OD4018 - Principles of Perioperative Practice

What will I learn on this module?

ODP Skills 2: Principles of Perioperative Practice will build on the concept of communication and safe and effective practice which you have been introduced in the previous skills module. You will further develop your communication and clinical skills relevant to your practice placement experiences. You will continue to learn a range of skills that are necessary for safe, effective, and professional practice. You will have the opportunity to participate in simulated education utilising a range of specialist technology and expertise, from within the state-of-the-art clinical skills centre. This content will be taught and facilitated by a specialist module team of lecturers in perioperative practice.

You will consider and develop your skills, acting with integrity, applying the principles of the Health and Care Professions Council’s (HCPC) Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics (HCPC 2023). You will demonstrate your ability to practise in a holistic, individualised, person-centred, non-judgemental, caring and sensitive manner, acknowledging the diverse needs of a contemporary society. You will continue to develop your understanding of team working and its importance in operating department practice. You will learn about the importance of person-centred care and effective communication skills. These learning opportunities will continue to help you gather evidence of your abilities and confidence and will inform your attainment of communication and safe and effective practice as identified as part 1 in your Ongoing Record of Achievement (ORA).

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a variety of methods, which will include Online Supported Learning (OSL), and through engagement with a simulated practice environment. Learning will be supplemented by relevant resources and training packages, which will include access to the department’s specialist Skills4Practice website: https://www.s4pwebsite.com/

Engagement in group workshops will encourage you to work collaboratively with peers to build your knowledge and understanding. This will further enhance your understanding and skills of the task-work component of teamwork and reflects the realities of delivering effective care for people of all ages in the perioperative setting.

The module will be delivered using BlackBoard Ultra as well as face-to-face practical sessions, underpinned by online learning resources. The focus of learning will be on rehearsal of perioperative skills to build proficiency, develop understanding and enhance competence.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported by a Specialist Module Team of Lecturers in Operating Department Practice. You will receive ongoing guidance and feedback to ensure you are able to engage with concepts of safe operating department practice, the physical health, mental health and wellbeing status of people of all ages, and the academic rigour of the module.

You will also be supported via the modules OSL systems in addition to face-to-face teaching and group work activities and discussion. You will be able to contact the module team in person, by email or phone and through the Blackboard Ultra. Skills Plus, the University Library’s collection of online learning materials on Blackboard Ultra can be used to support the development of your academic skills. Further support for your learning is provided with a 24 hour IT Helpline, a comprehensive range of services through the Student Support and Wellbeing Team and the University’s student portal, which gives help and advice on student enquiries. https://one.northumbria.ac.uk/service/sls/ssw/Pages/Home.aspx

You will also support each other via peer support, through engaging in discussion and debate to enhance your learning. Additional relevant materials, including the electronic reading list and other teaching and learning methods will be available via Blackboard Ultra and library services. All support will be in line with any Student Accessibility Plan (SAP) for more information please go to Accessibility Support Overview (northumbria.ac.uk)

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. Explain the principles of operating department practice during all phases of perioperative related care utilising the evidence base underpinning practice.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

2. Demonstrate an ability to maintain asepsis in preparing and participating in perioperative interventions.

3. Outline & demonstrate measures to ensure Service User and staff safety

4. You will develop a range of therapeutic intervention skills which will enable you to support service users in order to deliver safe and effective practice.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

5. Demonstrate the ability to ensure that intraoperative practice is delivered in a compassionate and respectful way, maintaining dignity and wellbeing for all Service Users and their Carers.

How will I be assessed?

You will be provided with peer and academic led debrief following a personal reflection on a communication skill performed in practice.

(MLO 1,2,3,4,5)


Case Study regarding the range of therapeutic intervention skills required to deliver safe and effective practice during all phases of perioperative related care

MLO 1,2,3,4,5





Module abstract

Within this second skills module you will continue to develop the skills required to provide safe and effective professional practice. Your sessions will continue to focus on the rehearsal of a range of skills that support your learning in practice. You will be provided with opportunities to participate in simulated learning utilising a range of specialist technology. Emphasis will be given to the process of reflection and its contribution in your learning. Particular focus on communication skills will explore their importance in perioperative interventions for safe and effective professional practice. As you progress through the module you will learn how to reflect on your own performance, use feedback and illustrate your development and growing confidence in your Ongoing Record of Achievement (ORA).

Course info

UCAS Code B995

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 Years full-time

Department Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

Fee Information

Module Information

All information is accurate at the time of sharing. 

Full time Courses are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but could include elements of online learning. Most courses run as planned and as promoted on our website and via our marketing materials, but if there are any substantial changes (as determined by the Competition and Markets Authority) to a course or there is the potential that course may be withdrawn, we will notify all affected applicants as soon as possible with advice and guidance regarding their options. It is also important to be aware that optional modules listed on course pages may be subject to change depending on uptake numbers each year.  

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with possible restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors if this is deemed necessary in future.


Useful Links

Find out about our distinctive approach at 

Admissions Terms and Conditions

Fees and Funding

Admissions Policy

Admissions Complaints Policy