Dip HE Operating Department Practice


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Diploma of Higher Education



UCAS Course Code
B990
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CCC (2017/8 entry) See All Requirements
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Become a healthcare professional and a key member of an operating department theatre team in just two years.

Operating Department Practitioners play an important role in ensuring every operation is carried out as safely and effectively as possible. You will work alongside medical and nursing colleagues to deliver patient care before, during and after surgery and play a leading role during surgery.

When you choose UEA, you will be joining a supportive community of like-minded students, working together to gain first-hand experience and providing first-class care.

The School of Health Sciences at UEA is one of the best in the UK, and our academics are at the forefront of innovative new teaching methods which have been recognised nationally. We also have a great reputation with our partner NHS Trusts, and are proud that our students graduate with excellent career prospects and good honours.We will support you to become the very best Operating Department Practitioner you can be.

Overview

Operating department practitioners (ODPs) are an important part of the operating department team working with surgeons, anaesthetists and theatre nurses to help ensure every operation is as safe and effective as possible.

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.

The Diploma of Higher Education (Operating Department Practice) at UEA is designed to offer students the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes in order to become safe and competent practitioners.  In addition to this, the programme offers the opportunity to develop the skills that are required to function effectively and efficiently in a multi-disciplinary team, within the operating department environment.  This programme was developed in partnership with and is managed conjointly with NHS Trusts in Norfolk.

This programme is a 2 year full time course consisting of 8 compulsory modules of learning, 4 in each of the 2 years of the programme.  The learning year will comprise 42 weeks (in accordance with the University’s Common Course Structure), divided into 3 terms, each of 14 weeks duration.  The programme comprises 50 weeks (1875 hours) practice-based learning and 34 weeks (1275 hours) theory, predicated on a notional 37.5 hour learning week. As part of our recruitment process, the values of the NHS Constitution will be explored at interview, with successful candidates demonstrating how these are reflected in their own beliefs.

This Operating Department Practice course is fully approved by and prepares you for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Placements

Placements are divided into 3 blocks, and  commence in the first module after an initial period of preparation, and learning is consolidated during the final week(s) of each module. During the practice hours, students undertake placements with different "teams" in the operating departments (e.g. general surgery, orthopaedics, gynaecology, etc). During placement experiences, the learning is supported and supervised by a Placement Mentor who is an experienced and qualified operating department practitioner or nurse. Enquiry-based learning is used as the key teaching and learning strategy in this programme. This promotes active participation and direction from the student, under the guidance and facilitative skills of a lecturer, who is well versed in the subject as well as in the skills of facilitation.

Employability

Most employers will offer a period of preceptorship post qualification, this can vary in length. Once you have qualified, pay and responsibility will depend upon experience and further specialist skills you may acquire.  It is possible to become a senior ODP, perhaps running a theatre unit.  ODPs may work in a wide range of areas including transplant teams, orthopaedic clinics and special care baby units.  There are also opportunities in research, education and training. Options exist to work in other countries such as Australia and New Zealand, although job roles may vary slightly from those in this country.

Assessment

You will experience different assessment methods, which have been carefully considered to reflect the importance of being able to apply the relevant evidence base to practice. You will be expected to compile and maintain a portfolio of evidence throughout the two-year programme. With guidance and support, you will be expected to build a sound evidence base demonstrating progression, reflecting on your learning both theoretical and clinical skills. Other assessment strategies are also utilised, such as written assignments, unseen examinations, case studies, practical examinations, group presentations and an oral examination.

Whilst in clinical placement students will complete various learning outcomes, an ODP attributes assessment as well as writing reflections based on your placement experience. You will also maintain a Skills Development Profile throughout the two year course to demonstrate your learning and competency in clinical skills.

Course Modules

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

ANAESTHETIC CARE

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

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SAFETY IN PRACTICE

This module will cover specific activities that will allow the student Operating Department Practitioner to develop skills in clinical work area on key topics such as health, safety and security and controlling cross-infection. Students 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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SURGICAL CARE

This module will cover specific activities that will allow the student 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, students will be expected to take individual and collective responsibility for controlling infection in the work area, applying universal precautions for infection control and adhering to all relevant Health and Safety requirements.

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YEAR 1 TERM A ASSESSMENT OF PRACTICE

This module will cover specific activities that will allow the student Operating Department Practitioner to develop skills in clinical work area on key topics such as health, safety and security and controlling cross-infection. Students 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 the student 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

The aim of this module is to provide students with placement experiences that allow the development of a professional approach to working within the operating theatre. Key skills and attributes will be taught and assessed in the practice environment.

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YEAR 1 TERM C ASSESSMENT OF PRACTICE

This module will cover specific activities that will allow the student 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 students 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. 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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RECOVERY CARE

This module will cover specific activities that will allow the student Operating Department Practitioner 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. Students will cover other basic requirements to include: 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 the skills of 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 the student 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). Students will cover other basic requirements to include; 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

The aim of this module is to provide students with placement experiences that allow the development of a professional approach to working within the operating theatre. Key skills and attributes will be taught and assessed in the practice environment.

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YEAR 2 TERM B ASSESSMENT OF PRACTICE

This module will cover specific activities that will allow the student 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). Students will cover other basic requirements to include; 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 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. 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. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • A Level CCC
  • International Baccalaureate 29 points
  • Scottish Advanced Highers CCC
  • Irish Leaving Certificate CCCCCC or 6 subjects at H3
  • Access Course Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 in a Health, Care or Science subject
  • BTEC PPP in a Health, Care or Science subject
  • European Baccalaureate 60%

Entry Requirement

We look for applicants to have a clear understanding of the profession ideally with relevant voluntary or paid work in health care, an interest in people, a strong academic attainment and a broad academic base.

You are required to have 5 GCSEs at a minimum of grade C or grade 4 including English Language/Literature, Mathematics and a Science. (Please note that we are not able to accept Adult Numeracy or Literacy, Key Skills, City & Guilds, Functional Skills or Access to HE credits in lieu of GCSEs).

General Studies, Critical Thinking and AS-levels are not considered.

Applications are encouraged from those with non-traditional qualifications. Applicants with the following qualifications are required to demonstrate GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 in English Language/Literature and Mathematics. A Science GCSE is also preferred.

CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Children's Care, Learning and Development or Children and Young People's Workforce or Health and Social Care C
CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education (Early Years Educator) C
Science Foundation Year 50%
Foundation Degree in a Health, Care or Science subject Pass
Open University (minimum 60 Credits at Level 1) in a Health, Care or Science subject Pass
Certificate of Higher Education Pass
Diploma of Higher Education Pass
Bachelor Degree 2:2
Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Health, Care or Science subject Pass with 45 Credits at Level 3
   

We do not consider Apprenticeships, NVQs (any level) or Work-based Level 3 Diplomas (previously NVQs) as meeting the minimum academic entry requirements, although these can be used as evidence of recent study.

Due to competition for places on this course, meeting (or being predicted to meet) the minimum academic entry requirements is not a guarantee of selection for interview.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading). Recognised English Language qualifications include:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall (minimum 7.0 in each components)

Interviews

Of the applicants who pass the initial screening stage, the strongest will be invited to interview.

Those invited to attend an interview morning or afternoon will be required to undertake a numeracy test and a short written literacy test. The results of these tests do not form part of the selection process but are a requirement of Health Education England and help the University to plan the level of numeracy support we provide to our cohorts. An example test paper may be found here.

The interview lasts approximately 30 minutes and follows a multiple mini-interview format across four stations. When applicants enter the interview room, they will find a series of four interview 'stations' to circulate through, spending approximately 5 minutes at each. Interviews explore a range of issues, including the applicant's suitability for the profession and whether the applicant holds the NHS values as reflected in the NHS constitution. Please note that we do not disclose interview questions. Further information regarding the interview day can be found here.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year. We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact admissions@uea.ac.uk directly to discuss this further.

Special Entry Requirements

We prefer applicants to demonstrate evidence of recent formal academic study within 5 years of the start of the course. This is to ensure they are equipped to succeed on this academically rigorous course.

If you have not studied for an academic qualification within the last 5 years, and particularly where your previous study does meet our entry requirements, do contact our Admissions Service (admissions@uea.ac.uk).

We want to hear from you to assess whether your work, life or previous educational studies are suitable evidence for demonstrating your motivation, potential, knowledge and ability to study the course. We want you to succeed and an application and offer will only be considered where we believe that an applicant has the potential to complete the course with a good final degree classification. The Admissions Service can also give you advice on further study, if required, that can help you make a future application to the course.

Successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory occupational health check, an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and an additional satisfactory reference.

Intakes

The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

Course Open To

UK and EU applicants only.
  • A Level CCC
  • International Baccalaureate 29 points
  • Scottish Highers DDDDD
  • Scottish Advanced Highers DD
  • Irish Leaving Certificate DDDDDD
  • Access Course Pass with 45 credits at Level 3
  • BTEC PPP

Entry Requirement

Our admissions criteria include: a clear understanding of the profession ideally with relevant voluntary or paid work in health care; an interest in people; a strong academic attainment and a broad academic base at GCSE level.

We do not consider Apprenticeships, NVQs (any level) or workplace based Level 3 Diplomas (Previously NVQs) as meeting the minimum academic entry requirements, although these may be used as evidence of recent study.

This is a competitive course. Meeting the minimum academic criteria is not a guarantee of an interview.

School Leavers

The minimum entry requirements for university matriculation and the requirements of the School are five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including English Language or Literature, Mathematics and a science subject. Offers are usually made on grades not points.

Adult Numeracy. Literacy, Key Skills and Access to HE credits are not accepted in lieu of GCSEs.

Other Applicants:

Applications are encouraged from those with non-traditional qualifications. Please see Alternative Qualifications below.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading). Recognised English Language qualifications include:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall (minimum 7.0 in each components)

Interviews

Of the applicants who pass the initial screening stage, the strongest will be invited to an interview morning or afternoon, and will be required to undertake a multiple choice numeracy test and a short written literacy test. The results of these tests do not form part of the selection process but are a requirement of Health Education England and help the University to plan the level of numeracy support we provide to our cohorts. A sample test paper may be found here. 

The interview lasts approximately 30 minutes and follows a multi mini-interview format across four stations. When candidates enter the interview room, they will find a series of four interview 'stations' to circulate through, spending approximately 5 minutes at each.  Interviews explore a range of issues, including the applicant's suitability for the profession and whether the applicant holds the NHS values as reflected in the NHS constitution. Please note that we do not disclose interview questions.

Those invited to interview will need to provide the original documents of their completed academic qualifications on the day.

If you are unable to attend the interview date, it may be possible to offer one alternative date, but this is not guaranteed. Declining the interview day or not attending an interview day may invalidate the opportunity for you to attend a further day.  Individual circumstances will be considered on a case by case basis. Medical evidence may be requested.

Special Entry Requirements

We prefer applicants to demonstrate evidence of recent formal academic study within 5 years of the start of the course.  This is to ensure they are equipped to succeed on this academically rigorous course. 

If you have not studied for an academic qualification within the last 5 years, and particularly where your previous study does meet our entry requirements, do contact our Admissions office (admissions@uea.ac.uk). 

We want to hear from you to assess whether your work, life or previous educational studies are suitable evidence for demonstrating your motivation, potential, knowledge and ability to study the course.  We want you to succeed and an application and offer will only be considered where we believe that an applicant has the potential to complete the course with a good final degree classification. The Admissions Office can also give you advice on further study, if required, that can help you make a future application to the course.

Applicants invited to selection interview are required to provide their original qualification documents for completed studies. 

Offers to successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory occupational health check, an enhanced Disclosure and Barring check (formerly CRB), two satisfactory references and eligibility for NHS funding.

Intakes

September.

Alternative Qualifications

Applicants with alternative qualifications are required to demonstrate GCSEs at Grade C or above in English Language or Literature and Mathematics and preferably a science subject. Adult Numeracy, Literacy, Key Skills and Access units are not accepted in lieu of GCSEs. 

Suitable qualifications would include:

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
in a Health, Care or Science subject
PPP
BTEC National Diploma in Early Years MPP
CACHE Extended Diploma in Childcare C
Foundation Degree
in a Health, Care or Science subject
Pass
Open University (minimum 60 Credits Level 1)
in a Health, Care or Science subject
Pass
Certificate of Higher Education Pass
Diploma of Higher Education Pass
Bachelor Degree 2:2 Accepted
Access to Higher Education Diploma
in a Health, Care or Science subject
45 Credits at Level 3 Pass

 

Course Open To

Please note that, at this time, we are unable to accept international (non-EU) applications for this course.

Fees and Funding

SEPTEMBER 2016 ENTRY

Health Education England (NHS)

This course is funded by Health Education England so eligible students will not pay tuition fees. In addition eligible students residing in the UK will normally receive a small non- means tested NHS Grant, currently £1,000 per annum. Please see the NHS Bursaries web site for further information.

All applicants who accept an offer should apply to the NHS Business Services Authority for a means tested bursary, even if you believe you will not be awarded a bursary after income assessment, in order for the standard course tuition fees contribution to be paid directly to the University.

A means tested scheme is also available which operates alongside the NHS Student Bursary Scheme which can provide financial assistance towards Childcare Costs for students who use OFSTED inspected childcare facilities.

Guidance for offer holders applying for a bursary and instructions on how to create and access a Bursary Online Support Account (BOSS) can be found on the NHS Business Services Authority website

Student Finance England

UK students can apply for a reduced rate non-means tested Maintenance Loan from Student Finance England.

Applicants should also apply to the Student Loans Company in advance of starting their course if they wish to ensure that they are later eligible to apply for a student loan. Eligibility criteria can be found online.

SEPTEMBER 2017 ONWARDS

From 1 August 2017 the funding for most health courses in England is changing. Under the new system you will receive a support package of tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England, just like all other undergraduate students. For more information on finance and maintenance loans please refer to our leaflet.

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for 2017 entry will be confirmed in due course.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds.

Home/Eu - UEA offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships. To check if you are eligible please visit the website.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Office prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Office

Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

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