Operating Department Practice BSc (Hons) 2017-18

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About the course

This course currently offers:

  • A three year degree programme, which provides the opportunity for you to develop clinical and academic skills in all areas of perioperative practice.

  • Graduate eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and work as an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP).

  • Teaching within a purpose built Operating Department Practice skills laboratory, enabling you to learn in a safe environment.

  • Exciting placement opportunities in a number of perioperative environments.

  • Close links with NHS hospitals and trusts and private hospitals within the West Yorkshire region, which is a great way to build your own contact list for the future.

  • Support by academic staff and qualified practitioners, who are experienced in educating students.

The operating theatre is a dramatic and exciting environment, where physiological and psychological support is provided to vulnerable individuals during their perioperative care. Operating Department Practitioner's (ODPs) work alongside surgeons and anaesthetists as part of the perioperative team, providing high levels of patient care and support to the medical staff. ODPs work mainly in the perioperative environment, however they can also be found in any critical care setting due to the specialist skills they have in caring for anesthetised patients or those with trauma.

The course provides the opportunity for you to discover the principal role of an ODP, which is to provide care for the patient at all stages of the surgical process and explore the three interconnected aspects of care: the anaesthetic role, surgical role and post anaesthetic role. There will be an opportunity to demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of perioperative practice and how this is influenced by research. You'll also explore how leadership and management strategies can be used to enhance patient care and the efficiency of the perioperative environment.

UCAS code:

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017


3 years full-time

Course type:

Full Time

Course content

Year 1: core modules

Applied Anatomy and Physiology for Perioperative Practice

You will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of a range of essential concepts related to normal and altered anatomy and physiology that underpin perioperative practice. You will also investigate the structure and function of the human body systems and the fundamentals of microbiology related to perioperative care. Assessment will involve completing an exam where you will explore principles of anatomy and physiology relevant to Operating Department Practice.

Introduction to Perioperative Practice and Patient Care

Through this practice module you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of patient needs and how to undertake effective perioperative patient care. This will involve working as part of the multidisciplinary team under the direct supervision of qualified clinical staff. You will also have the chance to develop and demonstrate your competence in undertaking the anaesthetic, scrub and circulating roles. Assessment will involve completing coursework (worth 100% of module marks), in the form of a skills inventory and professional development portfolio. These will be assessed by clinical mentors, who have responsibility for assessing your competence throughout the placement.

Principles of Perioperative Practice

In this module you will be introduced to anaesthetic techniques and will investigate the role of the anaesthetic practitioner in assisting the anaesthetist during perioperative care. You will also have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the roles of circulating practitioner and scrub practitioner, and explore how these roles function in support of the patient, the surgeon and each other. This will involve examining surgical techniques and equipment required when carrying out surgical interventions. You will be assessed through coursework, where you complete four scenarios via an electronic learning log and undertake a presentation exploring infection control issues.

Professional Development and Research 1

In this module you’ll have the opportunity to be actively engaged in developing your understanding of professional culture, standards, mandatory health and safety training and the importance of research to underpin your evidence based practice. You’ll work with other colleagues to develop these values, skills and competencies including the professions of Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Operating Department Practice, Physiotherapy and Podiatry. You’ll also be encouraged to evaluate and reflect upon your strengths and limitations to identify areas for your further development towards becoming a registered practitioner. Assessment will involve one piece of coursework and one online short answer examination.

Year 2: core modules

Development of Clinical and Professional Perioperative Practice

This module provides the opportunity for you to gain an understanding of the perioperative resources and techniques required to ensure safe and appropriate practice is provided to patients. You will be introduced to clinical emergencies and corresponding response techniques, and explore how to use a range of perioperative equipment safely. You will also explore the moral, legal and ethical frameworks that influence perioperative practice. Assessment will involve completing a scenario based exam, where you will demonstrate how to care for patients in the critical care setting and also coursework where a reflective essay will be produced.

Implementation of Perioperative Practice

This practice module provides the opportunity for you to further develop your understanding of patient needs and how to undertake effective perioperative patient care. You will also have the chance to enhance and demonstrate your competence in undertaking the anaesthetic, scrub and post anaesthetic care roles under direct supervision of clinical mentors. Assessment will involve completing coursework, in the form of a skills inventory and professional development portfolio. These will be assessed by clinical mentors, who have responsibility for assessing your competence throughout the placement.

Patho-physiological Processes Related to Peri-operative Practice

This module provides the opportunity for you to further develop your knowledge related to anaesthetic, surgical and post-anaesthetic practice in relation to altered anatomy and physiology. You will be introduced to clinical emergencies within the hospital environment and corresponding physiological changes the patient will undergo during their perioperative care. You will explore patient scenarios and relate these to the physiological changes that occur. You will be assessed by exam which will include reviewing patient scenarios.

Research 2

This module provides the opportunity for you to build on your knowledge of research that you studied in Year 1 and prepare you to undertake an area of research in Year 3. You will learn about and be assessed on data collection and analysis in relation to methods which are currently used in research and evaluation of practice, through coursework involving a work book. This includes quantitative and qualitative research, systematic reviews and audits. In addition you will work in multi professional groups to produce coursework involving a research proposal, which you will carry out in Year 3. This will be assessed on a pass/fail basis (which must be passed to successfully complete this module).

Year 3: core modules

Development of Advanced Perioperative Practice for Operating Department Practice

This module provides the opportunity for you to develop an understanding of advanced perioperative practice and the patients care requirements during anaesthetic, post anaesthetic care (PACU) and surgery. You will explore the principles which affect perioperative practice and analyse strategies that enable enhanced performance within the theatre team. You will also examine professional roles and responsibilities in managing patient care and the implications of a change in perioperative practice. Assessment will involve producing two pieces of course work, including a proposal and an article that is suitable for publication in a professional journal. You will also be required to pass a drug calculations exam.

Frameworks for Clinical Leadership and Management

This module provides you with the opportunity to develop the skills required so you are prepared for a leadership and management role upon qualification, where you will lead teams, solve problems and ensure high quality care is delivered. This will also provide you with the chance to work as a capable, independent, accountable and reflective practitioner. This will be assessed through one piece of coursework. You will interpret, reflect and critically evaluate a critical incident related to your own field of professional practice.

Managing Enhanced and Complex Perioperative Practice

This practice module provides the opportunity for you to demonstrate how you have developed the knowledge, understanding, values, attitudes and practical skills required to function as an autonomous practitioner. You will also have the chance to develop professional, managerial and leadership awareness and demonstrate an understanding of the transition from student to practitioner. Assessment will involve completing coursework in the form of a skills inventory and professional development portfolio (assessed on a pass/refer/fail basis), which will be marked by clinical mentors, who have responsibility for assessing your competence throughout the placement. You will also be required to complete a simulated skills assessment, where you will care for a critically ill patient.

Research 3

This is a multi-disciplinary module which follows on from Research 2. You will undertake a small scale research project in a multi-professional group, which could consist of a combination of nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, operating department practice, or podiatry students. Based on this research project you will produce two pieces of coursework, a report written in a style suitable for publication and a group presentation at the Interdisciplinary Student Research Conference.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.


You'll spend 73% of your time on the course undertaking clinical placements in a range of settings. This provides a number of opportunities for you to develop the required clinical skills and experience a variety of placements and the diversity of procedures in the perioperative environment. Your placements will be equivalent to 560 clinical hours in Year 1, 624 clinical hours in Year 2 and 576 hours in Year 3.

These placements which will be allocated by the University, will be undertaken in up to two or three different hospitals. On admission to the course you may be asked to complete a preference list. As placements are undertaken in the hospitals listed below you must be prepared to travel to any or all of these.

•  Airedale General Hospital

•  Bradford Teaching Hospital

•  Calderdale General Hospital

•  Dewsbury and District Hospital

•  Harrogate District Hospital

•  Huddersfield Royal Infirmary

•  Leeds Teaching Hospital including Leeds General Infirmary, St James's, Chapel Allerton and Wharfdale

•  Pinderfields Hospital

•  Pontefract Hospital

Placements are also undertaken in some private hospitals including Spire Leeds, the Yorkshire Clinic, Leeds Nuffield and Methley Park.

Career opportunities

86% of graduates from courses in this subject area go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating. Recent graduates from this course have become theatre practitioners in NHS hospitals.* Other opportunities may include roles as perioperative practitioners, specialist practitioners, team leaders, managers, educators and academics both in clinical settings and universities, as well as working in other areas where critically ill patients are cared for.

The course currently enables graduates to apply for Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration and then work as a perioperative practitioner.

*Source: LinkedIn

Professional links and accreditations

This course is currently regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Whilst studying this course you're currently not required to register as a member with the Health and Care Professions Council, however you must follow their standards of conduct, performance and ethics.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and assessment on the course involves academic and clinical development, which provides links between the theory and practice in the perioperative environment.

Academically we will help you to develop the theories and concepts required to complete the varied and complex roles undertaken in the perioperative environment. You'll be taught using a variety of teaching approaches including seminars, group work, practical sessions, lectures, simulation and problem-based learning. Teaching is delivered on campus and also through our University's Virtual Learning Environment. You'll be assessed through a variety of methods including coursework, simulation assessments and examinations.

The clinical element of the course is initially developed on campus in our skills laboratory, before you put your skills into practice when undertaking your clinical placements. Whilst undertaking clinical placements, you'll be supported and assessed by qualified practitioners including ODP's and Nurses.

13% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the only University where 100% of the teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

How much will it cost me?

The full-time undergraduate tuition fee for 17/18 entry is £9250.

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Further study

Progression to a postgraduate course is dependent on successful completion of your undergraduate studies. There may also be minimum qualification requirements such as a first class or higher second (2.1) degree. Please check the course details to confirm this

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Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant. For more information see the Research section of our website.

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