We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.
Year 1 aims to cover the foundations of clinical skills and knowledge for effective studying including communications skills. Key themes include: healthcare and professional regulation, safeguarding, introduction to principles of perioperative care, introduction to fundamental surgical skills, human biology and health. There are practice placements during this year.
Foundations of Academic Skills (20 credits)
The aim of this first year module is to enable students to gain foundation-level skills for effective study throughout the programme by using a range of academic, professional and interpersonal skills while gaining awareness of evidence bases related to perioperative care. The module extends the induction process and familiarises students with requirements for university study in Health and Wellbeing via learning activities and engagement with university services, including supporting ‘international students and non-native English speakers’ (Higher Education Academy, 2014). This module provides the base for further development in years 2 and 3.
Foundations of Clinical Practice Skills (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to enable the student to begin to appreciate the theoretical concepts underlying professional operating department practice. In addition to the ability to organise, assemble and position equipment to meet the requirements of the operating list. As a result, the module will enable students to commence the development of the essential core clinical skills, underpinning knowledge and understanding through engagement with learning activities undertaken within both the University settings and practice setting.
Foundations of Reflective Practice (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to introduce the student to professionalism and reflective practice and for students to appreciate reflection both as a student development tool and as a professional, career-long activity. Students will be aware of the responsibilities of a professional to practice safely, ethically with integrity and aware of their digital footprint. Students will begin to focus on the patient experience throughout their perioperative journey acknowledging the service user voice during this process in order to reflect on patients’ emotional needs while accumulating knowledge of their physical needs in their first year.
Foundations of Human Biology (20 credits)
The aim of the module is to introduce students to the normal structure and function of the human body, in order to help them understand how principles of the human biology relate to normal activities of living.
Foundations of Anaesthetic Practice (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to introduce students to the anaesthetic setting and their role in assisting the anaesthetist. The basic principles of perioperative anaesthetic care and associated subject content will be identified including relevant equipment, underpinning pharmacology, anaesthesia techniques as well as the assessment, planning and implementation of patient care.
Foundations of Surgical Practice (20 credits)
The module will provide students with a broad introduction to the fundamental surgical skills, principles and theoretical knowledge necessary for working within the sterile field. In addition to learning about the management of patients undergoing surgical intervention and individualised patient care; students will gain an understanding of the principles of asepsis, infection control and the importance of maintaining homeostasis. The aim of this module is to introduce students to their role and responsibilities as a scrub practitioner.
Year 2 aims to cover the development of more complex topics: professional development, advancing anaesthetic practice, pathophysiology for operating department practice, advancing surgical practice and immediate postoperative care. Practice placements aim to extend your capacity in applying theory to practice and extend your practice competence.
Developing Academic Skills (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to provide students with a framework to find, assess and evaluate sources of evidence used in the perioperative practice setting. This module builds on the foundations of Academic Skills that was undertaken in year 1 and will continue the development of Graduate Skills.
Developing Clinical Practice Skills (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to further develop the knowledge, understanding and necessary professional clinical skills related to perioperative practice. The module will build upon the elementary concepts of anaesthetic, and surgical clinical practice introduced within the “Foundations of Clinical Practice Skills module at level 4”. In addition, the students will be introduced to the clinical practice skill required to support the Post-anaesthetic patient. The module will further develop the underpinning knowledge necessary for operating department practice.
Developing Reflective Practice (20 credits)
The aims of this module are to build on the foundation reflective skills gained in year 1 so fostering a positive attitude to reflection and self-questioning with realisation of the impact of reflection on student learning and professional practice. Students should be able to integrate reflection into their everyday practice improving patient experience and outcomes beginning to interpret and question established processes.
Developing Anaesthetic Practice (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to develop further the students’ skills, competencies and knowledge in assisting the anaesthetist. The module will build upon the basic concepts of anaesthetic practice introduced in year 1 and further develop the students’ ability to become safe, efficient and capable practitioners. Students will be introduced to basic electrocardiograph interpretation and the use of 12 lead ECG for diagnostic purposes. Social and cognitive skills identified as ‘non-technical’ skills will be introduced to aid the development of professional skills.
Developing Surgical Practice (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to develop further the students’ skills, competencies and knowledge in assisting the surgeon as a novice Surgical First Assistant. The module will build upon the basic concepts of surgical practice introduced in year 1 and continue to develop their ability to become safe, efficient and capable surgical practitioners.
Post-Anaesthetic Surgical Care (20 credits)
The module aims to equip the student with the theory supporting and rationalising safe, effective care of adult patients recovering from elective surgery, introducing post-operative care principles and embracing HCPC (2014) Standards of Proficiency relevant to post-anaesthetic and surgical care in practice. The module aims to establish foundations for seriously ill and highly dependent patients in year three and introduces students to their first autonomous role in theatre.
Year 3 aims to enhance and support your development as a safe, effective and competent operating department practitioner. Topics include: development of professional practice, surgical first assistant, immediate post-operative care, caring for seriously ill patients, leadership and management. Preparation for the workplace and enhancing your reflective practice form part of placement learning.
Enhanced Academic Skills – 20 credits
This module aims to showcase the students’ ability to undertake an extended piece of systematic, reflective, critical enquiry into an aspect of perioperative practice of their choosing. This module is focussed on a topic of particular interest to the student and each student will work under the guidance of an academic supervisor, with extra support provided through seminars and lectures. The module continues to build on the ‘Foundations of Academic Skills undertaken in year 1 and ‘Developing Academic Skills’ undertaken in year 2 to continue the development of Graduate Skills. This module will encourage students to manage their time effectively, organise their ideas and extend and compliment content from previous modules.
Enhanced Clinical Practice Skills – 20 credits
The aim of this module is the integration of enhanced knowledge and a wider understanding of the clinical skills required when managing the perioperative patient within context of anaesthetic, surgical and post-anaesthetic care for specific patient groups. It will enable students to increase their understanding of the complexity of issues and concepts which underpin and influence their practice within the perioperative environment.
Enhanced Reflective Practice – 20 credits
This module continues to enhance the student’s personal and professional development and their lifelong-learning capabilities with a view to becoming an adaptive, professional practitioner equipped to communicate and collaborate with varied service users and inter-professional multi-disciplinary teams on completing the programme. The aim is for students to critically reflect on their practice extending both the physical and academic boundaries of years 1 and 2 reflective modules to include an area outside traditional theatre roles and more complex patient populations via deeper, structured reflection with recognition of the autonomous aspects of Operating Department Practice within an inter-professional, sustainable organisation. The module will prepare students for the qualified ODP role progressing toward leadership and management of perioperative teams in clinical practice.
Enhanced Anaesthetic Practice – 20 credits
This module will build upon the year 2 Developing anaesthetic skills module with a focus on complex care and critically ill patient management. Leadership and management capabilities will be developed to enable students to provide leadership when required. Social and cognitive skills identified as ‘non-technical’ skills will be further developed to promote student ability to become adept at team leadership, to be situationally aware and to develop confidence in the management or resolution of conflict.
Enhanced Surgical Practice – 20 credits
The aim of this module is to build upon the year 2 Enhanced surgical skills module focusing on specific competencies and knowledge to enable students to develop confidence in assisting the surgeon as a competent SFA. Social and cognitive skills identified as ‘non-technical’ skills will be further developed to promote student ability to become adept at team working, to be situationally aware, to maintain standards of good practice and to problem solve appropriately.
Seriously Ill and Highly Dependent Patient Management – 20 credits
The module aims to foster deeper understanding of complex and vulnerable patients including adults, obstetric patients and children and incorporates interprofessional learning in surgical and in other critical care areas according to HCPC (2014) standards of Proficiency for Operating Department Practitioners. This module develops the autonomous practice introduced in year 2 extending beyond theatre boundaries and embracing interprofessional collaboration within acute and critical care environs aiming to inform confident, capable practitioners who will meet the changing needs of the populations and employers they work with.
All components of every module must be passed and all practice placement competences must be passed in order to progress to the next year / level.