Operating Department Practice BSc (Hons)





About the course

The BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice has been designed for healthcare workers with an interest in working as registered operating department practitioners to offer co-ordinated patient-centred care during the peri-operative period.

Students on this course have intensive periods of time in university followed by periods in clinical practice, working alongside a qualified mentor in a range of peri-operative care settings: anaesthetics, operating theatres, emergency departments, intensive care and recovery.

NHS Constitution

The NHS constitution brings together details of what staff, patients and the public can expect from the National Health Service. It sets out the principles and values that guide how the NHS should act and make decisions. The NHS Constitution states that the NHS "aspires to the highest standards of excellence and professionalism. "

Applicants are expected to demonstrate their understanding and application of these values throughout the selection process. View the Constitution here



Accreditations

  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Operating Department Practice - BSc (Hons) - University Square Campus, Luton

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - B701
  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start dates - Sep
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - Full time
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Why choose this course?

  • Learn through a range of methods and opportunities, with an emphasis on reflective, practice-based development
  • Study a course that will make you sought after in the job market
  • Develop the necessary skills to become a qualified ODP able to offer co-ordinated, patient-centred care alongside surgeons, anaesthetists and theatre nurses
  • Gain experience in a range of healthcare environments
  • Explore aspects of peri-operative care to promote compassionate, safe and effective care for people at their most vulnerable
  • Benefit from a course that offers you the support of a qualified mentor



Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

Year 1 
  • Professional Studies for Perioperative Practice
  • Anaesthetic Practice
  • Sciences for Perioperative Practice
  • Intraoperative Surgical Care
Year 2
  • Enhanced Anaesthetic Practice
  • Enhanced Intraoperative Surgical Practice
  • Holistic Approach to Managing Care
  • Post Anaesthetic Care
  • Sciences for enhanced Perioperative Practice
Year 3
  • Developing Care Roles for the Operating Department Practitioner
  • Medicines Management and Pharmacology
  • Intensive Care for Operating Department Practitioners
  • Mentorship and Supervision for Perioperative Practice
  • Clinical Leadership for Perioperative Practice
  • Service and patient experience improvement project



Discover the School of Healthcare Practice

The School of Healthcare Practice provides contemporary education and training for students wishing to qualify as adult, mental health or children's nurses, midwives, paramedics or operating department practitioners.

It also supports the education and training of Healthcare Assistant Practitioners wishing to gain a foundation degree.

All students studying within the school spend at least 50% of their time in practice settings working with a practice mentor. All academic staff  are link lecturers to practice partners, supporting students in the practice areas.

Discover the facilities, see examples of students’ work, read about graduate successes, browse courses, view staff profiles and much more.



How will I be assessed?

Assessments are designed to have: immediate relevance to practice; draw on expertise-by-experience; foster active learning and be learner-centred in approach.

The course has a range of assessment tasks, including those that allow you to undertake workplace relevant assessments that can have an immediate impact in practice. Examples include: written assignments ranging from reflective pieces to academic essays culminating in a service improvement project, assessed practice within your placements; computer based examinations and oral presentations.

Assessments of clinical skills will begin with observation of your participation in caring for patients/service users during practice placements. Expectations of the levels of skill demonstrated by you will increase over time and by the final assessments you will be expected to manage more complex and challenging encounters in a non-judgemental, empathic manner in accordance with NHS values.

Entry requirements

  • We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

    UCAS has introduced a new tariff for courses starting from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.

  • At least 112 points with 96 points from at least 2 A level passes
  • At least 112 points with Distinction Merit Merit in BTEC Extended Diploma or Distinction* Distinction* in BTEC Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma (with 12 merits and 12 distinctions at level 3)
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.
  • For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff view the UCAS tariff calculator

    Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

    T: +44 (0)1582 743500
    E: admission@beds.ac.uk

  • As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

    We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

  • Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team.

  • English GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent)
  • Maths GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent)
  • Interview
  • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Written test (literacy)
  • Written test (numeracy)
  • Health screening
  • Science GCSE Grade C or above (preferred)

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

In addition to technical and humanistic skills, our ODPs also develop skills in research, clinical audit and reflection: the foundations for evidence based practice.

It has long been recognised that the clinical setting produces significant clinical waste; this course addresses this issue in relation to managing the ecological impact of the peri-operative environment.

The ODP can be found increasingly in the non-traditional settings of the pre-assessment clinics, community dental and mental health clinics. In consultation with service users it was identified that the ODP can not only provide a unique insight into the clinical process that supports patients, but they may relieve the stress experienced by carers and significant others.

98% of students are employed or in further study, with an average graduate salary of £21k. (Source: independent data from the Which? University guide).

The course team have an international reputation for innovation and research i n education, how does this translate to your course? The National Student Survey 2014 showed a 100% score for student satisfaction, The 2015 Which? University guide reported an 80% student satisfaction score. Join us and live education at the cutting edge.
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Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more



Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.



Fees and Funding

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

    See www.gov.uk/student-finance

    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.

    See www.gov.uk/student-finance

    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time tuition fee is £11,500 per year A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Extra costs for this course

For this course you need to have appropriate clothing and equipment.

  • Appropriate shoes for clinical placement (when not in operating theatre) (£20-£60)
  • Theatre clogs for clinical placement (£25)
  • Stethoscope/Pinard stethoscope (£5-£100)
  • Fob watch (£5-£20)

DBS - 2017 entry: You will need to make a £13 contribution annually towards a Disclosure and Barring Service check update.

DBS - 2018 entry: You will need to pay £44 for the initial Disclosure and Barring Service check plus an annual update charge of £13.

Occupational Health Clearance: You may need to pay for some additional services and vaccinations if not available through your GP.

Study materials

  • Stationery (printer ink, paper, pens, USB sticks, files etc (£30-£50)
  • Books (£50-£200)

Travel costs

You need to ensure that you budget for travelling from your home to the University; between academic sites and to and from placements.

The base for your studies will be in Luton but you may occasionally attend the Bedford campus. You are required to attend a range of placements in hospitals or community settings. You will be working across a range of shift patterns covering the full 24 hour period.

If you drive, you need to pay for parking, in public car parks and NHS site car parks.

*The information above is for guidance only. Exact costs may vary.

Facilities

Our flagship £34m Campus Centre is funky and functional. It brings together all our student services, social and learning spaces, and a 240-seat lecture theatre under one roof.

The Campus Centre building is connected to the rest of the University and the first floor acts as a one-stop shop for all students services.

Designed for work as well as play, the Campus Centre incorporates relaxed learning zones with Wi-Fi access.

It also features the Students' Union support services and executive offices alongside places to eat

Accommodation at Luton

Our contemporary en-suite accommodation features 852 fully-furnished flats, just part of our accommodation offering of more than 1,500 study rooms.

This exciting new facility includes:

  • state-of-the-art IT and AV equipment
  • informal and quiet learning spaces
  • two Harvard-style lecture theatres
  • a student lounge and cafe

Luton campus is home to the following departments:

  • Business
  • Media, Art and Design
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences

Whatever degree you choose the facilities will be first class:

  • New facilities in the Computing and Media departments
  • Business facilities including pioneering Business Pods and a Law Moot Court
  • Dedicated laboratories for psychology, sport and exercise science, biomedical science and forensics
  • Multi-camera HDTV and radio studios
  • Art and design studios

Town centre location

The Luton campus is right in the centre of town next to a large shopping mall and within easy walking distance of the student halls, train and bus stations.

Directions to Luton campus

Luton is the largest town in Bedfordshire and is approximately 50km north of London.

It has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe, and central London is only a 30-minute train journey away.

Luton is has excellent transport links to other cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Milton Keynes. London Luton Airport is located just 2.5km from the Luton campus.

How to Apply

  • Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

    Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

    All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

    If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

  • EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

  • International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

    You can also apply online

    Find out more about how to apply

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