Operating Department Practice BSc(Hons)

2020-21

Start date

21 September 2020

Duration

3 years full-time

Entry requirements

A Level - BBC

BTEC - DMM

See full entry requirements

Places available (subject to change)

70

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472699

About the course

Do you like the idea of working in a dramatic and exciting environment, where you'll be part of a dynamic team in an operating theatre? Then perioperative practice could be a great career option if you want to open up a whole host of opportunities for your future. Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) work alongside surgeons, anaesthetists and other medical staff to provide care for patients at all stages of the surgical process.

  • You’ll have the opportunity to practise your skills in our simulated operating theatre, enabling you to experience the operating theatre environment.
  • The course is regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) so you’ll benefit from experienced staff, specialist labs and great links to NHS Trusts and our partners in the private sector.
  • Our clinical placements opportunities enable you to gain valuable hands-on experience in a number of perioperative environments.
  • You’ll get the chance to work in the real world as part of interdisciplinary teams in a variety of care settings, so you’ll be able to see how ODPs contribute to all sorts of specialist areas.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to hear the experiences and viewpoints from Service Users and Carers, who are part of the Public Partnership Group.

On our Operating Department Practice course you’ll get a strong grounding in the theory exploring what’s involved in the three interconnected aspects of the role: anaesthetic, surgical and post anaesthetic. From the very beginning, you’ll be supported in your studies by academic staff and qualified practitioners who understand what it’s like to be an ODP. As the course progresses, you’ll move beyond the fundamentals to delve into the role research plays in perioperative practice and explore leadership and management strategies.

Please note: the information for this course is subject to change.

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“This course provides our students with the opportunity to develop excellent academic and clinical skills, due to the time they spend in practical sessions, seminars and lectures, as well as clinical practice in operating theatre departments.

“Over the duration of the course our students are allocated placements in three different theatre departments, allowing them to gain experience in a broad range of surgical specialities working in different hospitals in the public and private sector. 

“Practical sessions are undertaken in our dedicated operating theatre and resuscitation/recovery room using the same equipment found in clinical practice. State of the art, computerised mannequins are used which react to the students’ interventions in a safe, simulated environment. This provides the opportunity for our students to build up their confidence and develop their skills.”

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“The course provides students with a great balance of university life, academic study and clinical placements. The clinical placement experiences the students gain are invaluable, enabling them to be hands on and see what the job is really like.

“The course also provides the opportunity for students to experience clinical skills within Anaesthetics, Scrub and Recovery. They get to work with many different practitioners, as part of a multi-skilled and multidisciplinary team.

“When the students graduate they are well prepared for working as qualified operating department practitioners, as they have been provided with the skills, support and experience to move seamlessly into working life. The course is demanding but extremely rewarding, with hands on patient care at the centre of everything they do."

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['Lorraine Horton Smith', None]

['Lorraine Horton-Smith', 'Jordan Faithwaite'], ['Lecturer in Operating Department Practice BSc(Hons)', 'Lead Education Facilitator at Leeds Teaching Hospitals for Theatres']

Course detail

Core modules:

Applied Anatomy and Physiology for Perioperative Practice

You will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of a range of essential concepts related to normal and altered anatomy and physiology that underpin perioperative practice. You will also investigate the structure and function of the human body systems and the fundamentals of microbiology related to perioperative care. Assessment will involve completing an exam where you will explore principles of anatomy and physiology relevant to Operating Department Practice.

Introduction to Perioperative Practice and Patient Care

Through this practice module you'll have the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of patient needs and how to undertake effective perioperative patient care. This will involve working as part of the multidisciplinary team under the direct supervision of qualified clinical staff. You'll also have the chance to develop and demonstrate your competence in undertaking the anaesthetic, scrub and circulating roles. Assessment will involve completing coursework, in the form of a skills inventory and professional development portfolio. These will be assessed by clinical mentors, who have responsibility for assessing your competence throughout the placement.

Principles of Perioperative Practice

In this module you will be introduced to anaesthetic techniques and will investigate the role of the anaesthetic practitioner in assisting the anaesthetist during perioperative care. You will also have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the roles of circulating practitioner and scrub practitioner, and explore how these roles function in support of the patient, the surgeon and each other. This will involve examining surgical techniques and equipment required when carrying out surgical interventions. You will be assessed through coursework, where you complete four scenarios via an electronic learning log and undertake a presentation exploring infection control issues.

Professional Development and Research 1

This module involves a multidisciplinary team based learning approach, working with Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Operating Department Practice, Physiotherapy and Podiatry students. The professional development element of the module will encourage you to explore issues of lifelong learning and continuing professional development that underpin the essential skills needed in order to understand registration requirements for your field specific professional/statutory bodies. You will be assessed by four pieces of coursework.

Entry requirements

BBCat A Level

112 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications

DMM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

  • NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma/Level 3 Extended Diploma at Grade B.
  • Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits, 15 at Distinction, and 30 at Merit.

In addition you must have GCSE English Language or Literature and Maths at grade 4 or above, or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme, or equivalent.

You must be able to demonstrate an appreciation of the role and work of the operating department practitioner.

  • Offers will be subject to an interview and references. Please note all the information provided in support of your application may be checked and must be verifiable as a true record.
  • You also need satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and occupational health clearances prior to registration. We arrange these as part of the application process. You will be required to sign a self-declaration at the start of each year. All police contact during the course must be reported to the course leader as a matter of urgency and may lead to suspension or termination.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

Please note places are limited and attainment of the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an interview or offer. You must include details of any previous study.

Placements


You'll spend 73% of your time on the course undertaking clinical placements in a range of settings. This provides a number of opportunities for you to develop the required clinical skills and experience a variety of placements and the diversity of procedures in the perioperative environment. Your placements will be equivalent to 560 clinical hours in Year 1, 624 clinical hours in Year 2 and 576 hours in Year 3.

These placements which will be allocated by the University, will be undertaken in up to two or three different hospitals. As placements are undertaken in the hospitals listed below you must be prepared to travel to any or all of these.

  • Airedale General Hospital
  • Bradford Teaching Hospital
  • Calderdale General Hospital
  • Dewsbury and District Hospital
  • Harrogate District Hospital
  • Huddersfield BMI
  • Huddersfield Royal Infirmary
  • Leeds Teaching Hospital including Leeds General Infirmary, St James’s, Chapel Allerton and Wharfdale
  • Pinderfields Hospital
  • Pontefract Hospital

Placements are also undertaken in some private hospitals including Spire Leeds, the Yorkshire Clinic, Leeds Nuffield, BMI The Duchy Hospital Harrogate, Spire Elland and Spire Methley Park.

“Placements are an integral part of the course, which are undertaken throughout the three years. During each year, we are rotated through different hospitals and trusts, providing the opportunity to gain skills, experience and knowledge in difference specialties.”

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Sanna Aslam, Graduated Operating Department Practice BSc(Hons) in 2019, now an Operating Department Practitioner at St James’ University Hospital

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Your career


Recent graduates from this course have become theatre practitioners in NHS hospitals.*

Other opportunities may include roles as perioperative practitioners, specialist practitioners, team leaders, managers, educators and academics both in clinical settings and universities, as well as working in other areas where critically ill patients are cared for. The course enables graduates to apply for Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration and then work as a perioperative practitioner.


*  Percentage of graduates from this course who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).
** Source: DHLE survey 2015/16, 2016/17 and LinkedIn

95% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Human and Health Sciences, which provides you with support in a variety of areas. These include:

Student Hub: a one stop shop for students, studying within the School. Their services include offering advice on extenuating circumstances, extension requests, attendance and welfare support, organising appointments with academic staff, signposting to other support networks and loan of MP3 recorders.

Academic Skills Development Team: provides guidance about how students can develop their academic skills in order to improve their grades. The team provide support with general academic skills including essay writing, time management, presentations and group work skills; information technology and numeracy; research skills, as well as personal development for example confidence building and assertiveness.

Learning Technology Support Unit: helps students with any problems they experience with the University’s Brightspace System, including logging on or difficulties experienced when accessing modules.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

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The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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