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Operating Department Practitioner

Upon successful completion of this level 6 degree apprenticeship, learners will gain a BSc (Hons) from University of Gloucestershire and are able to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

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About the Operating Department Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship

Gain a prestigious BSc (Hons) degree from University of Gloucestershire on this apprenticeship that develops the skills of registered health professionals.

Operating Department Practitioners are a vital part of the operating team. They are responsible for delivering safe, high-quality care to surgical patients during the three phases of perioperative care – anaesthesia, surgery and in the Post Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU). This degree is designed for professionals working within the operating department and associated areas.

Learners study the core subjects of anatomy, physiology, and pathology in order to apply these in clinical situations.

They will learn to work with specialist equipment and develop high level technical skills when managing patients throughout perioperative care.

Teaching is focused on learner engagement, and is split between university teaching and clinical practice (under the supervision of clinical mentors, who remain a source of support throughout the apprenticeship).

Upon successful completion, learners will be awarded a BSc (Hons) degree in Operating Department Practice from University of Gloucestershire. Learners will also be able to register with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) as an Operating Department Practitioner.

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What are Degree Apprenticeships?

Degree apprenticeships are a fantastic way to upskill employees and train new staff. They contribute to improved competitiveness and productivity, as well as increased staff retention.

Degree apprentices study for higher level qualifications alongside working. As such, they spend at least 6 working hours each week carrying out ‘off-the-job training’ where they study for their degree and gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours that are required to successfully complete the apprenticeship.

Large employers can use their apprenticeships levy to pay for apprenticeship training. Smaller firms can claim up to 95 per cent of these costs from the Government. This means apprenticeships are a cost-effective choice for both the employer and learner.

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Meet the lecturer

Ashley Winslow, Academic Course Leader

Ashley is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and she joined the University of Gloucestershire in November 2020 to deliver our Operating Department Practice programmes.

Ashley qualified as an ODP in 2010 and subsequently became involved in training staff and students within theatres across multiple teaching hospitals in London. She became a Practice Educator and then a senior lecturer delivering programmes in Birmingham and the South West.

Ashley is passionate about the progression of the ODP profession and has been involved in the development of the Operating Department Practice degrees and apprenticeships, as well as our postgraduate perioperative curriculum.


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Employer and learner support

Learners have a personal tutor throughout their apprenticeship, as well as a learner coach who conducts reviews and supports them towards successful completion. They are also supported by module tutors and our Helpzone staff, who are contactable by telephone, in person and online.

Employers are able to access our dedicated apprenticeship support team, who are here to ensure that businesses get the best from both the learner and the programme.

Learner benefits

All apprentices have access to:
· experienced professionals, who are experts in their field
· state-of-the-art facilities
· all university libraries and IT and facilities
· discounted travel with Stagecoach across the South West network
· an NUS card offering great discounts at restaurants and high street stores
· a vibrant social scene complete with bars, sports clubs, gyms and leisure facilities

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