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Our HCPC-approved BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice degree is ideal if you’re seeking a rewarding career as a registered Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) working alongside surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and healthcare colleagues to deliver safe patient-focused care. We’ll support you to gain the skills and knowledge needed to provide a high standard of care during the anaesthetic, surgical and recovery phases of a patient’s surgical journey.
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University of Bolton
ODPs are highly specialised healthcare professionals who work with patients of all ages in operating theatres and other perioperative environments.
The University of Bolton's stimulating BSc (Hons) in Operating Department Practice strikes an equal balance between the technical and scientific aspects of surgery and the softer skills that support communication, wellbeing and caring for the patient. It focuses on helping you learn to provide skilled assistance to surgeons and anaesthetists and work alongside nursing and healthcare colleagues to deliver excellent individualised care and support during anaesthesia, surgery and recovery. We’ll guide you as you gain the skills, knowledge and behaviours to respond to patients' needs throughout their surgical experience and perioperative care.
The greater part of your studies will be centred on clinical placement at one of our partner trusts, learning the realities of life as an ODP. Study at the University will complement and enhance your learning in the workplace. We’ll support you as you gain core clinical skills and extensive knowledge of specialist equipment and drugs. Developing team-working, leadership, and management skills will be an essential part of your training. We’ll encourage you as you learn to support and reassure patients on an emotional level, helping them cope with the stress of surgery.
As an ODP, no two days will be the same. Our dynamic and multi-disciplinary course team will work to prepare you to manage the care of patients scheduled for routine procedures as well as respond to life-threatening emergencies.
The course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the College of Operating Department Practitioners (CODP).
Upon completing the course, you'll be required to apply for professional registration as an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Whilst studying this course, you must adhere to the HCPC Guidance on Conduct and Ethics for Students (2016), in addition to University behaviour and fitness to practice regulations.
After qualifying as an ODP, you’ll need to be committed to learning and always keep your skills and knowledge up-to-date. To maintain your registration to practice with the HCPC, you’ll need to continue to meet their standards of proficiency, and conduct, performance and ethics standards.
Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.
We'd be delighted to chat with you about the course and your future career as an ODP. Please sign up to one of our Nursing & Midwifery open events where you can meet our staff and find out more about the University and support services for students.
Operating department practice is an exciting, fast-changing field with opportunities to work across different surgical and anaesthesia specialities. Our highly practical course is designed to develop clinical knowledge, skills and behaviours for working in operating theatres and wider perioperative settings.
After graduation, and once you have registered as an ODP with the HCPC, you’ll be expected to take responsibility for a patient’s welfare and personalise their care activities. You’ll work as part of a multidisciplinary team made up of professionals from a variety of clinical disciplines. You may find work in any of the three phases of perioperative care – anaesthesia, surgery or recovery – or in a role that combines all these areas.
As a graduate, you’ll possess in-depth knowledge and application to practice in areas such as anaesthetic, surgical and post-anaesthetic care, anatomy and physiology, medicines management, leadership and clinical governance, and infection prevention and control. You’ll be adept at planning and time management, and have a clear understanding and appreciation of the role of other healthcare professionals.
Please note, this programme is not a direct route to nursing or medical programmes. It's designed to prepare you for the vital and rewarding role of an ODP.
As a registered ODP, you can expect to gain employment with the NHS, an organisation that provides NHS services, or a private healthcare provider. ODPs are primarily employed in operating theatres but increasingly work in other healthcare environments. For instance, you may find opportunities in intensive care units, transplant teams, pre-assessment clinics, obstetric units, resuscitation teams, orthopaedic clinics, patient transfer and day surgery units.
You’ll be able to consider further training and development in areas such as management, education, clinical research and advanced practice. Experienced ODPs can take further training approved by the Royal College of Surgeons to work as surgical care practitioners. This would qualify you to complete certain surgical procedures under the supervision of a consultant surgeon.
Graduates can also use the qualification as a stepping-stone into a range of other careers, bearing in mind that relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. Some of these roles include:
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Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021-2022 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2021-2022 policy on www.gov.uk for information.
The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.
For 2021-2022 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2021-2022 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.
For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:
Please apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for September entry.
The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.
You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £24. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £13 is applicable.
You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:
Institution Code Name: BOLTN
Institution Code Number: B44
Tel: 0870 1122211
Applications for start dates other than September are made directly to the university via our online application process. Please click on your preferred start date below.
Apply online: University of Bolton BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice - 25 April 2022
As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.
We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.
The University welcomes applications from our group partners and progressing students so we try to make our application process as simple and as fast as possible. By selecting the link for your chosen course from the list shown below you will be taken directly to our online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this and ensure you upload all supporting documents such as certificates and your personal statement when you apply.
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Apply online: University of Bolton BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice - 25 April 2022
We look forward to receiving your application and you continuing your academic journey with us!
Modern ODPs require a range of skills and values, and our practice partners and tutors will help you gain understanding and experience of perioperative care. We’ll support you as you develop your skills in a safe and supportive environment. Learning focuses on the workplace environment, so you’ll spend the majority of your time in practice gaining on-the-job knowledge and experience, and devote the rest of your time to university learning and independent study.
Your practice placements will be based at our partner NHS Trusts; for instance, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust (please note, considerable travelling may be required). As you progress through the course, we’ll guide and encourage you to draw on your practice placement experience while studying theory and apply the theory learned to your practice, so that you can understand how the two complement each other.
We offer a wide variety of learning opportunities designed to arouse your curiosity and support your personal learning journey. Work-based learning and formal face-to-face timetabled sessions are combined with extensive online resources and our community of students, university tutors and practice educators. Our blended approach includes lectures, presentations, simulations delivered by tutors, seminars, tutorials, problem-based enquiry and work-based learning. The course is highly interactive, requiring you to collaborate with colleagues in the workplace and fellow students. Online and face-to-face learning and discussion will be essential. You’ll also need to undertake a significant amount of guided independent study, such as background reading, preparing for seminar activities, and working on assignments.
To help support your learning, the University also offers additional study skills sessions, such as essay writing, library skills and electronic searching, and numeracy.
You can expect a range of assessment methods, such as coursework assignments, practice competencies, problem-based learning and examination of practice. The assessment of practice and theory both contribute to the final award.
The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.
|Level one||Coursework 40%, Practical exams 40%, Written exams 20%|
|Level two||Coursework 40%, Practical exams 40%, Written exams 20%|
|Level three||Coursework 40%, Practical exams 60%|
|Level one||Guided independent study 9%, Placement/study abroad 71%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 20%|
|Level two||Guided independent study 9%, Placement/study abroad 71%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 20%|
|Level three||Guided independent study 9%, Placement/study abroad 71%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 20%|
The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.
The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.
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