“At the University of Bolton, we take great pride in providing a quality, supportive learning environment for our students.”
Professor George E Holmes DL | President & Vice Chancellor
“...tutors are very supportive and you’re not just a student ID number, at this university you are an individual with a name.”
Ellisse Vernon | BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing
Back to menu
Back to menu
Our HCPC-approved BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice degree is ideal if you’re seeking a rewarding career as a registered operating department practitioner 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.
Mode of Study:
The University of Bolton
To be confirmed
Operating department practitioners (ODPs) are highly specialised healthcare professionals who work with patients of all ages in operating theatres and other perioperative environments. There’s a shortage of qualified ODPs in the UK, so the career opportunities are excellent.
Our 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 a patient’s needs throughout their surgical experience and perioperative care.
The greater part of your studies will be centred in 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 an extensive knowledge of specialist equipment and drugs. Developing team-working, leadership and management skills will be an essential part of your training, and we’ll encourage you as you learn to support and reassure patients on an emotional level, helping them to 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.
Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 903.
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.
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 operating department practitioner (ODP) with the Health and Care Professions Council (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 that is 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 in areas such as human anatomy and physiology, psychology, medicine management, and legal and ethical issues, as well as skills in surgical and anaesthetic procedures, teamwork and interpersonal communication. You’ll be adept at forward planning and time management, and have a clear understanding and appreciation of the role of other healthcare professionals. This programme is not a direct route to nursing or medical programmes. It is designed to prepare you for a specialised role working in the operating department setting.
There’s currently a national shortage of ODPs so job prospects for graduates who are registered with the HCPC are excellent*. 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 a number of 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. * https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles/allied-health-professionals/roles-allied-health-professions/operating-department-practitioner accessed on 17 December 2019
Graduates can also use the qualification as a stepping stone to enter a range of other careers. For some of these roles, both relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required.
|Home EU Fees||Year of study||Total|
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.
The university is currently awaiting government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2020/2021.
UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.
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
The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.
How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:
Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email email@example.com
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.
Please ensure when you are asked to add a contact email address you add your college/university email account address as well as your personal address. If you do not add your college address as your contact address we will be unable to identify you as a partner and you will be referred to apply via UCAS, which incurs a cost.
We look forward to receiving your application and you continuing your academic journey with us!
Modern operating department practitioners 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, and 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 50%, Practical exams 50%|
|Level two||Coursework 50%, Practical exams 50%|
|Level three||Coursework 50%, Practical exams 50%|
|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.
+44 (0)1204 903753
+44 (0)1204 903746
+44 (0)1204 903903