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Operating Department Practitioners are highly skilled practitioners who work in all areas of the perioperative environment. The course will ensure students have the necessary skills to attain clinical competence in all areas of Operating Department Practice while having a sound knowledge base of the underpinning scientific principles. Students will develop good interpersonal skills and the ability to assess, plan and deliver a high standard of individualised patient care.
Approximately 60% of the course is based in clinical placements to develop fundamental practical skills in all areas of operating department practice. In addition to clinical experience, students study the underpinning theory within the university; both theory and clinical practice placements are structured as blocks throughout the year.
Students will study a range of topics throughout the duration of the course including: anatomy and physiology, anaesthetic care, surgical care, post-anaesthetic care, pharmacology, principles of research, infection control, patient assessment and care delivery. In addition students will undertake simulation and clinical skills education in the purpose built simulation facility.
Operating Department Practice is an exciting and dynamic profession; the course at UCS is regularly updated to reflect professional changes and thus ensures students evolve to become competent practitioners who are able to make a positive contribution to the safe delivery of high quality patient care. Successful completion of this course confers eligibility to apply for professional registration with the Health Professions Council.
"ODP is an intense but very rewarding course, the mix of theoretical and practical elements helps you gain the knowledge and skills needed to competently care for patients of all ages undergoing Surgery and Anaesthesia in a modern hospital setting" (2nd year student).
“It's an immense privilege to be granted the opportunity to study to become an ODP, and undertaking the ODP course has been the hardest but most rewarding thing I have ever done in my life" (2nd year student).
Subject to interview.
Any offer of a place will be subject to a satisfactory Health check and Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check (previously the Criminal Records Bureau check).
UCS Ipswich| (campus code I)
Heath Road Hospital, Ipswich (campus code R)
West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds (campus code W)
Two years full-time
All UCS degrees are jointly validated by the Universities of East Anglia and Essex
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