Key facts

* This course is subject to validation
Location:

Stafford campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years full-time
UCAS code: B902, B907
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

This degree will give you the skills needed to deliver essential services in the operating theatre and give high standards of perioperative care to patients.

Operating Department Practitioners play an essential role in the delivery of services in the operating theatre. As an ODP, you will play an important part of the theatre team and work alongside surgeons and anaesthetists. Students are required to sign a contract of professional behaviour on commencement of the award.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice.

Professional body accreditation

This course is subject to HCPC approval. Whilst this course is advertised as subject to validation, Staffordshire University has been delivering DipHE ODP courses approved by HCPC for many years. This new Degree course will be offered in its place as this area moves to a graduate profession.

Work placements

To give you hands-on experience of working with patients, combined with plenty of opportunities to apply your theoretical knowledge in the operating theatre environment, you’ll spend approximately 50% of your time in clinical practice during the course of your studies. Your placements will take place at a variety of NHS hospitals across Staffordshire and Shropshire. You will work in a range of surgical areas, including general and abdominal surgery, orthopaedics, obstetrics, and ear, nose and throat.

Course content

You’ll develop your skills in clinical laboratories that are equipped with some of the most advanced teaching equipment available. In our state-of-the-art simulated Operating Theatre, for example, you’ll train in the delivery of basic care, right through to managing emergency situations.

This will enable you to reach a level of confidence and proficiency before carrying out procedures on real patients.

To give you hands-on experience of working with patients, combined with plenty of opportunities to apply your theoretical knowledge in the operating theatre environment, you’ll spend approximately 50% of your time in clinical practice during the course of your studies.

Modules

Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue.

Please note - course content has not yet been confirmed for 2018/19. Full module details will published when available.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Your tutors are experienced practitioners who will bring real-life experiences to your learning using the most up-to-date skills and technologies.