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Operating department practice

Hands-on experience

You'll spend approximately 50% of your time in clinical practice

Expert facilities

Practice a range of patient care scenarios on our SimMan 3G

Expert academics

Learn from academics with industry experience and professional connections

Learn what it takes to perform a vital role in patient care and hospital management on our operating department practice course.

You'll learn to work with nurses, surgeons and anaesthetists to ensure that each patient is safe and operations are effective. You'll do this by developing your knowledge and your ability to apply analytical thinking to clinical situations.

Areas you'll study include operating department and equipment, health & safety and infection control, perioperative care, psychosocial health, biological sciences, legal & ethical perspectives, pain management, pharmacology and drug administration, and clinical emergencies.

You'll also learn how to provide dedicated patient care before, during and immediately after operations.



Work experience and careers

Cchoose to study Operating Department Practice at Staffordshire University and you will have the opportunity to work alongside leaders in the profession, where you’ll gain experience and connections to give you an edge in your future career.

You will get the best possible mix of knowledge and practical training with over 60% of your time allocated to clinical practice. Placements will be supervised by a work based Mentor, who will support your development and oversee practical assessments.

Hospitals providing practice placements are:

  • Royal Stoke Hospital, Stoke-on-Trent
  • County Hospital, Stafford
  • North Staffordshire Nuffield Hospital
  • Princess Royal Hospital, Telford
  • Queen's Hospital, Burton-on-Trent
  • Rowley Hall Hospital, Stafford
  • Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Hospital, Oswestry
  • Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, Shrewsbury
  • Royal Hospital Wolverhampton

Our students

Lora Tchistova
Operating Department Practice student

Even as a student I get to make a difference to somebody’s life, a feeling which cannot be described.

Tom Hewitt
Operating Department Practice Student

I can't speak highly enough of the course. It's well run, it's interesting and you learn so much by doing it, not just being told about it – instead of having someone speaking to you, you're acting on what they're saying and doing it first-hand; it's brilliant.

Our staff

Angela Woolliscroft
Angela WoolliscroftLecturer in Operating Department Practice

I qualified as a Registered Nurse through Staffordshire University in 2000. I worked for 15 years as a Theatre Scrub Practitioner and Clinical Standards Facilitator in the Operating Theatres at an acute NHS Trust in the West Midlands, taking an active role in the support and development of Operating Department Practice students.

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