You'll spend approximately 50% of your time in clinical practice
Practice a range of patient care scenarios on our SimMan 3G
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.
How realistic scenarios and time in clinical placements will prepare you to care for patients.
Saturday 08 June 2019
Centre of Excellence Stafford
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You'll practise a range of patient care scenarios from basic vital signs monitoring to responding to emergency situations such as cardiac arrest.
Our labs provide the environment for you to learn fundamental skills associated with emergency pre-hospital care. This includes: advanced patient assessment techniques, airway management, obtaining intramuscular, intravenous and intraosseous access, advanced life-support skills.
These state-of-the-art labs allow a number of clinical procedures to be simulated on mannequins, enabling students to reach a level of confidence and proficiency before carrying out procedures on real patients.
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:
Once qualified, you may progress your career to a senior level and may rise in the theatre practitioner grades.
There are also prospects of career advancement in management and teaching or specialised practice, for example, in resuscitation, intensive care or accident and emergency environments.
In some hospitals ODPs can be part of:
Even as a student I get to make a difference to somebody’s life, a feeling which cannot be described.
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.
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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