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Teesside University, Middlesbrough

Operating Department Practice Studies

UCAS Code: B990

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

96-112
43%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Operating department practice

**Summary**: This patient centred course prepares you with the knowledge, skills and understanding to ensure that you can contribute fully to healthcare delivery in a dynamic and fast moving surgical environment. This course leads to the achievement of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Standards of Proficiency for Operating Department Practitioners (ODP). On successful completion of the programme, you will be eligible to apply for registration with HCPC as an ODP.

**Course details**: The programme is designed to ensure early exposure to practice where you will gain experience across a variety of specialist areas including general surgery, orthopaedic surgery, ear, nose and throat, obstetric surgery, anaesthetic and post anaesthetic care. You will be allocated to surrounding NHS Hospital Trusts to enable you to develop essential skills and knowledge and this will be supported by evidence based learning in University with lectures, seminars and practical activities in our clinical skills labs and simulated operating theatre. As a student ODP, there will be a strong emphasis on evidence-based practice and clinical decision making throughout the programme as you work towards achieving the requirements for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Over 50% of the course is completed within the practice environment in NHS and private operating theatres and placements throughout the North East region where you will engage in supervised practice. You will work alongside experienced clinical staff following various shift patterns including nights and weekend working in order to gain the maximum learning experience. The academic components of the course are completed within the University setting with lecture rooms and simulation suites. As with all healthcare professionals, the public place a high level of expectation and trust in their Operating Department Practitioners and therefore to work in this sector, it is essential that you are able to demonstrate the core values embedded within the NHS Constitution: working together for patients, respect and dignity, compassion, improving lives and everyone counts.

**After the course**: The qualified Operating Department Practitioner is trained in all areas of theatre work and can specialise in surgery, anaesthetics or post anaesthetic care. They can develop their role through teaching or pursue theatre management roles. New areas of practice are also opening up to the Operating Department Practitioner such as accident and emergency and intensive care units. Career opportunities exist within NHS Hospital Trusts and private hospitals, primary care trust clinics and the armed forces.

Modules

Access course information through Teesside University’s website using the course details link provided.

Assessment methods

You will engage in key lectures, seminars and workshops. Practical workshops will be a key feature within the simulated theatre suite where you will practice in a realistic safe environment using SimMan technology to enhance your learning. Each module is assessed separately, using a variety of methods including examination, practice portfolio, poster presentation and written assignments

The Uni


Course location:

Teesside University

Department:

Nursing, Midwifery and Health Professions

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

51%
low
Operating department practice

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Others in subjects allied to medicine

Teaching and learning

67%
Staff make the subject interesting
79%
Staff are good at explaining things
59%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
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

78%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
60%
Course specific equipment and facilities
17%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
28%
Male students
72%
Female students
60%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

After graduation


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£24,000
high
Average annual salary
94%
low
Employed or in further education
71%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

57%
Health associate professionals
26%
Therapy professionals
4%
Nursing and midwifery professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This subject covers a group of related subjects, like audiology, speech therapy and degrees associated with language development. Speech therapy dominates and most graduates in this group go into jobs as speech therapists. About a fifth had studied audiology - there are not many audiology graduates each year in the UK, and they usually go on to jobs as — you guessed it — audiologists (mostly in hospitals but increasingly on the high street). Speech science or therapy graduates often go straight into speech therapy jobs when they graduate, although you don’t absolutely have to be a speech therapist if you take the course. There's a demand for graduates from all these courses and prospects are good.

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