About This Course The three-year BSc (Hons) degree programme in Operating Department Practice (ODP) prepares you for an exciting and rewarding career in the peri-operative environment. This new programme will prepare practitioners in delivering a vital component of future health and social care needs of the population. Working in a truly multiprofessional arena requires people who thrive on the excitement of a job that demands dynamic assessments and prompt reactions to ensure patient safety. The ODP degree programme will be located in the School of Health Sciences and complements the existing school portfolio of courses. During the course, approximately 50% of your time will be spent on practice placement. The placement environments include NHS hospitals and private organisations. Placement allocation occurs throughout the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire with clinical placements at hospitals in Kings Lynn, Great Yarmouth/ Gorelston, Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge and Norwich. You’ll be required to travel both to and from your placement areas and travel costs may be claimed back (subject to criteria). Our placement sites also have a list of recommended local accommodation, and some have onsite accommodation available. You’ll be expected to follow a range of shift patterns and times to ensure exposure to the full 24 hour and 7 day week nature of healthcare, and this may include weekends, evenings and nights. The start and finish times of these shifts may prove challenging if you are dependent on public transport. For health and safety reasons, where the travel time to the placement area exceeds 45 minutes according to Google Maps, we strongly recommend that you make alternative arrangements for local accommodation. As this course includes patient facing placements in health care settings, and these are a mandatory component of the course, you will need to comply with the placement vaccination policy. Failure to meet the placement vaccination policy may prevent you from joining the course or may lead to your withdrawal from the course in the future. Future employment may also be subject to this condition. Mapped to the College of Operating Department Practice curricula and HCPC standards the learning outcomes will provide experiences and learning opportunities in a wide range of clinical specialties. All clinical placements will take place with local and regional partners based mainly within Norfolk and Suffolk. This programme will use a range of teaching methods, including lectures and seminars delivered by expert academics and clinical educators. Blended learning using online content will allow students to discuss and debate relevant topics, developing their own critical thinking skills. The use of methods including flipped classroom and simulation-based education will allow students to develop essential clinical skills and techniques in practical workshops, underpinned by academic study. A lifelong learning approach is used throughout the course ensuring students are supported as adult learners, to develop the graduate skills, knowledge and autonomy required of a modern healthcare professional. You will still get to enjoy the experience of your first group Basic Life Support session, learning with and from your peers whilst on campus. There will also be many other practical skills developed in our operating theatre simulation sessions which will enable you to make a valuable contribution to patient care when in practice settings. Additional information about our clinical partners can be found here: http://www.qehkl.nhs.uk/ https://www.jpaget.nhs.uk/ https://www.esneft.nhs.uk/ https://www.wsh.nhs.uk/Home.aspx https://royalpapworth.nhs.uk/ https://www.nnuh.nhs.uk/ Disclaimer Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the details on the provider’s website: www.uea.ac.uk
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:
- Year 1
GCSE requirements: GCSEs English Language and Mathematics at grade C or grade 4. We welcome a wide range of qualifications - for further information please visit our website www.uea.ac.uk or email [email protected]
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Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
Offers will be made to applicants after completion of successful interviews, and will be subject to a satisfactory occupational health check (including evidence of appropriate immunisations), an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and two satisfactory references. We will let you know what you need to do (and when) to meet these conditions if you are successful in gaining an offer. As this course includes patient facing placements in health or social care settings, and these are a mandatory component of the course, you will need to comply with the placement vaccination policy. Failure to meet the placement vaccination policy may prevent you from joining the course or may lead to your withdrawal from the course in the future. Future employment may also be subject to this condition.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||7||We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing) at the following level: • IELTS: 7.0 overall (minimum 7.0 in each component)|
We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Please check our website for details.
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Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9250*||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.