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Operating Department Practice BSc

University of East Anglia UEA

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science - BSc

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

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  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

**About This Course**The three-year BSc (hons) degree programme in Operating Department Practice (ODP) prepares people 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 assesments 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. **Overview**Operating department practitioners (ODPs) are an important part of the operating department team working with surgeons, anaesthetists and theatre nurses to help ensure every operation is as safe and effective as possible. As an ODP, you’ll be responsible for putting the theory into clinical practice. You’ll need to develop a broad knowledge of peri-operative practice techniques in anaesthetics, surgical and post-operative practice. Excellent management and communication skills are also vital, as you’ll be involved with the assessment, delivery and evaluation of peri-operative care.Taught within the School of Health Sciences, our three-year course is fully approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and prepares you so that you’re eligible to apply for registration as an ODP. This course will give you the skills and knowledge to become a competent, highly sought-after ODP, able to provide high standards of patient care and skilled support, alongside medical and nursing colleagues during peri-operative care. You will have a caring and compassionate nature and a thoughtful and conscientious approach. You’ll enjoy working as part of a team, and excel within a pressurised and rapidly changing environment. Excellent problem solving skills are also key, as are good communication skills.ODPs are sought after professionals. Once you have qualified, pay and responsibility will depend upon experience and further specialist skills you may acquire. ODPs may work in a wide range of areas including transplant teams, orthopaedic clinics and special care baby units. You may go on to become a senior ODP, perhaps running a theatre unit. Critical thinking and analytical graduate skills will also enable you to seek opportunities in research, education and training and the expanding clinical opportunities available to ODP’s in places like Intensive Care units.As part of our recruitment process we’ll explore the values of the NHS Constitution at interview, with successful candidates being able to demonstrate how these are reflected in their own beliefs.**Disclaimer**Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the details on the provider’s website: ****

Application deadline

15 January

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University of East Anglia UEA

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    University of East Anglia UEA, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 7TJ, England

UEA is a highly-respected university. Its beautiful campus is surrounded by English countryside and provides a safe and friendly place to live and study.
Join a welcoming and diverse community of international students. Students get all the support they need, before and after they apply.
Located in beautiful parkland, UEA is also just a short bus ride away from the centre of Norwich, a buzzing yet historic city.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    31st out of 35 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    168 70%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    100 100%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.25 85%



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