Dip HE Operating Department Practice

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ODPs provide high standards of patient care and skilled support, alongside medical and nursing colleagues during peri-operative care. The ODPs role involves the application of theory to practice in a variety of clinical settings. They need a broad knowledge and skills base, including management and communication skills, and will be involved with the assessment, delivery and evaluation of peri-operative care.

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"I’ve always wanted to work in health care, and this course is the foundation to a great career.”

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Chloe Michael, Operating Department Practice graduate, now working as an Anaesthetic Practitioner

Operating department practitioners (ODPs) play a vital role working alongside surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and other health care professionals to ensure patients receive the highest standard of care and support. Enroll on this Diploma programme, and you’ll be training to save lives, ensuring every piece of surgery is carried out as safely and effectively as possible. It’s demanding work, but comes with its own unique rewards.

The School of Health Sciences at UEA is one of the best in the UK, and our academics’ innovative new teaching methods have been recognised nationally. When you choose UEA, you’ll be joining a supportive community of like-minded students, working together to gain first-hand experience and providing first-class care. We have a great reputation with our partner NHS Trusts and you’ll graduate with excellent career prospects.

Overview

As an ODP, you’ll be responsible for putting the theory into clinical practice. You’ll need to develop a broad knowledge of peri-operative practice techniques in anaesthetics, surgical and post-operative practice. Excellent management and communication skills are also vital, as you’ll be involved with the assessment, delivery and evaluation of peri-operative care.

Taught within the School of Health Sciences at UEA, our two-year course is fully approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and prepares you so that you’re eligible to apply for registration as an ODP.

You’ll work alongside medical and nursing colleagues to ensure patients receive the highest standards of care before, during and after surgery. You’ll play a leading role during surgery itself, and you’ll be involved with the assessment, delivery and evaluation of peri-operative care.

Our Operating Department Practice course will help you acquire the knowledge, skills and attitude you need to become a safe and competent practitioner. Developed and managed in partnership with a number of Eastern Region based NHS Trusts, it will teach you everything you need to know to perform as effectively and efficiently as possible in a multi-disciplinary team.

As part of our recruitment process we’ll explore the values of the NHS Constitution at interview, with successful candidates being able to demonstrate how these are reflected in their own beliefs.

Course Structure

Throughout your learning there will be great emphasis on firsthand experience, so – following a period of preparation – your practical placements will start in the very first term. During each of the three placement blocks, you’ll work alongside different operating theatre teams, such as general surgery, orthopaedics, gynaecology, etc. And you’ll be assigned a placement mentor – an experienced and qualified operating department practitioner or nurse.

At the end of each placement you will consolidate your experience in the classroom. You’ll benefit from enquiry-based learning, one of our key teaching strategies, which promotes active participation from all our students.

The course consists of six compulsory modules of learning, three in each of the two years of the programme, making up around 40% of your time with us. Which means you’ll spend approximately 60% of your time on clinical placement, so you can get to know the technology, the procedures and even the right language. And you’ll graduate being able to provide evidence-based patient care to the highest standard.

Teaching and Learning

UEA’s ODP course is drawn from the latest research, theories, practice and techniques and taught in our state-of-the-art, purpose-built facilities, which provide an excellent learning environment.

Our teaching combines lectures, seminars, student-led learning, simulated practice and enquiry-based learning (EBL), with the majority of sessions taking place in small tutorial groups.

Our EBL sessions often explore different real-life scenarios. For example, you could be given a case study and asked to identify any issues, gather relevant information to address those issues, and then agree an action plan to tackle the issues and address any un-met needs.

The course involves approximately 40% theory and 60% practice. During the taught sessions, the timetable requires full-time attendance. While on placement, shifts can be up to 12 hours long and will mirror those of your mentor, which means they could include weekends and nights.

Independent study

You’ll be expected to undertake independent work throughout the course. This will not only enhance your academic experience but will also prepare you for the lifelong learning that’s intrinsic to a career as a qualified Operating Department Practitioner.

Assessment

Our ODP course employs a range of assessment methods, selected to reflect your ability to apply the relevant evidence to your practice. These include written assignments, unseen examinations, practical examinations and an oral examination.

In addition, you’ll compile and maintain a portfolio throughout your two years, providing evidence of the progression of your theoretical and clinical skills.

While on clinical placement you’ll also need to demonstrate your development through attribute assessments, and you’ll need to provide a written reflection of your placement experience.

Optional Study abroad or Placement Year

N/A

After the course

On completion of your course, you’ll be eligible to register as an ODP with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC), after which you can start your career. Our graduates have gone on to accept positions in the public and private sectors, taking on anaesthetic, surgical and post–anaesthetic care roles.

The responsibility you assume and the level you rise to is up to you. Maybe you’ll become a senior ODP. Perhaps you’ll run a theatre unit. Or maybe you’ll move into transplants, intensive care or A&E. You might even choose to work overseas in countries such as Australia and New Zealand.

Career destinations

Once registered with the HCPC, you could go on to employment as an Operating Department Practitioner in either public or private sector care settings undertaking anaesthetic, surgical or post-anaesthetic care roles.

Discover more: https://www.uea.ac.uk/health-sciences/careers-and-employability/your-career 

Course related costs

You can find information regarding additional costs associated here

http://www.uea.ac.uk/about/legalstatements/finance-and-fees/additional-course-fees

 

Course Modules 2018/9

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

ANAESTHETIC CARE

This module will cover specific activities that will allow you, as the student Operating Department Practitioner, to develop skills in anaesthetic practice that focus on the physical and psychological benefits of individual patients. The module will develop your skills in planning and implementing the care needs of patients who are undergoing a clinical procedure, in the pre-operative stage. As the supervised student, on completion of this module, you will be able to: 1. Assess the care needs of a patient in the pre-operative period. 2. Plan the care needs of a patient in the pre-operative period and to respond appropriately to any changing situations. 3. Implement a plan of care needs of a patient in the pre-operative period. 4. Use, safely and sensitively, materials and equipment in the pre- operative period. 5. Use knowledge of pharmaceutical preparations monitor their therapeutic and adverse effects.

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SAFETY IN PRACTICE

You will cover specific activities that will allow you, as a student of Operating Department Practice to develop skills in clinical work area on key topics such as health, safety and security and controlling cross-infection. You will cover other basic requirements including: - Risk assessment and handling emergency situations e.g. fire - Monitoring and adjusting environmental factors - Use and storage of equipment and materials - Monitoring and maintaining cleanliness in clinical areas - Use of cleaning agents and protective wear - Safe disposal of waste and spillage - Preparing for scrubbing and non-scrubbed roles - Risks from environmental hazards - Asepsis and aseptic technique

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SURGICAL CARE

This module will cover specific activities that will allow you, as a student Operating Department Practitioner to develop clinical work skills in key topics such as health, safety and security and controlling cross-infection. You will cover other basic requirements to include: - Risk assessment and handling emergency situations e.g. - Fire monitoring and adjusting environmental factors, - Use and storage of equipment and materials - Monitoring and maintaining cleanliness in clinical areas - Use of cleaning agents and protective wear - Safe disposal of waste and spillage - Preparing for scrubbing and non-scrubbed roles - Risks from environmental hazards - Asepsis and aseptic technique

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YEAR 1 TERM A ASSESSMENT OF PRACTICE

This module will cover specific activities that will allow you as a student Operating Department Practitioner to develop skills in clinical work area on key topics such as health, safety and security and controlling cross-infection. You will cover other basic requirements to include: - Risk assessment and handling emergency situations e.g. fire monitoring and adjusting environmental factors - Use and storage of equipment and materials - Monitoring and maintaining cleanliness in clinical areas - Use of cleaning agents and protective wear - Safe disposal of waste and spillage - Preparing for scrubbing and non-scrubbed roles - Risks from environmental hazards Asepsis and aseptic technique The learning objectives of this module are: 1. To enable the development of the knowledge, skills and attitudes that is required for safe practice in a clinical environment 2. To enable you to recognise the need for and promote an environment that is safe for patients and all staff 3. To promote the development of study skills that are required for the successful completion of the programme.

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YEAR 1 TERM B ASSESSMENT OF PRACTICE

This module will cover specific activities that will allow you as a student operating department practitioner to develop skills in intra-operative clinical work that focuses on the care of patients throughout the perioperative period. Students will have exposure to a variety of surgical specialities to maximise their learning opportunities. At all times you will be expected to take individual and collective responsibility for controlling infection in work areas, applying universal precautions for infection control and adhering to all relevant Health and Safety requirements.

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YEAR 1 TERM C ASSESSMENT OF PRACTICE

This module will cover specific activities that will allow you as an operating department practitioner to develop skills in intra-operative clinical work that focuses on the preparation and monitoring of surgical materials and equipment. At all times you will be expected to take individual and collective responsibility for controlling infection in work areas, applying universal precautions for infection control and adhering to all relevant Health and Safety requirements. Learning objectives: 1. The supervised practitioner will be to assess the care needs of a patient in the intra-operative period and respond appropriately to any changing situations. 2. The supervised student will be able to plan the care needs of a patient in the intra- operative period 3. The supervised student will be able to implement a plan of care needs of a patient in the intra-operative period and evaluate the plan as appropriate 4. The supervised student will be able to use materials and equipment in the intra-operative period.

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Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

PREPARATION FOR FUTURE PRACTICE - ORAL EXAMINATION

This module will cover specific activities that will allow the student operating department practitioner to consolidate skills in clinical work areas covered throughout the training programme to allow smooth transition from student to qualified practitioner. Within the module you will learn: 1. The implications of professional regulation on the Operating Department Practice; 2. How practice is changing and the effects of these changes on the individual; 3. How and why the practitioner should take responsibility for their own development and effectively review their own performance; 4. How to identify and recognise one's own competence; 5. The practitioner's role in relation to others in the work team and how it may grow and develop and the potential obstacles to personal development; 6. Promotion of evidence based practice, which will promote clinical effectiveness; 7. Identifying service improvement strategies.

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RECOVERY CARE

As a Operating Department Practitioner student, you will learn specific activities that will allow you to develop skills in clinical work area on key topics such as health, safety and security and controlling cross-infection specific to post-operative care. This module will cover the basic requirements, including: - Principles and methods for assessing and monitoring - Patient's recovery - Policy and procedures in the areas of drug storage, handling, preparation and administration - Principles and methods of calculating drug dosage according to prescription and patient group - Methods and techniques for dealing with the types of adverse reactions and problems that may occur in the post-operative phase and how to recognise them - How best to interact with and respond to individuals when considering roles, relative status in the organisation and the constraints arising from situations. The aim of this module is to develop your skills in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating the care needs of patients who have undergone a clinical procedure and are in the post-operative/post anaesthetic period.

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SPECIALIST PRACTICE - WRITTEN EXAMINATION

This module will cover specific activities that will allow you to develop skills in clinical work on advanced topics such as emergency airway establishment, primary and secondary surveys of the emergency/trauma patient and Intermediate Life Support (ILS). You will cover other basic requirements including: 1. Methods of effective communication, adapting communication to meet different needs, concerns, beliefs and preferences. 2. The ways in which communication with people may reflect the role of the practitioner and the power invested in that role. 3. Communicating effectively within a multi-disciplinary team. 4. The different kinds of emergencies that may occur within the work environment and the appropriate methods of dealing with them. 5. How to identify risk when planning work activities and undertaking work in a way that minimises them. 6. Supporting and caring for patients and those accompanying them. 7. The practitioner's role in relation to others in the work team.

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YEAR 2 TERM A ASSESSMENT OF PRACTICE

This module will cover specific activities that will allow you as a student operating department practitioner to develop skills in intra-operative clinical work that focuses on the care of patients throughout the perioperative period. Students will have exposure to a variety of surgical specialities to maximise their learning opportunities. At all times you will be expected to take individual and collective responsibility for controlling infection in work areas, applying universal precautions for infection control and adhering to all relevant Health and Safety requirements.

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YEAR 2 TERM B ASSESSMENT OF PRACTICE

This module will cover specific activities that will allow you as an operating department practitioner to develop skills in clinical work area on advanced topics such as emergency airway establishment, primary and secondary surveys of the emergency/trauma patient and intermediate life support (ILS). You will cover other basic requirements including: 1.Methods of effective communication, adapting communication to meet different needs, concerns, beliefs and preferences 2.The ways in which communication with people may reflect the role of the practitioner and the power invested in that role 3.Communicating effectively within a multi-disciplinary team 4.The different kinds of emergencies that may occur within the work environment and the appropriate methods of dealing with them. 5.How to identify risk when planning work activities and undertaking work in a way that minimises them 6.Supporting and caring for patients and those accompanying them 7.The practitioner's role in relation to others in the work team.

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YEAR 2 TERM C ASSESSMENT OF PRACTICE

This module will cover specific activities that will allow you as a student operating department practitioner to consolidate skills in clinical work areas covered throughout the training programme to allow smooth transition from student to qualified practitioner. The following elements are covered: 1. The implications of professional regulation on the ODP 2. How practice is changing and the effects of these changes on the individual 3. How and why the practitioner should take responsibility for their own development and effectively review their own performance 4. How to identify and recognise one's own competence 5. The practitioner's role in relation to others in the work team and how it may grow and develop and the potential obstacles to personal development 6. Promotion of evidence based practice, which will promote clinical effectiveness 7. Identifying service improvement strategies.

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Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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