Canterbury Christ Church University - BSc Operating Department Practice

Canterbury Christ Church University

BSc Operating Department Practice

Play an essential role in the perioperative team as an operating department practitioner, caring for patients before, during and after an operation.

Our course enables you to become a confident, capable ODP able to carry out complex activities in operating theatres and allied healthcare settings. You will be supporting patients as they prepare for, undergo and recover from routine and emergency surgical and anaesthetic procedures. You will be guided by staff, within both the University and clinical practice, who have extensive experience in this field of practice and in interprofessional education, which is key to the teamwork needed for patient care.

Once successfully completed, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as an operating department practitioner.

Entry Requirements

GCSE English language and mathematics, at grade C (4-9) or above, or equivalent.

A typical offer would be 112 UCAS points or BBC at A2 Level or equivalent.

Offers of a place can only be made after a successful interview, and are subject to a satisfactory reference, health clearance and Disclosure and Enhanced Barring Service (DBS) check.

For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course,

Career Prospects

You will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) upon successful completion of the course. Newly qualified operating department practitioners typically start their careers on a band 5 (NHS) before progressing to higher bands following professional development and experience over a period of time.

Several of our students have gone on to roles in major teaching hospitals in London. Others have gained employment locally with the NHS and the private/independent sector, while others are working further afield. With experience, additional education and training, you could go on to any number of roles in the UK and abroad. These may include non-medically qualified anaesthetist (anaesthesia associate), physicians associate, surgical care practitioner, resuscitation training officer, transplant teams, Accident and Emergency, Intensive Therapy Units (ITU), management and education.

Course Details

To ensure you experience the most current and relevant education, the course has been designed to reflect the rapidly evolving dimensions of the health and social care sector and the needs of the individual perioperative patient.

You will explore areas including:

  • human biology and health
  • advancing anaesthetic practice
  • advancing surgical practice
  • advancing post-anaesthetic care
  • the role of Surgical First Assistant (SFA)
  • leadership and management
  • seriously ill and highly dependent patient management.

You will undertake clinical placements within hospital operating departments and other healthcare practice areas. Working under direct supervision alongside qualified practitioners, you will develop your knowledge and skills and build an understanding of the patient’s journey and the work of others in their care.

On successful completion of the course, you will be a clinically safe and competent practitioner, able to show knowledge and a clinical understanding of the theories and principles of operating department practice.

Year 1

Foundations of Academic Skills
Foundations of Clinical Practice Skills
Foundations of Reflective Practice
Foundations of Human Biology
Foundations of Anaesthetic Practice
Foundations of Surgical Practice

Year 2

Developing Academic Skills
Developing Clinical Practice Skills
Developing Reflective Practice
Developing Anaesthetic Practice
Developing Surgical Practice
Post-Anaesthetic Surgical Care

Year 3

Enhanced Academic Skills
Enhanced Clinical Practice Skills
Enhanced Reflective Practice
Enhanced Anaesthetic Practice
Enhanced Surgical Practice
Seriously Ill and Highly Dependent Patient Management

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