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.

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 2019/0

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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INTERPROFESSIONAL LEARNING - LEVEL 1

Interprofessional collaboration and working is proven to improve outcomes in health and social care. In this module you'll meet and work with others from across healthcare programmes at UEA in a 2 hour learning event. You will explore how teams can work in different scenarios where the focus is on cognitive impairment and communication difficulties across the lifespan. You'll begin to reflect on your personal and professional development, and begin to explore how you will collaborate and work with other professions to provide integrated person-centred care. In the 2 hour session you will also have the opportunity to become a Dementia Friend. You'll also have the option to complete a Reflective Workbook to guide your foundational learning on Dementia Awareness and Learning Disability Awareness. You will be assessed on this through a set of multiple choice questions.

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SAFETY IN PRACTICE

This module will cover specific activities that will allow you as an Operating Department Practitioner to develop clinical work skills 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

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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 the student Operating Department Practitioner to develop skills in the 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. Within this module you will study: 1. The implications of professional regulation on the Operating Department Practitioner; 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 develop your skills in the clinical work area on key topics such as health, safety and security and controlling cross-infection specific to post-operative care. You will develop an understanding of the principles and methods for assessing and monitoring, patient's recovery, policy and procedures in the areas of drug storage, handling, preparation and administration. You will then look at the 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. You will then learn how best to interact with and respond to individuals when considering roles, relative status in the organisation and the constraints arising from situations. Overall you will gain 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 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

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. Within the module you will learn: 1. The implications of professional regulation on the Operating Department Practitioner; 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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Entry Requirements

  • A Level CCC
  • International Baccalaureate 28 points
  • Scottish Highers BBCCC
  • Scottish Advanced Highers DDD
  • Irish Leaving Certificate 6 subjects at H4
  • Access Course Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 in a Health, Care or Science subject
  • BTEC MMM in a Health, Care or Science subject
  • European Baccalaureate 60%

Entry Requirement

We’d also encourage an application if you hold or are working towards one of the following qualifications:

 

Bachelor Degree (hons)

2.2

Certificate of Higher Education

Pass

Diploma of Higher Education

Pass

Foundation Degree in a Health, Care or Science subject

Pass

Foundation Year of an undergraduate degree programme at a UK university, in a Health, Care or Science subject

50%

Open University (60 credits) in a Health, Care or Science subject

Pass

CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education (Early Years Educator)

C

CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Children's Care, Learning and Development, or Children and Young People's Workforce, or Health and Social Care (including Technical Level)

C

 

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher level. Please email admissions@uea.ac.uk if you would like to check whether any particular combination of qualifications would be suitable for entry onto this degree programme.

Please note that we do not consider A Levels in General Studies or Critical Thinking, Apprenticeships, NVQs (any level) or Work-based Level 3 Diplomas (previously NVQs) to meet the minimum academic entry requirements, although these can be used as evidence of recent study.

We’ll be unable to consider you for this course if you’ve obtained an academic fail from a previous health based degree programme, including where an exit award has been achieved.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including reading, writing, speaking and listening):

IELTS: 7.0 overall (minimum 7.0 in each component)

We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications to meet this requirement. Review our English Language Equivalences here.

Interviews

The strongest applicants will be invited to interview. Please note that meeting (or being predicted to meet) the minimum academic entry requirements will not guarantee that you will be selected for interview.

The interviews will explore a range of issues, including your suitability for the profession and the NHS values (as reflected in the NHS constitution). We’ll look to consider your motivation to study this course, as well as whether you have a clear understanding of the profession (ideally with relevant voluntary or paid work in health care), and an interest in people.

Please note that we do not disclose interview questions. You can find further information about the interview process here:

School of Health Sciences - Interviews

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. If you’re planning to apply with deferred entry, you are advised to indicate your reason for this on your UCAS application.

Special Entry Requirements

We’d prefer you to be able to demonstrate evidence of recent formal academic study within 5 years of the start of the course. This is to ensure that you’re equipped to succeed on this academically rigorous programme. If you have not studied for an academic qualification within the last 5 years please email admissions@uea.ac.uk to enquire further. 

Offers to successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory occupational health check, an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and two satisfactory references.

If necessary, the Admissions Service will be happy to provide you with advice on further study that might help you to make a future application to the course. Please email admissions@uea.ac.uk with any questions or if you need any further information.

Intakes

The annual intake is in September each year.

GCSE Offer

You are required to have 5 GCSEs at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 including Mathematics and English Language.

We can also consider Functional Skills Level 2 English, Essential Skills Wales L2 Communication or Essential Skills Northern Ireland L2 Communication instead of GCSE English, and Functional Skills Level 2 Mathematics, Essential Skills Wales L2 Application of Number or Essential Skills Northern Ireland L2 Application of Number instead of GCSE Mathematics.

Course Open To

UK and EU applicants.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

UK students

EU Students

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.

You can find all of the Undergraduate Scholarships offered at UEA here, including information about eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

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 application 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 is sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The Institution code for the University of East Anglia is E14.

Further Information

Please complete our Online Enquiry Form to request a prospectus and to be kept up to date with news and events at the University. 

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Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

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