Operating Department Practice DipHE

Full-time undergraduate (2 years)

Cambridge , Chelmsford

September

code: B990

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Overview

Develop the confidence, attitudes and skills you need to work as an operating department practitioner (ODP) in areas such as anaesthesia, intensive care, A&E, and transplant or air-ambulance teams. This is an exciting, fast-changing field with opportunities to work all over the world.

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Full description

Careers

This course places an emphasis on practical clinical experience, meaning that when you graduate, you’ll have the skills you need to appeal to employers and perform effectively in the workplace. You’ll also be able to apply to be a registered operating department practitioner (RODP) with the Health & Care Professions Council.

Career opportunities are wide-ranging in the UK and overseas, and include:

  • anaesthesia
  • recovery
  • management
  • education
  • sterile supplies
  • transplant teams
  • intensive-care units
  • A&E
  • helicopter emergency services
  • patient transfers

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • Care of the Patient in the Surgical Environment
    This module will provide the opportunity for you (if placed in an operating department) to achieve the basic knowledge to function as a member of the 'circulating' or 'scrub' team. It provides an introduction to the surgical environment and the principles and practices of infection control and sterile techniques. It also allows you to gain the knowledge and skills to utilise various surgical equipment and the associated risks to the patient. It will also cover the importance of communication, maintaining confidentiality and equality for all individuals. Finally it will allow you to explore relevant anatomy and physiology to various minor/intermediate operative procedures. The module will therefore act as the foundation on which to build in more depth within the second year. Assessment of theory will take the form of a case study of a patient undergoing a surgical procedure. Consideration and inclusion of the NHS Constitution Values will need to be demonstrated throughout the study and its effect on practice decisions. Practice skills development will be through the achievement of clinical competencies which will also reflect the NHS Constitution values. As a student ODP, you will explore how psychological well-being can impact on recovery and the importance of patient focused care and empowerment (Francis 2013, NHS Constitution 2012). You will also peer assess technical and non-technical skills (caring, compassion, communication, team working, decision making & situation awareness) during the module delivery. The NHS constitution values will underpin the module content and delivery to ensure students are informed and aware of how these values inform their learning and practice development.
  • Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology for Practice
    This module will introduce you to the fundamentals of how the human body functions in relation to patient assessment and monitoring of vital signs. This knowledge gained will enable you to appreciate the uniqueness of the human body and how it functions, its relevance to care, and how essential basic knowledge can be further explored and developed in subsequent modules.
  • Learning to Learn in Professional Practice
    This module will provide you with the knowledge, skills and experience to recognise, communicate and respond competently, with care and compassion, when a patient's clinical condition indicates that they are becoming acutely unwell. You will explore how psychological well-being can impact on recovery and the importance of patient focused care and empowerment (Francis 2013, NHS Constitution 2012). You will peer assess technical and non-technical skills (caring, compassion, communication, team working, decision making and situation awareness) during the scenarios. The way in which an individual learns is a complex process involving numerous interdependent features. Understanding how some of the individual parts of the process interlink and influence learning capabilities enables you to become better prepared for study at various academic levels. This module provides a range of learning and teaching strategies to extend you skills as an individual learner and as a member of learning groups. You will identify your own learning needs, acknowledging any personal study challenges and build upon your strengths. For you to progress through a professional programme you require the ability to retrieve and analyse information from various sources and to test its veracity and efficacy. Through developing the knowledge of the research process, you will develop the understanding to investigate, explore and analyse evidence that underpins their professional practice. Assessment is a poster presentation which will be based on one of the NHS values and a reflective account which will be based on an incident from your practice placement and will demonstrate how the NHS constitution values underpinned the resolution of the incident. The NHS constitution values will underpin the module content and delivery to ensure you are informed and aware of how these values inform your learning and practice development.
  • Principles and Practices of Anaesthesia
    This module will provide student ODP's with the knowledge, skills and experience to recognise, communicate and respond competently, with care and compassion, when a patient's clinical condition indicates that they are becoming acutely unwell. You'll explore how psychological well-being can impact on recovery and the importance of patient focused care and empowerment (Francis 2013, NHS Constitution 2012). Students will peer assess technical and non-technical skills (caring, compassion, communication, team-working, decision-making and situation awareness) during the scenarios. You'll encounter many different aspects of Operating Department Practice during the course. This will include a variety of subjects linked to the subject of anaesthesia. These include, physics, environmental issues, anaesthetic principles and practices and anatomy and physiology. This module has been designed to cover the basic principles of anaesthesia and relevant pharmacology, recognise the many and varied apparatus available within this speciality and to focus on the principles of the operation of this equipment. It'll provide an opportunity for students who're employed in operating departments to achieve the basic knowledge required to function as a member of the anaesthetic team whilst taking into account the broader issues of physics, environmental factors and legal and ethical issues. It provides an introduction into anaesthetics and will act as the foundation to be built on in more depth within the second year. The module will provide you with the relevant theoretical inputs to achieve a thorough understanding of anaesthetic techniques and pharmacological principles. The assessment for this module is a case study which follows a patient's journey through the anaesthetic and surgical phases, focussing on the anaesthetic techniques and care of the patient. There'll be a need to consider the underpinning values within the NHS constitution and how these impinge on the delivery of evidenced based practice. The module runs concurrently with the practical placements, enabling you to develop the requisite knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to care competently for clients who're undergoing anaesthesia, whilst also considering broader issues such as law, ethics, environment and physics.

Year two, core modules

  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology for Practice
    The human body relies on a series of physiological processes in the maintenance of homeostasis and the survival of the individual. Understanding of such processes is crucial in the understanding of patho-physiology and appropriate therapy. This module therefore builds on the previous module - Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology or appropriate study of anatomy and physiology. Combining previous knowledge you'll be provided with the opportunity to examine those physiological processes concerned with hormonal feedback, control mechanisms in relation to maintaining homeostatic balance. You'll have the opportunity to analyse physiological/clinical data which has an impact on the well being, safety and treatment of the patient. This module may be accessed by a range of health care professionals who require further development in the understanding of physiological processes.The assessment of the module is in the form of a 3000 word case study.
  • Contemporary Issues in Operating-Room Care
    The aim of this module is to explore the ever changing roles and responsibilities of perioperative practitioners. This module will provide opportunity for you to advance your skills enabling you to manage intermediate/major clinical/operative procedures. It allows you to develop the knowledge and skills they have to be able to function independently or as a member of the multidisciplinary team. You'll explore contemporary issues within the operating room environment through a combined process of reflection, critical thinking and incident analysis looking at the interventions which promote patient safety and wellbeing throughout the surgical process. In addition, this module explores human factors and the social processes by which people interact in group environments, and how these can be heavily influenced by individual and cultural personalities and behaviours. This module will provide you with the knowledge, skills and experience to recognise, communicate and respond competently, with care and compassion, when a patient’s clinical condition indicates that they are becoming acutely unwell. Student operating department practitioners will explore how psychological well-being can impact on recovery and the importance of patient focused care and empowerment (Francis 2013, NHS Constitution 2012). The assessment of the module is in the form of a 3000 word essay consisting of a critical incident analysis. This will need to incorporate inclusion of the NHS Constitution values and how these informed the analysis of the incident. Clinical competencies will be assessed in practice. The NHS constitution values will underpin the module content and delivery to ensure you are informed and aware of how these values inform their learning and practice development. This module will be taught through a series of lectures, tutorials, group work, and practical sessions in the skills laboratory, all of which you need to attend.
  • Post-Anaesthetic and Acute Care
    This module will provide you with the knowledge, skills and experience to recognise, communicate and respond competently, with care and compassion, when a patient’s clinical condition indicates that they are becoming acutely unwell. You'll explore how psychological well-being can impact on recovery and the importance of patient focused care and empowerment (Francis 2013, NHS Constitution 2012). You'll peer assess technical and non-technical skills (caring, compassion, communication, team working, decision making & situation awareness) during the module delivery and clinical practice. The aim of this module is to equip you with knowledge, skills, competencies and attitudes required to function as a recovery practitioner delivering a high standard of quality care to both post anaesthetic and critically ill patients. Skills in recognising the deteriorating patient and necessary treatment interventions will also be developed whilst undertaking this module. Assessment for this module includes a pharmacological examination. You will also submit a 2000 word assignment; a critical reflection of how the NHS Constitution values are adopted within clinical practice and used to improve patient treatment and care. Clinical Competence, incorporating an Immediate Life Support qualification, will be assessed using a clinical practice skills document. The NHS constitution values will underpin the module content and delivery to ensure you are informed and aware of how these values inform your learning and practice development.
  • The Care of the Patient Undergoing Anaesthesia
    Following on from the Principles and Practices of Anaesthesia module you will now be entering the second year of learning. During clinical placements in this second year the breadth and depth of knowledge will now need to be enhanced upon to facilitate a deeper understanding of anaesthetic techniques. In addition you will now need to develop not only practical skills but also the critical thinking skills necessary to function as a reflective practitioner. This module will provide you with the knowledge, skills and experience to recognise, communicate and respond competently, with care and compassion, when a patient’s clinical condition indicates that they are becoming acutely unwell. You, as an operating department practitioner will explore how psychological well-being can impact on recovery and the importance of patient focused care and empowerment (Francis 2013, NHS Constitution 2012). The placements will provide you with the relevant practical experience relating to more enhanced anaesthetic techniques, the curriculum will provide underpinning knowledge of these but more importantly an opportunity to develop critical analysis skills, argument construction and presentation skills. The aim of this module is to provide you with relevant theoretical inputs. Thus enabling them to gain the underpinning knowledge required to function in the role of anaesthetic assistant during advanced anaesthetic techniques. The analytical nature of the sessions aims to provide opportunities for analysis and group discussion thus enabling the development of a critical thinking mind. The assessment of this module is in the form of a presentation seminar and you will need to be explicit in how the NHS Constitution values inform your practice when considering the role of the student ODP. Practice will be assessed utilising a competencies document. The NHS constitution values will underpin the module content and delivery to ensure you are informed and aware of how these values inform your learning and practice development.

Assessment

We carry out regular assessment so that you and your tutors can monitor your progress. Besides exams, you’ll be assessed on assignments, presentations, research critiques, critical-incident analyses, case studies, literature reviews, and specialised practice competencies.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Medical Science, opened in 2014, is founded on the strong international reputation of our flagship Postgraduate Medical Institute. Based on our riverside campus in Chelmsford and Young Street campus in Cambridge, we deliver innovative and clinically relevant teaching and research across two departments:

  • Department of Allied and Public Health
  • Department of Medicine and Healthcare Science.

Thanks to our close relationships with the major clinical-care providers in the east of England, there are significant opportunities for collaboration and student placements across a variety of clinical sites.

We offer exciting opportunities for research and education in the allied health professions. We also translate science and epidemiology into health education and primary care, and deliver taught Master’s programmes to qualified medics. We have a flourishing community of PhD and MD(Res) students across all of our research fields.

Our advanced learning facilities include state-of-the-art clinical skills laboratories and simulation suites, which mirror real-life clinical situations. We also have a fantastic, modern library and a wide range of science labs and ICT suites.

Where can I study?

Cambridge
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Chelmsford
Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

Fees for this course are usually paid by the NHS (per year)

£9,000

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your fees in the following ways.

Tuition fee loan

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Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.

How to apply for a tuition fee loan

Paying upfront

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If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.

How to pay your fees directly

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Funding for UK & EU students

We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.

Grants and scholarships are available for:

Entry requirements

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Important additional notes

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.

We don't 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're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.

Entry requirements are for September 2015 entry. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.

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