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Operating Department Practice

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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Operating department practice

**Course summary**
• Qualify for practice on a College of Operating Department Practitioners-accredited course.
• Be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) under the protected title of Operating Department Practitioner.
• Learn in practice based environments including operating theatres, maternity units, critical care and A&Es.
• Get hands-on practice in our simulated operating theatre, ward, skills rooms and anatomy labs.

ODPs are the only undergraduate Allied Health Profession in the UK trained to work in operating theatres. On this course, you’ll learn to work effectively as an autonomous practitioner. You’ll also work alongside anaesthetists, surgeons and others to prepare and assist during surgical and anaesthetic procedures — transforming the experiences of care for patients.
On this course, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills you need to enter into highly skilled employment. At every level of the course you will gain a variety of clinical experiences to give you real world experience. This will enhance your employability and prepare you for your career as an ODP in the dynamic health and social care environment.
The course is grounded in research. By learning alongside other professions and students you will develop knowledge, confidence and a strong professional identity.

You learn through
• theoretical lectures, tutorials and seminars
• clinical practice based learning
• simulation
• technology enhanced learning
• practical sessions
• virtual and distance learning
• independent learning

**Applied learning**
**Work placements**
Practice-based learning on placement is central to your development and you spend 50% of each year on placement within a perioperative or critical care environment. We currently provide placements in both NHS and private Trusts across Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster, Bassetlaw, Barnsley, Derby, Mansfield, Chesterfield, Leeds, Lincoln and Nottingham. You will undertake a range of exciting placements in stimulating environments, helping you build your clinical portfolio of skills your confidence, resilience and professional integrity. These are essential to healthcare provision.
During your placements, you will always be supported by practice educators to help you develop your skills and competence. Your academic study supports your learning on placement and your placement experience allows you to consider the application of evidence to practice.
Some of our students have been involved in volunteer work abroad.

**Live projects**
The ODP teaching team are part of a project which has just been given a grant of nearly £50,000 by the Office for Students (OfS). The funding will go towards improving work experience opportunities and pre-admission resources for all prospective students across three disciplines — diagnostic radiography, therapeutic radiography and operating department practice.
As part of the course you will get hands on experience in our laboratories dissecting specimens including a heart and a kidney. These early practical session allows you to practice safety with sharp equipment reflective of that used in the clinical environment as well as understanding the importance of health and safety.

**Networking opportunities**
As an ODP at SHU you attend our National ODP Conference for free. The conference is currently the only national conference for ODPs and is developed by the course team. It provides places for qualified practitioners, prospective employers, medical companies and practice partners gather to debate contemporary themes in perioperative care.
Practice partners such as Anaesthesia Assocaites (Formerly PAA) deliver specialists lectures.
You will have the opportunity to join the ODP student Society.

**Accreditation**
This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You must be registered with the HCPC in order to practise as an operating department practitioner in the UK.

Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Year 1
Compulsory modules
Collaboration For Individual And Community Wellbeing 20
Odp Applied Science 20
Odp Foundations In Clinical Practice 20
Odp Foundations In Peri-Operative Practice 40
Personal And Professional Development 20
Year 2
Compulsory modules
Assessing And Addressing Complexity 40
Evidence And Enquiry For Practice 20
Odp Developing Clinical Practice 20
Odp Developing Peri Operative Practice 40
Final year
Compulsory modules
Odp Complex Peri Operative Practice 20
Odp Preparation For Professional Practice 20
Professional Leadership 20
The Advancing Professional 40
Working With Complexity In Practice 20

Assessment methods

Coursework

Extra funding

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Sheffield Hallam University

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What students say


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85%
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Operating department practice

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Health sciences (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
90%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

87%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
40%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
20%
Male students
80%
Female students
57%
2:1 or above
6%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
D

After graduation


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Average annual salary
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Employed or in further education
71%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

66%
Therapy professionals
8%
Childcare and related personal services
5%
Welfare and housing associate professionals

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

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The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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