Operating Department Practitioners (ODP) are registered Health Professionals that are specifically trained and work within the Operating Department and associated areas. Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) are a vital part of the operating department team and are responsible for delivering safe, high-quality care to surgical patients during the three phases of perioperative care; anaesthesia, surgery and PACU perioperative care setting.
On this programme you will learn to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team working alongside other professionals, such as nurses, surgeons, anaesthetists and healthcare support workers.
You will study the core subjects of anatomy, physiology, and pathology in order to apply these to clinical situations. Students will learn to work with specialist equipment and develop high levels of technical skills in managing patients throughout the preoperative care setting.
Your study will include clinical placements through the three year programme to give you a diverse experience of patient care to prepare for your future career as an ODP. You will work closely with clinical mentors who support your learning in the practice setting.
The course is developed in partnership with our local healthcare providers and is currently seeking accreditation with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). On completion of the degree programme, graduates will be eligible to apply to the HCPC to become a registered Operating Department Practioner.
The degree programme uses a blended learning approach with time being spent between University teaching and clinical practice. Approximately 50% of the course is spent in clinical placement settings under the supervision of clinical mentors who will support you through the programme. As a student you will have the opportunity to learn to put theory into practice using state of the art facilities to support your clinical skills. The programme will use simulation equipment to develop your clinical skills in a safe environment.
Tariff information for 2021 entry
BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.
Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants.
Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are required. Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.
All applicants who meet the entry requirement for the course (or are predicted to), demonstrate an understanding of healthcare environments and have relevant work experience evidenced in their personal statement will be invited to attend a selection event. The selection events are run by university teaching staff and local clinical staff. The aim of the day is to identify students who possess the qualities and values suited to a career in Operating Department Practice. The workshop tasks and interview questions are constructed around the NHS constitutional values and the candidate’s knowledge of Operating Department Practice.
If students are offered a place on the course they will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prior to commencing the course. The current cost for this check is £58.40 which is met by the student. In addition, they are required to complete a ‘Fitness to Practice’ assessment to ensure the declaration of their health status and immunisation records. The cost of this fitness to practice assessment is met by the university.
See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
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|BSc (Hons) - 3 years full-time||B990|
- Operating department practitioner in NHS or private healthcare
- Work abroad
The University has a close working relationship with local healthcare providers (NHS and Private) who support a range of healthcare placements across the School of Health and Social Care. The University aims to support the development a sustainable local workforce to meet the staffing needs of the county’s health employers and beyond.
Associated professional accreditations
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Learn from experts in their field
You’ll learn from accomplished and accredited lecturers with extensive knowledge of the health and social care field.
Excellent links with the industry
Take advantage of our close working relationship with local healthcare providers in the South West.