The Operating Department Practice programme enables students to become confident, capable practitioners who are competent to carry out complex activity in all areas of the Hospital Operating Department. This includes the assessment, planning and delivery of individualised care from admission to the department through to the immediate post-operative recovery unit.
The demands placed on Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) mean that the practitioner is required to take responsibility for managing all aspects of patient care within the operating department. Overall, ODPs are primarily concerned with supporting and assisting the care of the patient throughout the Perioperative stage of surgical intervention.
ODPs have a critical role within the operating theatre team and are involved with the maintenance and restoration of the physical and psychological status of the patient. This programme aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge to work effectively as an ODP within a team of health and social care professionals.
It is also intended to reflect current developments in health and social care, and education, in a manner that equips students with the knowledge, attitudes, graduate and profession-specific skills to meet the changing needs and agendas whether it is from a local, national or international context. In addition to being part of the interprofessional operating theatre team, ODPs work in other critical care areas, such as intensive care units, accident and emergency departments and delivery suites.
On successful completion of the Operating Department Practice programme, students would be eligible to apply for professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP).