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Fascinated by the surgical environment? Our Operating Department Practice degree will have you in the theatre from the word go. Study full-time in Cambridge or Chelmsford, out on placements and in true-to-life skills labs. Our course is validated by the Health and Care Professions Council, so you’ll graduate ready to embark on a fast-paced career as an ODP, with opportunities ranging from anaesthesia or intensive care to A&E or transplant teams.
This highly practical course will develop your clinical skills in live settings. You’ll learn to take responsibility for a patient’s all-round welfare and to assess their journey through the surgical environment. You’ll also learn to work as part of a theatre team made up of professionals from a variety of clinical disciplines. We’ll explain how you can do all of this safely, and within current legal, ethical and professional boundaries.
Thanks to our three-year placement schedule, our students get experience of working in all the essential clinical specialities. We offer placements in leading NHS and private hospitals:
- Essex: Colchester, Basildon, Harlow, Southend, Broomfield, Springfield (all theory will be taught at Chelmsford)
- Cambridgeshire: Addenbrooke’s, Hinchingbrooke, Papworth, Peterborough, Kings Lynn (all theory will be taught at Cambridge)
- London: Whittington, North Middlesex University Hospital, Newham University Hospital, Royal Free Hospital (all theory will be taught at Chelmsford).
Many of your teaching sessions will be led/delivered by people who already work in the field, so you can benefit from their experience, insight and expertise. We’ll also look at how you can use research and reflection in your day-to-day work.
We’re dedicated to the continual improvement of every aspect of healthcare and delivering the values set out in the NHS Constitution.
Our course meets the standards set by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) so when you graduate, you’ll be able to register and work as an operating department practitioner.
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
This course places an emphasis on practical clinical experience, meaning that when you graduate, you’ll have the skills you need to appeal to employers and perform effectively in the workplace. You’ll also be able to apply to be a registered operating department practitioner (RODP) with the Health & Care Professions Council.
Career opportunities are wide-ranging in the UK and overseas, and include:
- sterile supplies
- transplant teams
- intensive care units
- helicopter emergency services
- patient transfers.
Modules & Assessment
Year one, core modules
Introduction to Perioperative Practice
Exploring Aspects of Anatomy and Physiology
Principles and Practices of Anaesthesia
Practical Concepts in Anatomy and Physiology
Care of the Patient in the Surgical Environment
Year two, core modules
Perioperative Pharmacology and Physiology
Care of the Patient Undergoing Anaesthesia
Promoting Best Practice in the Operating Theatre
Post-Anaesthetic and Acute Care
Year three, core modules
Enhanced Clinical Skills in Perioperative and Critical Care
Undergraduate Major Project
Leadership Practice in Health and Social Care (Distance Learning)
We carry out regular assessment so that you and your tutors can monitor your progress. Besides exams, you’ll be assessed on assignments, presentations, research critiques, critical-incident analyses, case studies, literature reviews, and specialised practice competencies.
This is a three-year programme
Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change and availability.
Where you’ll study
The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.
We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.
We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.