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Operating Department Practice
Operating Department Practice BSc(Hons)
Operating Department Practice BSc(Hons)

Operating Department Practice BSc(Hons)

  • ID:UH440219
  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

English requirements

  • IELTS at an overall score of 6.5 with no lower than 6.0 in any single component.

Other Requirements

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'll 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. We will request an Overseas Police Check if you have lived in a country outside of the UK for 6 months or more (whether continuously or in total) in the last 10 years before applying to us and whilst aged 18 or over.
  • You may be eligible to gain accreditation for your prior learning towards this course.

Course Information

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.

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Year 1
Core modules:

  •  Applied Anatomy and Physiology for Operating Department Practice
  •  Introduction to Perioperative Practice and Patient Care (Placement 1)
  •  Principles of Anaesthesia for Operating Department Practice
  •  Principles of Surgery for Operating Department Practice
  •  Research and Professional Accountability for Operating Department Practice

Year 2
Core modules:

  •  Critical Care of the Perioperative Patient
  •  Implementation of Perioperative Practice (Placement 2)
  •  Patho-physiological Processes Related to Peri-operative Practice
  •  Research and Professional Accountability for Operating Department Practice 2
  •  Theories of Perioperative Practice

Year 3
Core modules:

  •  Developing Perioperative Practice
  •  Leadership and Management in the Perioperative Environment
  •  Managing Enhanced and Complex Perioperative Practice (Placement 3)
  •  Perioperative Research-based Project
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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

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 are in work and/or further study fifteen months after graduating (Unistats 17/18 data, UK domiciled graduates)
** LinkedIn and Graduate Employment Market Statistics (GEMs).

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance-Single: 300 GBP/year

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