Teesside University, Middlesbrough

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Teesside University

Operating Department Practice Studies

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Course summary

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Available for September or January intakes. 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.

Course details


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Assessment method

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

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Health and Care Professions Council

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course codeB990
Institution code T20
Campus nameTeesside University
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 96 - 112 points

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £13000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Find out more about fees and funding if you are from the UK here: tees.ac.uk/fees, or if you are an international student here: tees.ac.uk/international/fees. If you live in the Channel Islands or Isle of Man contact your education authority: gov.uk/student-finance. Fees for EU applicants will be confirmed soon.
Operating Department Practice Studies at Teesside University, Middlesbrough - UCAS