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Course summary

Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) provide skilled and holistic care and support to patients at all stages of an operation, from anaesthetics, throughout surgery and into recovery. They play a critical role in the hospital’s ability to carry out surgery. It is a varied role, encompassing patient care, teamwork and attention to detail. ODPs work as part of the surgery team and link this team to other teams and departments in the hospital. They provide a vital role in managing the preparation of operating theatres, such as preparing drugs, instruments, devices and equipment for anaesthesia and surgery, including microscopes, endoscopes and lasers. During operations they are responsible for providing instruments and materials to the surgeon. They are also responsible for treating patients while they recover from anaesthesia or surgery until they can be discharged home or back to a ward. The course follows a spiral design based around four 'Pillars of Practice' to help you develop the knowledge, skills, understanding and confidence required to be eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to become a registered Operating Department Pratitioner:

  • Clinical Practice (anaesthetics, surgery and post-anaesthetic care)
  • Facilitation of Learning (of self and others)
  • Leadership
  • Evidence, Research and Development


Year 1 • Fundamental Principles of Clinical Practice: Anaesthetics, Surgery, and Post-anaesthetic Care • Planning and Meeting the Needs of Individual Patients • Effective Communication and Teamwork to Enhance Patient Safety • Theatre Etiquette Year 2 • Key Concepts in Perioperative Care • Evidence and its Application to Patient Care • Leadership and Supervision Strategies • Clinical Decision Making Relating to Holistic Patient Care Year 3 • Understanding Perioperative Care and its Limits • Acute Care Beyond the Operating Theatre • Techniques of Analysis and Enquiry within Perioperative Care • Decision Making and Professional Development

Assessment method

Assessments will include practical OSCEs, written exams, oral presentations, written assignments, and clinical skills assessments. The range of assessment methods is chosen to develop and demonstrate a range of skills transferable to the modern healthcare environment including reflection, oral and written communication, confidence and competence in care delivery and the ability to research, appraise and evaluate evidence. Placement competency will be assessed by your practice educator during formative learning such as simulation and clinical skills delivery in specialist areas.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

This course is not open to applications from International applicants.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and an occupational health check required

Additional entry requirements

Health checks

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

If you can commit to working in Wales for two years after graduating, you could get your tuition fees covered in full through the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme, as well as maintenance funding and a reduced rate loan from Student Finance. Please see our NHS Funding webpage to check your eligibility for funding before applying:

Operating Department Practice at Swansea University - UCAS