Operating Department Practice Placement: Year 1

photo of instruments in operating theatre Clinical placements could be undertaken in the following areas:

  • General Surgery
  • Urology
  • Gynaecology
  • Orthopaedic/Trauma Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery

Clinical placements take into account the mandatory placements as required by the HCPC.

Your mentor or practice educator will guide you during your placement year and will introduce all the necessary policies, methods and possible issues to you. You will be taught the design and layout of the operating theatre department, individual roles by theatre personnel, importance of effective communication, health and safety rules and procedures. You will also learn how to handle legal and ethical issues.

During the first year of your placement as operating department practitioner - among others - you will learn how to:

  • Contribute to the control of infection
  • Prepare the anaesthetic environment, anaesthetic room and operating room to receive the patient
  • Use of appropriate instrumentation and equipment and positioning equipment
  • Perform an accurate respiratory assessment, accurate cardiovascular assessment
  • Identify the correct use of drug therapy, the importance of patient positioning
  • Demonstrate awareness of patients with special needs
  • Transfer the patient safe to and from the operating table
  • Discuss the physiological changes which occur during the positioning of patients
  • Participate in pressure area protection and prevention of nerve injury in, fluid management, safe application of tourniquets, assessment of peripheral pulse (rate, rhythm, volume, peripheral perfusion), neurological assessment to determine levels of conciseness
  • Be aware of the signs and symptoms of anxiety and discuss strategies for relieving patient anxiety
  • Apply anaesthetic patient monitoring equipment (ECG, NIBP, Sp02, temperature), oxygen mask and the delivery of oxygen.