Operating Department Practice


Intermediate award(s): University Certificate

Myriam Ross

Recent graduate, Dip HE Operating Department Practice

Anglia Ruskin is close to my home and so it's really convenient for me to study here for my Dip HE Operating Department Practice (ODP) course. The facilities are excellent and I've found the tutors to be very supportive all the way through. I'm currently employed at Mid Essex Hospital Trust as an ODP. But I'm hoping that once I have completed my course, I can go on to specialise and further my career by becoming an anaesthetic practitioner.

Course overview

The Operating Department Practice course has been designed to enable students to become confident and capable, and fit for award, practice and purpose. Our course is also designed to reflect current developments in operating department practice to support this. Many of the learning and teaching sessions are facilitated by practising professionals, allowing the student to benefit from their experience and clinical expertise.

A fundamental requirement of this course is that your knowledge and understanding be firmly grounded in practice. You will have the opportunity to hone your own clinical skills within a safe, controlled environment. To maximise your exposure to the required clinical specialities, you will also follow a two-year clinical placement schedule.

The course will equip students with the knowledge, competence and attitude to meet the changing needs of the people they serve as part of the multidisciplinary theatre team responsible for patient welfare in the perioperative environment but also to work as a registered practitioner, as set by the registering body the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

This is a fast-changing field, one that requires its practitioners to remain up-to-date with new developments. On successful completion of the course you will be able to:
  • Analyse and evaluate the clinical effectiveness of the patient's journey through the perioperative care environment
  • Demonstrate the principles of holistic care through the achievement of competencies against a range of defined skills
  • Understand how research and reflection may be used to both create and interpret knowledge
  • Practice competently safely and within the boundaries of legal, ethical and professional frameworks
  • Integrate the necessary knowledge, values, and skills required to undertake the role of the Operating Department Practitioner
  • Engage with continuing professional practice.

Module guide

Year one core modules
  • Care of the Patient in the Surgical Environment
  • Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology for Practice
  • Learning to Learn in Professional Practice
  • Principles and Practices of Anaesthesia
Year two core modules
  • Applied Anatomy & Physiology for Practice
  • Contemporary Issues in Operating Room Care
  • Post Anaesthetic and Acute Care
  • Research and Critical Thinking
  • The Care of the Patient Undergoing Anaesthesia


Assessment is via a mix of assignments, examination, presentations, research critique, critical-incident analysis, case studies, literature reviews, and specialised practice competencies.

Special features

Placements in Essex include Basildon and Thurrock General Hospitals, Broomfield Hospital, Oaks Hospital (Colchester), The Princess Alexandra Hospital (Harlow), Southend University Hospital, Spire Hartswood Hospital (Brentwood) and Nuffield Health Ipswich Hospital.

Placements in Cambridgeshire will take place at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Hinchingbrooke and Papworth Hospital, Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital, Peterborough City Hospitals and Nuffield Health Cambridge Hospital. Please note that for students studying in Cambridgeshire, practice placements can be undertaken at Cambridge and Peterborough (FHSCE), but all theory will be taught at Fulbourn.

Currently students placed in the London area are based at Barnet and Chase Farm NHS Hospital; The Whittington Hospital; University College London Hospital, North Middlesex Hospital and Newham NHS Hospital.

Application Process

Application for this course is only through UCAS. For advice on the application process please come and visit us at an open day.
Academics and current students will be on hand to answer your questions about the interview format and personal statement guides are available for visitors.

Links with industry and professional recognition

Graduates of this course are eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Operating Department Practitioner (RODP) with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Associated careers

Career opportunities for qualified ODPs are diverse and can include practice in:
  • Anaesthesia
  • Recovery
  • Management
  • Education
  • Sterile supplies
  • Transplant teams
  • Intensive care units
  • A&E
  • Helicopter emergency services
  • Patient transfers
  • Opportunities for working abroad
Main requirements:
  • 160 UCAS Tariff Points from a minimum of 2 A levels (or equivalent)
  • 3 GCSEs Grade C or above including GCSE English and Maths
  • If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 ( Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University
Alternative qualifications accepted:
  • UCAS Tariff points acquired from BTEC Level 3 Diplomas are accepted
  • Access to HE Diplomas at overall Pass grade are accepted, related subjects are preferred
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 24 points is accepted
  • UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Highers are accepted
  • UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Advanced Highers are accepted
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email admissions@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

Entry requirements listed are for September 2015/January 2016 entry. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.

Please note we do not accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they are combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.

Find further information about our application process.

Other acceptable qualifications
  • 14-19 Diploma in a Health & Social Care or Science related subject with 160 UCAS points.
  • NVQ Level 3 in Care alongside at least one year's experience in a theatre setting; Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy will also be required
  • Advanced GNVQ in a health and social care or science related subject with pass grade.
  • OU Credits will also be accepted in lieu of A Levels (90 credits would be expected in health or science subjects).
  • National Literacy and numeracy tests at Level 2 or 3 will be accepted in lieu of GCSE Maths and English.
From the above information we will calculate requirements for Scottish/Irish Highers, International, European and Welsh Baccalaureate equivalents so that they are all equitable. We will also accept tariff points from other qualifications on the UCAS tariff such as the Cambridge Pre-U (subject requirements will be assumed to be the same as for A Level).

Applications from applicants without 160 UCAS tariff points will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All applicants are expected to be able to clearly demonstrate their understanding of the role of an ODP, what they can bring to the role and how they have researched the profession.

International applicants

This course is not available to international applicants because of restrictions in the availability of placements in the NHS (UK National Health Service).

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