Operating Department Practice
DipHEIntermediate award(s): University Certificate
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 overviewThe 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.
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
AssessmentAssessment is via a mix of assignments, examination, presentations, research critique, critical-incident analysis, case studies, literature reviews, and specialised practice competencies.
Special featuresPlacements 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 ProcessApplication 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 recognitionGraduates 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 careersCareer opportunities for qualified ODPs are diverse and can include practice in:
- Sterile supplies
- Transplant teams
- Intensive care units
- Helicopter emergency services
- Patient transfers
- Opportunities for working abroad
|Alternative qualifications accepted:||
- 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.
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.
This course is not available to international applicants because of restrictions in the availability of placements in the NHS (UK National Health Service).
How to apply
Fees & funding
Open Day15 November (Cambridge) and 19 November (Chelmsford)
Undergraduate Open Day
Advice & supportEmployability
FacultyHealth, Social Care & Education
DepartmentAllied Health and Medicine
Contact usUK and EU applicants:
- Call 01245 493131
- Complete enquiry form
- Call +44 (0)1223 698609
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