Operating Department Practice DipHE 2019/20 entry

Course code:

B990

Study options:

2 years full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2019

 

Fees:
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Overview

Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) are important members of the surgical or perioperative team. They work in a specialist and dynamic environment, providing care during the anaesthetic, surgical and post anaesthetic or recovery phases of a patient’s journey throughout their time in hospital.

The role requires practitioners with in-depth knowledge and skills in areas such as anatomy and physiology, illness and disease, surgical and anaesthetic procedures, legal and ethical issues, and the ability to work as a team player.

This exciting and challenging course aims to equip you with the skills required to care for patients undergoing surgery and anaesthesia. You’ll have the opportunity to work alongside highly trained and professional staff within the NHS and the private sector, be taught by tutors with real-life experience, and take advantage of the state-of-the-art facilities in the new Alison Gingell Building. Completion of the course will make you eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a qualified ODP.

100% overall satisfaction - National Student Survey (NSS) 2018

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Health and Care Professions Council

On successful completion, you have the opportunity to register with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). For more information please see the HCPC website.

Our Facilities

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Mock Operating Theatre

Our Alison Gingell building includes a full-size mock operating theatre, containing scrub sinks and theatre lights. We also have a mock hospital ward so that we can study a complete patient pathway.

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Ambulance

Our facilities include a mock ambulance, which students can use as part of their studies, to help simulate the patient journey. This gives students the opportunity to learn in situations that mirror real life scenarios.

Hospital Wards

Hospital Wards

We have two fully-equipped mock hospital wards, each containing 4 beds. The wards are built to NHS standards and contain moveable beds, first aid equipment and patient monitoring tools.

What our students say...

This course has provided my foundation of resources, knowledge and confidence required to become a proficient practitioner , providing the highest standard of care to patients.

Bonnie Vowels

Course information

As an operating department practitioner, you’ll work with surgeons, anaesthetists and theatre nurses to help ensure the safety and effectiveness of every operation.

But before that you’ll need to study, and if you choose to study this two-year course with us, you’ll learn in our brand new Alison Gingell Building!

The course is largely made up of practical placements, however, you’ll also need to understand the background theory behind the operating department, which you can learn in our lectures and seminars.

100%

of students agreed the course is intellectually stimulating and provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt

Modules

Overview

Year one focuses on the acquisition of the foundation skills and knowledge in terms of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology. In addition, you will gain an understanding of research literature, clinical skills and inequalities in health and social care.

Modules

  • Foundations in Communication and Professionalism

  • Anatomy and Physiology and Application of Perioperative Practice

  • Maintaining Safety in Perioperative Care

  • Initial Perioperative Placement Practical 1

  • Intermediate Perioperative Placement Practical 2

  • Perioperative Care

Overview

Year one focuses on the acquisition of the foundation skills and knowledge in terms of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology. In addition, you will gain an understanding of research literature, clinical skills and inequalities in health and social care.

Modules

  • Evidence Informed Practice and Decision Making

  • Continuing Perioperative Placement Practical 3

  • Complex Perioperative Care

  • Professional Issues, Leadership and Management for ODP

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

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In more detail...

Your main study themes are:

  • Skills for competence in Anaesthetic practice
  • Skills for competence in Surgical practice
  • Perioperative practice: Aims to develop the professional values, attitudes and behaviours required to deliver safe and effective, holistic person centred care. You’ll cover the key concepts of perioperative care and clinical skills, as well as factors influencing the delivery of safe and effective care. Clinical skills acquisition which underpins this will be taught and practiced in the simulated clinical environment.
  • Evidence informed practice and decision making: Explores the principles and strategies of Evidence Informed Practice (EIP) to enable you to apply, creatively, a wide range of sources of evidence for clinical decision making. You will be introduced to research perspectives (methodology and design), audit, health policy, and service user participation as methods to evaluate your EIP plans and interventions.
  • Communications and professionalism: Communication is highlighted as an essential skill for all health care professionals because it impacts on patient satisfaction. You will develop the key professional attributes incorporating the six ‘C’s model of communication, commitment, courage, care, competence, compassion.

The course can be studied full-time over two years, offering a start date in September. It uses a wide variety of stimulating approaches to teaching and learning to suit individual learning styles, including a series of interactive lectures with associated theory learning, skills lab activities and practical placements.

All modules are mandatory to enable you to exit the programme with the opportunity to gain the knowledge, values and skills to be able to work within integrated care settings and enhance the delivery of care for service users, their families and carers.

The course is underpinned by an approach to professional care which is characterised by empathy, respect, dignity and kindness towards patients and their families. We will encourage you to develop an in-depth understanding of the organisation and culture of modern health care systems which will look to equip you with the confidence to be able to take a stronger role in the leadership and management of resources in delivering treatment and healthcare options to patients.

Throughout your studies, in groups and individually, you will undertake profession specific healthcare related projects and assessments. These may, for example, include Objective Structured Clinical Exams (OSCE), scenario based learning, simulation and formative learning experiences designed to enhance your understanding and application of theory into practice.

Gaining experience using simulation across a range of care settings is aimed at building your confidence and knowledge about how to act in these situations. You can practise and develop your clinical and interpersonal skills in a safe but realistic environment. We use external clinical partners, service users and actors to enhance these experiences.

In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include coursework/formal examinations and practical placement.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

The course is practice based, requiring 40 hours per week in placements. In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 21 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This typically breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: two hours each week of seminar preparation or group work per week.
  • Medium group teaching: 10 hours of workshops or activity led seminars per week.
  • Large group teaching: nine hours led lectures per week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 14 hours each week of private study which can include syndicate learning and online activities which augment other approaches.

If you have a specific hospital outside of the UK that you can secure a placement at, you will have the chance to take an optional extra four-week observational placement at the end of your course.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17



21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

This course has provided my foundation of resources, knowledge and confidence required to become a proficient practitioner , providing the highest standard of care to patients.

Bonnie Vowels

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: HLSH017
BTEC IB Diploma GCSE + A'Level requirements Access Diploma 

MPP in the BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma in Health and Social Care Related subject (will accept Sports Courses).

24 points

64 UCAS tariff points (minimum three A2 levels - excludes General Studies) and minimum 5 GCSEs at A*-C including English Language, Science and Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

(see View more detail on acceptable qualifications) 

An overall pass in a health-related Access to Higher Education Diploma (60 credits) with 45 Level 3 credits, 15 at Merit.

Portfolio

Applicants will also be required to attend a selection event, which provides detailed information about the course and assesses numeracy and literacy as part of the selection process. Satisfactory health clearance and Disclosure and Barring Service required. Evidence of experience of health care e.g. residential or nursing homes, voluntary work with elderly/children/disabled care assistant work or work-based placements in the care sector is required.

In line with the National Health Service Constitution we use a values based recruitment approach in seeking candidates with the appropriate values to support effective team working in delivering excellent patient care.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have minimum three
 A2 Levels (excludes General Studies). Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

An overall pass in a health related Access to Higher Education Diploma (60 credits) with 45 Level 3 credits, 15 at Merit.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

A-Level applicants are required to have three A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. This excludes General Studies.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires an IELTS of 7.0 overall, with no component lower than 6.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language This course requires an IELTS of 7.0 overall, with no component lower than 6.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from a top university. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made Coventry their firm choice.

Coventry University has assessed that you are capable of achieving excellent grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an unconditional offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your unconditional offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: The International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So, if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However, we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students like you with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is still the opportunity to gain one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2018.

What our students say...

This course has provided my foundation of resources, knowledge and confidence required to become a proficient practitioner , providing the highest standard of care to patients.

Bonnie Vowels

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£9,250 (per year)


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£9,250 (per year)


EU Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£13,250 (per year)


International Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

What our students say...

This course has provided my foundation of resources, knowledge and confidence required to become a proficient practitioner , providing the highest standard of care to patients.

Bonnie Vowels

Career prospects

You will gain a Professional Qualification which enables you to register with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and practice as an Operating Department Practitioner in the NHS or Private Healthcare Sector.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences’ own Employability and Placements Unit can help you to find suitable work placements and give you advice on how to get the most out of them.

95%

of students were employed or in further study

DLHE 2015/16 and 2016/17 combined

Where our graduates work

Graduates from this course have secured specific operating department practice positions within NHS Hospital Trusts and private hospitals, often before they have completed their programme of study.

What our students say...

The thing that most attracted me to the ODP course at Coventry was that it provided the support that allowed me to learn whilst having real time patient exposure. The availability of access to supporting education mediums like sim-man allowed me to undertake real time procedures with the flexibility to stop and restart if unsuccessful, with the support and guidance of tutors before commencing clinical placement.”

Alistair McMinn, Final Year ODP student 2017
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

Admission to this course is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and a successful interview. Find out about the application process

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