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You'll spend approximately 50% of your time in clinical practice
Practice a range of patient care scenarios on our SimMan 3G
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.
On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice
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 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.
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.
The course operates on a modular basis. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.
All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.
Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for the purpose of providing eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC as an operating department practitioner.
ODP students Elton and Jessica talk about the rewards of being at the heart of the patient journey during a very difficult time.
The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.
This module introduces you to working in the operating department by providing detail of the principles underpinning operating department practice, placing patient safety at the core of professional practice. You will start to develop your academic writing, including finding and using evidence, referencing, and assignment skills. You will explore the structure of the NHS, health and safety at work, and risk assessment. You will be introduced to law and ethics, consent and confidentiality, professionalism and professional standards, and information governance. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of biological sciences and biochemistry, including principles of homeostasis, control of the human body, and microbiology. You will reflect on the role of human factors in the delivery of safe and effective patient care, including communication and barriers to efective communication, teamwork, and the theatre environment. Although this module does not have a practice-based element of assessment, you will spend time in clinical placement areas (organised by the University) to experience how the concepts covered in this module relate directly to your professional practice.
This is a module based primarily in clinical practice where theoretical concepts will be applied to patient care in the operating department. You will have the opportunity to develop and practice essential clinical skills in the skills laboratory, including aseptic technique, airway management, vital signs monitoring, Basic Life Support (BLS), and moving and handling. You will explore the role of human error and its role in patient outcomes. You will reflect on your persoanl and professional development throughout the module, and prepare a portfolio of evidence. This module is supported by clinical placements (organised by the University) where colleagues in clinical practice will participate in the development and assessment of clinical skills and applied knowledge. Due to the professional nature of the course, additional hours are allocated to this module to facilitate practice-based development.
This module draws on the concepts covered in the Introduction to Operating Department Practice and Preparation of the Patient for Anaesthesia and Surgery modules, and applies these to the development of holistic care pathways for patients under your care. You will examine the fundamentals of perioperative care (pre-assessment, peri- and post-operative), and how this relates to the patient journey and experience. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of anaesthesia and associated pharmacology, the principles of surgical practice, and discharge pathways. You will examine patient safety in the operating department, including adult safeguarding, Prevent, incident reporting and raising concerns. You will be involved in a Service-user conference, where you will explore the lived experiences of service-users and carers who have accessed surgical pathways, gaining an invaluable patient perspective. Although this module does not have a practice-based assessment, you will spend time in clinical placement areas (organised by the University) to experience how the concepts covered in this module relate directly to your professional practice.
This module develops your learning from the Introduction to Operating Department Practice module, focusing on the patient within the clinical environment. You will focus on the preparation of the operating department and the patient for their procedure, developing and delivering individualised patient care. You will examine legal and ethical issues, including accountability, duty of care, consent, and negligence. You will explore how Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI); race, culture and ethnicity; and health and social inequalities impact on patient care. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of biological sciences, including anatomy and physiology. You will reflect on the role of human factors in the reception and identification of patients, and the use of the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist; and how ergonomics in the operating department affect moving and handling of patients and equipment. Although this module does not have a practice-based element of assessment, you will spend time in clinical placement areas (organised by the University) to experience how the concepts covered in this module relate directly to your professional practice.
In this practice module, you will apply the fundamental skills and knowledge developed in year one to a range of complex situations in the operating department. This will include delivering perioperative care in a range of specialised areas, such as Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) and Obstetrics, as well as introducing recovery care. You will explore equipment used in specialist areas of anaesthesia and surgery. You will examine policies and procedures for deteriorating patients, and safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults. You will develop your knowledge and skills in medicines management and drug administration, drug calculations, Basic Life Support (BLS) and Paediatric Life Support (PLS). You will reflect on your professional and personal development, and how self-awareness and personal values and beliefs impact on patient care. Due to the professional nature of this award, this module is supported by a range of clinical placements (arranged by the University).
This module builds on the level 4 Perioperative Care Pathways module, to focus on a range of challenging care situations associated with patients with co-morbidity. You will consider altered physiology and associated treatment protocols in the perioperative care of these patients. You will examine principles of anaesthesia in specialised perioperative areas such as ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat)/Shared airway, Obstetrics and Paediatrics. You will explore the principles of surgery in specialised perioperative areas including surgical complications, use of specialised equipment, and patient positioning for specialised procedures. You will explore assessment of and care for the patient in recovery, including A-E assessment, discharge criteria, and enhanced recovery. You will develop your knowledge and skills with regard to pharmacology and medicines management, including drug calculations, IV infusions/Blood transfusions, and drug errors. You will critically reflect on the role of human factors in the delivery of safe and effective patient care, including spatial and situational awareness and specific patient safety processes, for example, 'Stop before you block'. Although this modules does not have a practice-based element of assessment, you will spend time in clinical placement areas (organised by the University) to experience how the concepts covered in this module relate directly to your professional practice.
Building on year one studies, you will explore the specific care needs of patients with a range of co-morbities. This will include the study of the biological processes of intercurrent disease and the care protocols and plans put into place to care for patients in the operating department. You will explore social inequalities, including the correlation between inequality and intercurrent disease, and issues with mental health, including mental health issues, mental capacity and consent. You will develop your theory and knowledge about pathophysiology, including obesity, diabetes, respiratory disorders, and cardiovascular disease. You will examine evidence-based practice and NICE clinical guidelines relating to venous thromboembolism (VTE), pressure ulceration, and pain management; and evaluate clinical interventions including assessment tools, pharmacological and mechanical interventions. Although this module does not have a practice-based element of assessment, you will spend time in clinical placement areas (organised by the University) to experience how the concepts covered in this module relate directly to your professional practice.
This module introduces you to the concept of research from its philosophical underpinnings through to the application of research methodologies to health and social care. You will explore the relationship between research and clinical evidence; the link between ontology, epistemology and methodology; and quantitative and qualitative methodolgies as research paradigms. You will develop research designs, including methodology, methods/data collection, research sample, research ethics, data analysis, and presentation of research findings. You will develop critical appraisal and an understanding of research ethics.
All applicants are required to complete a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health check.
Practice the skills you'll need for a career as an ODP in our state-of-the-art simulation suite.
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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 ODP graduates provide a broad range of hospital services in the operating department and associated areas, such as intensive care and emergency departments. Some choose to continue their studies through degree and higher degree pathways. Others work abroad in countries such as New Zealand and Australia.
Your qualification could ultimately lead to roles in management, teaching or specialisation – in areas such as resuscitation, intensive care or accident and emergency environments.
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You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course.
Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.
In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).
Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.
You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.
Your overall workload will consist of class contact hours, independent learning, assessment activity and study visits where appropriate.Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements. However, you can normally expect that time spent in scheduled teaching and learning activity will be highest in Level 4, decreasing in Levels 5 and 6 as independent learning becomes more significant.
When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones, a range of laboratories and performance and studio spaces.
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.
Your tutors are experienced practitioners who will bring real-life experiences to your learning using the most up-to-date skills and technologies.
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.
For the course starting on 16 September 2019 the tuition fees are:
For the course starting on 14 September 2020 the tuition fees are:
UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.
**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.
Some students may choose to take an elective placement outside of our standard Practice Learning Placement circuit. Where this is the case, the costs associated with travel, accommodation, insurance etc will be the responsibility of individual students.
INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS ONLY
International Students, like all others, should be aware of the additional costs they will incur of travelling to their Practice Learning Placements (which constitutes fifty per cent of the course over three years). This is in addition to the costs associated with studying away from home such as accommodation.
International Students are unlikely to be eligible for the additional financial support offered to some UK/EU students. The International tuition fee includes a contribution to the yearly Practice Learning Placement tariff which will allow students to access the full range of clinical learning experiences.
Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees.
For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation
If you receive funding from Student Finance you may be eligible to apply for additional benefits. Details can be obtained by visiting: www.gov.uk
As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.
The skills lab is amazing. You get to develop skills which you can use in practice. Before we even got a placement, I learned how to scrub up. It just gives you that extra bit of confidence and a little head start.
The course has a really good reputation and practice. A lot of people locally like people who are trained at Staffs.
In my maternity placement I got to be involved in scrub and delivering a baby through caesarean section which was an amazing experience
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ODPs are highly qualified, skilled people; the intense nature of the role and the responsibilities requires intellect, physical and emotional intelligence
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