speak to our staff and students.
To welcome all new home and EU undergraduate degree students starting in 2018 or 2019, we're giving at least £150 worth of credit to spend in a host of ways, on books and a range of learning materials. Even better, it doesn’t have to be repaid.
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We now recruit to the values of the NHS constitution. This influences our selection criteria and especially the values we are seeking to be demonstrated in both your application and interview, which we view as essential in any individual involved in patient care.
|Level 2 qualifications which must be achieved PRIOR to application for all applicants except Access Students (Please see Access entry requirements below):|
|A minimum of three GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (formerly C), must include English Language, Mathematics and Science or equivalent.
Acceptable GCSE Equivalents for a Science subject - a Pass in one of the following:
|Irish Leaving Certificate
A minimum of 5 Ordinary levels at Grade B3 or above, must include English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject.
A minimum of five Intermediate Standard 2 or above, must include English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject.
|Plus one of the following Level 3 qualifications which you may be working towards: (Except Access students - please see entry requirements below)|
|GCE A/A2 Level
112 UCAS points from a maximum of three A/A2 Level passes, which must include one of Health & Social Care, Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Applied Science, Psychology or Social Science at Grade B. A typical offer would be BBC.
General Studies, Critical Thinking and Extended Project not accepted.
|GCE AS/A2 Level
112 UCAS points from a maximum of two AS/A1 Level passes, plus a maximum of two A/A2 Level passes at Grade C or above, which must include one of Health & Social Care, Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology or Social Science.
General Studies, Critical Thinking and Extended Project not accepted.
|GCE/AVCE Double Award in Health and Social Care
112 UCAS points from A* A* profile or combined with UCAS points from a maximum of one GCE A/A2 level. General Studies, Critical Thinking and Extended Project excluded.
|BTEC National Certificate (NQF) in Health and Social Care, Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents
Acceptable only when combined with other Level 3 qualifications.
|BTEC National Diploma (NQF) in Health and Social Care, Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents
112 UCAS points from Distinction, Merit, Merit profile.
|BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) in Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents 112 UCAS points from DMM profile.|
|BTEC Diploma (QCF) in Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents
112 UCAS points from D*D* profile.
|BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) in Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents
Acceptable only when combined with TWO other Level 3 qualifications.
|International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
Minimum Grade 28 points required. Acceptable on its own or combined with other level 3 qualifications.
|Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced diploma
Core plus combined other Level 3 qualifications CACHE Diploma in Child Care and Education Minimum Grade B required (120 tariff points).
|CACHE Diploma in Child Care and Education
Minimum Grade B required (120 tariff points).
|The Open University K101 – An Introduction to Health and Social Care or equivalents
Completion of full year (transcripts will be required). K101 is acceptable with another level 3 qualification.
|Irish Leaving Certificate
112 UCAS points from a maximum of 5 Highers at Grade B2/H3 or above
|Scottish Qualifications – Advanced Highers
112 UCAS points from a maximum of 5 Scottish Highers and 3 Advanced Highers at Grade C or above.
|NVQ Level 4 in Health and Social Care
Full award required, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above.
|14-19 DIPLOMAs in Society Health and Development To be achieved in Advanced Diploma or Progression Diploma 120 UCAS points from an A Grade.|
|OCR National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care or Science
112 UCAS points from an M2 Grade OCR National Diploma or National Certificate in Health and Social Care or Science Grade D. Acceptable only when combined with other Level 3 qualifications.
Access to HE Diploma in a Health and Social Care Subject
If an applicant is studying an Access qualification or has already achieved an acceptable Level 3+ qualification, but is missing an acceptable Level 2 qualification, then they will be asked to complete Functional Skills Level 2 Maths and/or English Language (as applicable) by the 31st July alongside the GCSE they are studying.
Foundation degrees will be reviewed on an individual basis and will require a transcript of the content of the course.
Applicants’ qualifications that are not listed will be considered on an individual basis.
Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
Those who meet residency/academic requirements of UK students but whose language is not English will need to hold IELTS with an overall score of at least 7.0 with no element below 6.5.
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Sorry, this course is not available to international students.
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Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.
Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.
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From 1 November 2017 you may be able to apply for elements of the learning support fund if:
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Caring in the perioperative environment
This module introduces you, a student Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) to the essential knowledge required for working in a modern operating department and delivering safe and effective perioperative care. The module focuses upon a holistic, patient centred approach that encourages students to become autonomous, dynamic, reflective and self-directed learners within the three perioperative phases of Anaesthetics, Surgery and Post-Anaesthetic Care.
Introduction to Anaesthetic and Post Anaesthetic Care
This module provides you with an introduction to the role and responsibilities of the Operating Department Practitioner (ODP). Working in anaesthetics and post anaesthetic care and delivers essential knowledge required for working within a modern operating department, delivering safe and effective perioperative care.
Introduction to Bioscience
A working knowledge and understanding of bioscience at the beginning of the programme is essential in providing the basis for future learning in clinical practice and providing holistic, patient centred care. The module will provide you with this essential knowledge and will encourage you to explore and develop your understanding. It will enable you to better apply clinical theory to your practice and to develop your skills as a practitioner.
Student transition to higher education, becoming an Allied Health Care Professional
This module focuses upon the basic principles and responsibilities that underpin professional practice for the student who is aiming for professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). It will introduce you to some of the fundamental principles that underpin care within the National Health Service (NHS).
Introduction to Surgical Practice
Surgery is an essential component of health systems across the globe. This module provides you, a first year student Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) on the Diploma in Higher Education and BSc ODP programmes, to study the fundamental principles of surgical practice as part of the multidisciplinary team.
Developing Surgical Practice
This module allows you to develop your role as a circulating and scrub ODP to a level capable of dealing with the scheduled, non-scheduled and complex nature of surgery. Using knowledge and skills you acquired in the first year and other second year modules such as the Applied Bioscience and Perioperative Care modules, you will critically examine how your role impacts upon the safe and effective care of the patient during the intraoperative stage of their perioperative journey
This module builds on the knowledge you gained in the level 4 module Introduction to Bioscience. It allows you to explore the application of this knowledge in situations of injury and illness. You will have the opportunity to investigate the use of pharmacological interventions specific to operating department practice and its use in effective care delivery, this knowledge will then continue to develop throughout the other modules you will engage in throughout the year.
Developing Anaesthetic and Post-Anaesthetic Care
This module will enable you as a second-year student ODP to develop your role, skills and management of anaesthetic and post-anaesthetic care to a level capable of delivering care to patients with complex needs that may be undergoing elective, non-scheduled or emergency procedures.
Evidence based practice for the Allied Healthcare Professional
The focus for this module is evidence based practice and its relation to clinical practice. You will build upon your critical and analytical skills that you developed during the first year of your programme. As part of the module you will learn how to approach literature in a critical and analytical way discovering the various ways that data can be collected, turned into information and how this can be used to develop and enhance best practice. You will appreciate why certain research methodologies are used to help answer certain questions and add the ever expanding knowledge base around perioperative practice.
Human factors and the perioperative practitioner
The focus of this module is around the development and maintenance of a culture of safety within the perioperative environment. This culture will be explored and discussed in this module within the context of ‘Human Factors’ and their relationship with healthcare.
Changing demands and notions within the wider healthcare context
This module considers the wider context of the publicly funded system of healthcare in the NHS which operates within a complex environment with its economic, political and social dimensions; and is significant for your development as an Operating Department Practitioner as you gain an understanding of the pressures on, and accountability of the service you provide.
Enhanced Anaesthetic and Post- anaesthetic Care
This Enhanced Anaesthetics and Post Anaesthetic Care module provides you, a third-year student ODP to take an individual and holistic approach to the assessment, planning, management and evaluation of care for acutely ill patients having undergone complex, non-scheduled or emergency care.
Enhanced surgical skills
This enhanced surgical skills module allows you as a student ODP to develop enhanced surgical skills that includes clinical skills, teamwork and communication to enable you to provide high standards of perioperative care as an interprofessional member of the surgical team.
Extended studies in operating
This module will test your abilities to educate yourself, to demonstrate your expertise in collecting and analysing information. It will draw upon and utilise the academic skills that you have developed during the first two years of your programme. It will give you the opportunity to carry out an investigation into an area of professional practice and produce a written piece of work up to the standard required for publication in a health care journal. It will be based on the best evidence to support your professional practice.
Transition to registered practitioner
The module prepares you to be a professionally aware, autonomous and reflective practitioner at the point of registration and enhances your employability skills on qualification. It is designed to prepare you for the transition from student to Registered Operating Department Practitioner and develop skills to support your continuing professional development alongside the ability to manage yourself and others.
Your programme is delivered using a modular approach and divides the content of the programme into manageable elements of study and practice learning opportunities.
From structured lectures to personal use of our multimedia facilities, the focus for learning in the classroom is to help you to:
The knowledge and skills in relation to the 3 main areas of perioperative practice; anaesthesia, surgery and post-operative care are introduced, developed and enhanced over the 3 year duration of the course.
The module delivery is arranged in blocks to allow you to apply your new knowledge in the clinical setting.
You will experience a mixture of teaching, self-directed study and practice-based clinical placements, spending 60% of your time each year on placement.
Successful completion of this programme gives eligibility to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council for registration as an Operating Department Practitioner.
If you are dyslexic, have a specific learning difference or a disability, we have a Disability Tutor who can help and support you.
You will spend between 25 - 30 hours per week in the classroom when on study block.
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Operating Department Practice student Katrina Ballie explains how enrolling on this course has benefited her and enhanced her career prospects.
Successful students can apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.
This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council, and will give you eligibility to apply for registration if you successfully complete the course.
This course is awaiting endorsement from the College of Operating Department Practitioners, the professional body for the profession.
If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.
It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.
You can specialise post-registration or move into management or teaching.
Many are taught as part-time flexible modules to fit around your work and domestic commitments.
Advice is available on an individual basis on request, with reference to appropriate subjects, levels and routes of access.
To prepare students to meet the requirements for eligibility to apply for entry onto the Health and Care Professions Council register as Registered Operating Department Practitioners.
Combines theory with clinical placement to enhance awareness of different specialities in preparation for employment in operating theatre departments.
Develops transferable skills for working in a range of health care settings and recognising the need for life-long learning.
You will be required to travel for your clinical placements to engage in a broad range of specialities and practice areas. These placements will be with both NHS and independent health providers across the West Midlands.
It is important you appreciate that fees for accommodation and/or travel will require personal financial outlay; these may be reimbursable to some extent, the most up-to-date information can be found on the NHS Business Service Authority website and the administrative team can also advise. Additionally there is no guarantee of a placement in a specific hospital or area.
OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.
It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.
Previous graduates are now holding management posts within the NHS and private sector.
Alumni have senior educational posts in the NHS and as part of the course teaching team. This includes individuals who have published and presented at a national level.
Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.
Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.
The very nature of the Operating Department Practice course is that it is a professional program leading to eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC if successful.
The course develops essential skills enabling you to practice safely and effectively as a Registered Operating Department Practitioner and gain employment post qualification. However, we also want to encourage you to think about your potential future career path and help you plan your development to meet your long term expectations. Future career choices and development may lead to roles in the following but not limited to management, education, extended health care role (perioperative care practitioner, surgical first assistant).
The programme encourages students to attend study days and conferences to develop their learning. Students can apply for funding support for attendance.
Funded opportunities, for examples trips to specialist equipment manufacturers, are arranged when appropriate.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.
We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.
These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses cutting-edge learning facilities.
In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.
The mock operating theatre is set up in the way that you would it find in a hospital, with all of the machinery, tools and equipment necessary. Operating theatres can be daunting and confusing places on first view but with access to our mock theatre, you will be able to build up confidence and feel comfortable in your working environment.
The SPACE (Skills Practice And Care Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.
It is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, abdominal examination of a pregnant woman and caring for ill babies in an incubator.
The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.
You will have access to all of the University’s libraries, including the main Kenrick Library on the City North Campus, which is open for almost 90 hours a week and holds more than 320,000 books, 2,000 print journals and carries more than 4,000 electronic journals online.
The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:
Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.
The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.
The academic team are dedicated to the development of future caring professionals and have many years of experience delivering perioperative education in the academic and clinical settings. The teams’ experience of delivering perioperative care in the ‘real world’ provides an excellent resource to develop an understanding of the relationship between theory and practice. Additionally, the team are committed to the enhancement of perioperative care more widely through publication and information sharing in the wider healthcare environment.
Julie has spent 25 years working within the perioperative environment. In her last NHS post she worked as a Surgical Care Practitioner in general surgery at Trust within the West Midlands. Julie is passionate about perioperative care and has a particular interest in surgery, research and advancing surgical roles.