Do you like the idea of working in a dramatic and exciting environment, where you'll be part of a dynamic team in an operating theatre? Then perioperative practice could be a great career option if you want to open up a whole host of opportunities for your future. Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) work alongside surgeons, anaesthetists and other medical staff to provide care for patients at all stages of the surgical process.
- You’ll have the opportunity to practise your skills in our simulated operating theatre, enabling you to experience the operating theatre environment.
- The course is regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) so you’ll benefit from experienced staff, specialist labs and great links to NHS Trusts and our partners in the private sector.
- Our clinical placement opportunities enable you to gain valuable hands-on experience in a number of perioperative environments.
- You’ll get the chance to work in the real world as part of interdisciplinary teams in a variety of care settings, so you’ll be able to see how ODPs contribute to all sorts of specialist areas.
- You’ll have the opportunity to hear the experiences and viewpoints from service users and carers, who are part of the Public Partnership Group.
Year 1 Core modules: Applied Anatomy and Physiology for Operating Department Practice Introduction to Perioperative Practice and Patient Care (Placement 1) Principles of Anaesthesia for Operating Department Practice Principles of Surgery for Operating Department Practice Research and Professional Accountability for Operating Department Practice Year 2 Core modules: Critical Care of the Perioperative Patient Implementation of Perioperative Practice (Placement 2) Patho-physiological Processes Related to Peri-operative Practice Research and Professional Accountability for Operating Department Practice 2 Theories of Perioperative Practice Year 3 Core modules: Developing Perioperative Practice Leadership and Management in the Perioperative Environment Managing Enhanced and Complex Perioperative Practice (Placement 3) Perioperative Research-based Project
Academically we will help you to develop the theories and concepts required to complete the varied and complex roles undertaken in the perioperative environment. You'll be taught using a variety of teaching approaches including seminars, group work, practical sessions, lectures, simulation and problem-based learning. Teaching is delivered on campus and also through our University's Virtual Learning Environment.
Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.
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How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
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NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma/Level 3 Extended Diploma at grade B. In addition you must have GCSE English Language or Literature and Maths at grade 4 or above, or grade C if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme, or equivalent Ofqual regulated qualification. You must be able to demonstrate an appreciation of the role and work of the operating department practitioner. * Offers will be subject to an interview and references. Please note all the information provided in support of your application may be checked and must be verifiable as a true record. * You also need satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and occupational health clearances prior to registration. We arrange these as part of the application process. You'll be required to sign a self-declaration at the start of each year. All police contact during the course must be reported to the course leader as a matter of urgency and may lead to suspension or termination. We will request an Overseas Police Check if you have lived in a country outside of the UK for 6 months or more (whether continuously or in total) in the last 10 years before applying to us and whilst aged 18 or over. * You may be eligible to gain accreditation for your prior learning towards this course - https://www.hud.ac.uk/undergraduate/how-to-apply/apl/ Placement providers for this course may require you to have received a number of vaccinations, unless medically exempt, and provide evidence of these. As a student on a course with a clinical or healthcare placement, we strongly recommend that you complete any courses of vaccinations required under current guidelines for your future profession. Failure to do so may result in your inability to undertake a placement in certain clinical settings, therefore impacting upon your academic progression, and may result in academic failure of your course. Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements. Please note places are limited and attainment of the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an interview or offer. You must include details of any previous study.
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Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
English language requirements
If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.
Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our 'Where are you from?' information pages.
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Fees and funding
|Republic of Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Please see our website for more information - http://www.hud.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-finance/undergraduate-scholarships/ NHS Funding Students studying this course may be eligible to receive a non-repayable grant of at least £5,000 each year. Further information is available on the NHS Learning Support Fund Website - https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/nhs-learning-support-fund
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