ODP Placement: Year 1

During the first year of your course you will complete three practice modules. These will be a 13 week introduction module covering all aspects of the patient journey, a 16 week anaesthetics placement and a 14 week surgical placement.

There is one mandatory placement in your first year, which is laparoscopic surgery in your surgical placement, all other specialities will be dependent on your hospital, however you can expect to gain experience in:

  • Communication and working with all members of the theatre team
  • Patient communication and reassurance
  • Applying basic monitoring
  • Checking and preparing anaesthetic equipment for minor procedures
  • Basic airway management
  • Scrubbing for and circulating for minor procedures
  • Preparing a theatre and anaesthetic room for a patient
  • Safe patient positioning
  • Participation in the WHO Checklist
  • A, B, C, D, E assessments (Airway, Breathing, Circulation, Disability, Exposure)