Operating Department Practice (BSc (Hons))

University of Portsmouth the United Kingdom

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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
3 Years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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About Operating Department Practice at University of Portsmouth

Overview

Are you enthusiastic, great with people and keen to make a living improving and saving lives?

Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) are an essential part of the surgical team. They take care of patients, prepare the surgical environment and equipment, and act as a vital link between the surgical team, other hospital departments and patients.

Our BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice degree course, which we've developed with the local National Health Service acute Trusts and the private sector, provides you with the skills and knowledge you need to be work in this demanding and rewarding role.

After the course, you'll be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as an Operating Department Practitioner. You'll be able to work in area such as anaesthesia, surgery and recovery.cccccc

NHS bursary – at least £5,000 a year

When you study this course from October 2020, you may be eligible for an NHS bursary of £5,000–£8,000 a year.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Develop your skills as an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP)
  • Do lots of practical exercises to prepare you for the challenges of this field – you'll spend approximately 60% of your time in clinical practice
  • Observe, examine, assess and engage with patients in a variety of healthcare settings with supervision and support from registered healthcare professionals
  • Practise examinations and procedures on human patient simulators and our high-fidelity patient simulator in the Centre for Simulation in Health and Care
  • Use your skills in one of our clinical placement operating theatres
  • Develop your leadership, communication and problem solving skills
  • Improve your academic research abilities

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • practical work
  • hospital placements

There's a joint focus on this course between theory and practice, both in academic and real-world settings.

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • tests (academic or practical/skills based)
  • performance-based clinical practice assessments
  • online assessment
  • academic written work/portfolios
  • objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs)
  • presentations
  • project

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Careers and opportunities

What jobs can you do with an Operating Department Practice degree?

As a registered Operating Department Practitioner, you'll be able to take on roles such as:

  • surgical care practitioner
  • team leader
  • theatre manager
  • sterile supply manager
  • practice educator

Work experience and career planning

Each year includes one work placement module where you'll get work experience in a clinical setting. Placement locations are liable to change, but recent students have completed placements at:

  • Portsmouth NHS trust QA Hospital
  • NHS Treatment Centre St Mary's Hospital, Portsmouth
  • Spire Healthcare Portsmouth
  • NHS Treatment Centre RSH Hospital Southampton
  • Southampton General Hospital
  • RCH Hospital Winchester
  • Nuffield Hospital Eastleigh
  • BMI Healthcare Winchester
  • Chichester Nuffield Hospital
  • RSC Hospital Brighton
  • Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital
  • Lymington New Forest Hospital
  • Princess Royal Hospital - Haywards Heath

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find further relevant work experience during your course. We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your CV.

You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years after you graduate.

Study options for this course

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  • The awardBSc (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
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Notes about fees for this course

https://www.port.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-fees-and-student-finance/tuition-fees-living-costs-and-other-study-costs

Entry requirements

104-112 points from 3 A levels, or equivalent, to include 32 points from a Science subject (Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Applied Science, Sports Science, PE). All shortlisted applicants will need to attend an interview, including NHS values based recruitment. All shortlisted applicants will need to attend an interview. Applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health checks before starting the course. The Department of Health requires all new Exposure Prone Procedures (EPP) workers, including students, are tested for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. The consent, test and managed process of results will be carried out by our Occupational Health Department.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.

Don't meet the entry requirements?

Consider a Foundation or Pathway course at University of Portsmouth to prepare for your chosen course:

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