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Would you like to work closely with surgeons, anaesthetists and other professionals to plan, deliver and evaluate the care of patients who are undergoing surgical or anaesthetic procedures?

This specialised diploma will equip you with the skills and knowledge required to provide care to patients during the three phases of perioperative practice: anaesthetics, surgery and post-anaesthetic care.         

Approved by the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC), successful completion will allow you to apply to become a registered operating department practitioner (ODP), a role that is in high demand both within the NHS and independent sector.

Whilst studying on this course you will spend time in our specialised clinical skills centre, which boasts state-of-the-art facilities and training equipment that is at the forefront of the sector.

Student satisfaction for the Operating Department Practice Diploma has always been high, ranging from 87%-100%. 

Would you like to work closely with surgeons, anaesthetists and other professionals to plan, deliver and evaluate the care of patients who are undergoing surgical or anaesthetic procedures?

This specialised diploma will equip you with the skills and knowledge required to provide care to patients during the three phases of perioperative practice: anaesthetics, surgery and post-anaesthetic care.         

Approved by the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC), successful completion will allow you to apply to become a registered operating department practitioner (ODP), a role that is in high demand both within the NHS and independent sector.

Whilst studying on this course you will spend time in our specialised clinical skills centre, which boasts state-of-the-art facilities and training equipment that is at the forefront of the sector.

Student satisfaction for the Operating Department Practice Diploma has always been high, ranging from 87%-100%. 

Course Information

UCAS Code
B990

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
2 years full-time

Department
Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location
Coach Lane Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

Department / Nursing, Midwifery and Health

Northumbria's Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health offers students the opportunity to develop caring careers that can transform the lives of patients, families and communities.

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Taught in our specialised clinical skills centre, you will have access to state-of-the-art facilities and training equipment that is at the forefront of the healthcare industry.

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This course will equip you with all of the skills required to become a practising ODP, in addition to addressing the emergence of more complex patient groups, such as older persons and those with multiple health problems. You will also focus on the use of new technologies within the operating theatre and the initiation of new ways of working within this profession.

This course will allow you to develop your skills and knowledge through a mix of lectures and seminars where you will learn about theoretical concepts and explore how they apply to the practical role of an ODP.

A majority of your learning will also by supported through placements within a hospital, where you will practice your skills under the supervision of a mentor. You will experience a range of assessments including assignments, practical and oral examinations and research, in order to advance your written and communications skills, develop your knowledge and understanding, and provide you with the employability skills required for successful ODP practice.

Student Profiles / Operating Department Practice Diploma of Higher Education

Hear what it is really like to study Operating Department Practice from our current students.

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Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Operating Department Practice. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

This course is delivered by a specialist teaching team who have extensive knowledge in all areas of clinical practice.

Our lecturers are all experienced healthcare professionals and qualified educators who work closely with the local NHS Trusts and private sector hospitals to ensure that the curriculum is relevant and contemporary to meet current healthcare requirements.

In addition to a dedicated tutor and mentor whilst on placement, you will also be able to take advantage of our Learning Leaders system, where a second year student will support you throughout your first year of study.

We invite practising clinicians to the University to come and talk about and deliver a variety of specialist subjects to ensure your knowledge is at the forefront of your profession.

Book an Open Day / Experience Operating Department Practice Diploma of Higher Education

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Operating Department Practice. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

This course is based at our Coach Lane campus, which houses our Clinical Skills Centre – a purpose-built facility that will allow you to develop practical skills and gain valuable experience of real hospital situations through a simulated environment. Utilising authentic equipment that you will encounter in the perioperative clinical environment, you will have the opportunity to practice your skills in a safe environment prior to completing your placement.

Our facilities are some of the most advanced in the country and allow us to ensure your learning evolves in-line with the latest developments in the profession.

Technology is embedded throughout all aspects of your course and you will receive ongoing support through our innovative e-learning platform, Blackboard, where you can access module handbooks, assessment information, lecture presentation slides and reading lists. Key lectures will also be recorded to allow you to listen again. 

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All of the lecturers on this course are experienced healthcare practitioners whose research, specialisms and expertise are integrated into all aspects of the course’s delivery.

Throughout the duration of your course, you will be encouraged to develop your research skills by undertaking research activities and evidence-based enquiry, which will inform and help you to deliver effective patient care.

Northumbria University has been ranked in the top quartile in the UK for research power in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing. Additionally, more than 80% of our research activity in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).

Book an Open Day / Experience Operating Department Practice Diploma of Higher Education

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Operating Department Practice. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

This course will enable you to demonstrate your ability to practice in an operating theatre and a variety of complex, acute and critical care environments. Successful completion will also allow you to be eligible to register with the HCPC and become a certified operating department practitioner.

This role is currently in high demand and our graduates experience very high levels of employment thanks to this course’s accreditations and Northumbria University’s reputation for providing high calibre, professional students.

The placements you complete whilst undertaking this course will ensure that you have on-the-job experience and the unique ability to learn off leading professionals within the sector who will further your knowledge and provide guidance on applying and interviewing for jobs.

We also have many well-established partnerships with NHS, private and charity organisations, which can further improve your employment prospects. 

Book an Open Day / Experience Operating Department Practice Diploma of Higher Education

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Operating Department Practice. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

This course offers an array of future opportunities in both the public and private sector.

The role of an ODP is rapidly changing and expanding and there are many more new and exciting opportunities for you to engage in on a local, national and international level.

Although many ODPs primarily work within an operating department, there are also career opportunities in other areas such as critical care, accident and emergency, education and research.

Once qualified you will also have the option to expand your role and responsibilities to higher-level positions, such as a surgical care practitioner, surgical first assistant or physician’s assistant.

Book an Open Day / Experience Operating Department Practice Diploma of Higher Education

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Operating Department Practice. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Course in brief

Who would this Course suit?

Would you like to deliver specialised care to patients during anaesthesia, surgery and recovery? This course could be for you. 

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or University recognised equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

72 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

72 UCAS Tariff points

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Merit, Merit, Pass

Scottish Highers:

CCCC at Higher level, CC at Advanced Higher

Irish Highers:

BCCCC

IB Diploma:

72 UCAS Tariff points including at least three passes at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 27 units at Merit and 18 at Pass. Applicants without the required GCSEs must ensure that English Language and Maths are studied at a minimum of 6 credits at level 2 or 3 at level 3, and the access course must include a physical science

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Additional:

    A suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate and a satisfactory health check are required. You must meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council's suitability for registration requirements.

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 6.0 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

You will be required to purchase a fob watch and suitable shoes for use in placement, which will cost approximately £60. You will need to pay for your own travel costs, which may be approximately £800 per year depending on your placement location. You may be able to claim reimbursement of travel costs from the NHS Business Authority

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

OD0404 -

Introduction to Operating Department Practice (NC, 20 Credits)

In this module you will learn the fundamental principles, which underpin perioperative practice. You will explore a range of factors, which influence care provision as well as service users’ needs during the preparatory phase of care. You will learn how the role of the ODP addresses those needs within professional, ethical and legal parameters with an emphasis on ensuring patient and environmental safety. In this module you will be introduced to academic study skills and the differing forms of evidence, including research, which supports professional practice. You will have the opportunity to develop an appropriate academic writing style, develop skills in the use of literature and effective approaches to study in higher education.

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OD0405 -

Anatomy and Physiology (NC, 20 Credits)

This module will introduce you to the structure and function of the human body via examination of normal anatomy and
physiology. This will be achieved through an exploration of the cell and its function with particular emphasis on biochemistry and genetics. Following this each system will be examined in relation to its structure and function in maintaining health and homeostasis.

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OD0406 -

Principles of Anaesthetic Practice (NC, 20 Credits)

This module is designed to introduce you to the concepts and principles involved in general anaesthetic practice. As well as gaining knowledge about general anaesthesia, pharmacology, and the equipment required to ensure Service User safety, you will learn about regional and spinal anaesthesia, and explore the physiological, psychological and socio-cultural needs of Service Users during this phase of care and the role of the Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) in addressing those needs.

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OD0407 -

Principles of Intraoperative Practice (NC, 20 Credits)

This module is designed to introduce you to the concepts and principles of intraoperative practice. You will explore a range of factors, which influence care provision as well as service users’ needs during the intraoperative phase of care. You will learn how the role of the ODP addresses those needs within professional, ethical and legal parameters with an emphasis on ensuring Service User and environmental safety. The module will introduce you to the principles of service user safety applied to intraoperative practice and to develop an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of members of the inter-disciplinary team when preparing for surgical intervention and delivery of service user care within the operating theatre environment.

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OD0408 -

Care in Perioperative and Post-Anaesthetic Practice (NC, 40 Credits)

The module will introduce you to the professional skills and knowledge which are fundamental to the competence and/or proficiency, together with the skills and knowledge required to care for service users during the post-anaesthetic period. Being at an introductory level, it is intended to provide an appropriate foundation for development within this aspect of perioperative practice. Integral to the module are the key themes which explore and examine issues around becoming a safe, effective and efficient healthcare professional. These include communication and collaboration with other professionals and agencies, the concept of health and assessment of health or care needs, and ensuring Service User safety. Service User safety will be a key topic including medicine management, airway management and vital signs observation. The module also introduces you to the mandatory skills required before practice learning experiences. Learning will be facilitated via lectures, seminars and skills rehearsal and clinical practice.

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OD0505 -

Professional Issues in Operating Department Practice (NC, 20 Credits)

This module will provide you with the opportunity to reflect upon your own personal and professional levels of proficiency in the period of transition from student to registered practitioner, within the context of historical and contemporary professional operating department practice. Topics discussed will surround Professional Autonomy and Accountability, Professional Relationships, Human Factors and Clinical Practice. You will also be exposed to the principles of risk management and Service User safety in the specific context of the operating department environment.

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OD0506 -

Applied Intraoperative Practice (NC, 20 Credits)

This module is designed to facilitate your development and integration of the knowledge and skills essential for safe delivery of care to a variety of service users undergoing surgical intervention. You will learn how the role of the ODP addresses those needs within professional, ethical and legal parameters with an emphasis on ensuring patient and environmental safety in assembling, preparing and testing the equipment and instrumentation for surgical intervention and the legal ethical and contractual responsibilities when performing the scrub role. An integral aspect of perioperative practice is acquiring the skills to work efficiently and effectively as a team member and this module will assist you to apply principles of intraoperative practice introduced in the module OD0401 and apply these to advanced intraoperative practice. The module will allow you to build on the principles and concepts of service user safety applied to intraoperative practice and to develop a greater understanding of the roles and responsibilities of members of the inter-disciplinary team when preparing for surgical intervention and delivery of service user care within the operating theatre environment to a variety of clients i.e., Paediatric, Bariatric Laparoscopic and Robotic surgery.

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OD0507 -

Applied Post-Anaesthetic and Critical Care (NC, 20 Credits)

This module is designed to facilitate the development of transferable skills required to provide competent care for high dependency and critical care Service Users during the post-anaesthetic period. You will be provided the opportunity to undertake clinical placements in both the post-anaesthetic environment within the perioperative area, and in High Dependency Intensive Care Units, enabling you to develop a wider understanding of the care needs of the critically ill and highly dependent Service User. Learning will be facilitated via lectures, seminars and skills rehearsal and clinical practice. You will be given the opportunity to undertake clinical placements in both the post-anaesthetic environment within the perioperative area, and in High Dependency Intensive Care Units, enabling you to develop a wider understanding of the care needs of the critically ill and highly dependent Service User.

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OD0508 -

Applied Anaesthetic Practice Health and Life Sciences (NC, 20 Credits)

This module is designed to facilitate your development and integration of your knowledge into the essential skills required during the anaesthetic phase of care. You will build upon knowledge and skills gained in the Principles of Anaesthetic Practice Module, and these will be developed to enable you to function as a competent practitioner in a range of anaesthetic practice areas including emergency anaesthesia, paediatric and obstetric anaesthesia. Learning will be facilitated via lectures, seminars and skills rehearsal and clinical practice.
Clinical practice will be undertaken in an operating theatre where the specified practice proficiencies can be achieved under direct supervision of a suitably qualified practitioner.

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OD0509 -

Research as Evidence for Operating Department Practice (NC, 40 Credits)

You will learn to explore the diverse forms of EBP that impact upon perioperative practice and examine how theoretical frameworks and knowledge inform clinical decision making within the ODP role. You will learn how to use approaches to identify evidence including exploring, describing, testing and reflecting. You will use a variety of critical appraisal approaches to explore the research and learn to recognise the key factors relating to weaknesses and strengths with published evidence. You will gather evidence from a number of different perspectives and these will be explored so that opportunities and limitations can be critiqued and developed.

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