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.
On our Operating Department Practice degree 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.
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.
You’ll have the opportunity to practice your skills in our simulated operating theatre, enabling you to experience the operating theatre environment. We know that learning on the job is often the best way to pick up new skills. That’s why we’ve designed the course to give you valuable hands-on experience in a wide variety of clinical placements. 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, and be inspired about where your career could take you.
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.
“The unique structure of Operating Department Practice BSc(Hons) provides the opportunity for students to gain clinical skills on placements on a weekly basis for a maximum of 24 hours a week, whilst also gaining academic skills alongside through lectures and seminars on campus.
“The clinical placements provide the opportunity for students to gain experience in three different organisations, enabling students to gain a wider understanding of the operating department practitioner’s role and develop a readiness to work as a qualified practitioner. Students also undertake practical sessions on campus in the University’s skills laboratories, including an operating theatre and high dependency room with equipment and computerised mannequins. This provides them with the opportunity to gain confidence and develop some of the complex skills in a safe environment before they go out into the real world.”
Steve Brown, Senior Lecturer
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In addition to the academic entry requirements, you also need to have:* GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 or above, or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme. * The ability to demonstrate an appreciation of the role and work of the operating department practitioner. * 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. * A 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. * (For candidates for whom English is not their first language) International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at a score of 7.0 with no lower than 6.5 in any single component.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This module provides the opportunity for you to gain an understanding of the perioperative resources and techniques required to ensure safe and appropriate practice is provided to patients. You will be introduced to clinical emergencies and corresponding response techniques, and explore how to use a range of perioperative equipment safely. You will also explore the moral, legal and ethical frameworks that influence perioperative practice. Assessment will involve completing a scenario based exam, where you will demonstrate how to care for patients in the critical care setting and also coursework where a reflective essay will be produced.
This practice module provides the opportunity for you to further develop your understanding of patient needs and how to undertake effective perioperative patient care. You will also have the chance to enhance and demonstrate your competence in undertaking the anaesthetic, scrub and post anaesthetic care roles under direct supervision of clinical mentors. 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.
This module provides the opportunity for you to further develop your knowledge related to anaesthetic, surgical and post-anaesthetic practice in relation to altered anatomy and physiology. You will be introduced to clinical emergencies within the hospital environment and corresponding physiological changes the patient will undergo during their perioperative care. You will explore patient scenarios and relate these to the physiological changes that occur. You will be assessed by exam which will include reviewing patient scenarios.
This module provides the opportunity to build on your knowledge of research from Year 1 and prepares you to undertake an area of research in Year 3. You’ll explore data collection and analysis in relation to methods which are currently used in research and evaluation of practice. This includes quantitative and qualitative research, systematic reviews and audits. You’ll be assessed in-class using multiple choice questions, as well as work in multi-professional groups to produce coursework involving a research proposal, which you will undertake in Year 3.
This module provides the opportunity for you to develop an understanding of advanced perioperative practice and the patients care requirements during anaesthetic, post anaesthetic care (PACU) and surgery. You'll explore the principles which affect perioperative practice and analyse strategies that enable enhanced performance within the theatre team. You'll also examine professional roles and responsibilities in managing patient care and the implications of a change in perioperative practice. Assessment will involve producing two pieces of coursework, including a proposal and an article that is suitable for publication in a professional journal. You'll also be required to pass a drug calculations exam.
This module provides you with the opportunity to develop the skills required so you are prepared for a leadership and management role upon qualification, where you will lead teams, solve problems and ensure high quality care is delivered. This will also provide you with the chance to work as a capable, independent, accountable and reflective practitioner. This will be assessed through one piece of coursework where you will interpret and critically evaluate a critical incident related to perioperative practice.
This practice module provides the opportunity for you to demonstrate how you have developed the knowledge, understanding, values, attitudes and practical skills required to function as an autonomous practitioner. You will also have the chance to develop professional, managerial and leadership awareness and demonstrate an understanding of the transition from student to practitioner. Assessment will involve completing coursework in the form of a skills inventory and professional development portfolio (assessed on a pass/refer/fail basis), which will be marked by clinical mentors, who have responsibility for assessing your competence throughout the placement. You will also be required to complete a simulated skills assessment, where you will care for a critically ill patient.
This is a multi-disciplinary module which follows on from Research 2. You will undertake a small scale research project in a multi-professional group, which could consist of a combination of nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, operating department practice, or podiatry students. Based on this research project you will produce two pieces of coursework, a report written in a style suitable for publication and a group presentation at the Interdisciplinary Student Research Conference.
Teaching and assessment
Teaching and assessment on the course involves academic and clinical development, which provides links between the theory and practice in the perioperative environment.
Academically we will help you to develop the theories and concepts required to complete the varied and complex roles undertaken in the perioperative environment. You'll be taught using a variety of teaching approaches including seminars, group work, practical sessions, lectures, simulation and problem-based learning. Teaching is delivered on campus and also through our University's Virtual Learning Environment. You'll be assessed through a variety of methods including coursework, simulation assessments and examinations.
The clinical element of the course is initially developed on campus in our skills laboratory, before you put your skills into practice when undertaking your clinical placements. Whilst undertaking clinical placements, you'll be supported and assessed by qualified practitioners including ODP’s and Nurses.
11% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.
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Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.
Once you’ve submitted your application form to UCAS you may be invited to attend an interview.
The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas and Easter, finishing with a main examination/assessment period around May/June. Timetables are normally available one month before registration. You can study this course on a part-time basis but, as this is a full-time course, you may have to attend every day of the week.
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If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course, subject to any professional, statutory or regulatory body guidelines.
*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.
These images showcase some of the facilities which are used by our operating department practice students in their clinical skills sessions.
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