We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in clinical knowledge and practice, therefore the subjects taught ensuring you gain the best experience both within university and placement. We will inform you 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 course 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 you 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. You will be assessed by an essay and PDP workbook.
Foundations of Clinical Practice Skills (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to enable you 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 you to commence the development of the essential core clinical practice skills, underpinning knowledge and understanding through engagement with learning activities undertaken within both the University settings and clinical practice setting in the operating departments where you will be placed. This module is examined by an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).
Foundations of Reflective Practice (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to introduce you to professionalism and reflective practice and for you to appreciate reflection both as a student development tool and as a professional, career-long activity. You will be aware of the responsibilities of a professional to practice safely, ethically with integrity and aware of their digital footprint. You 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 your first year of the course. You will be assessed by the use of a reflective essay for this module.
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 you to the anaesthetic setting and your role in assisting and supporting 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. The method of assessment for this module is a 2 hour examination.
Foundations of Surgical Practice (20 credits)
The module will provide you 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; you 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 you to your role and responsibilities as a scrub practitioner. You will be assessed for this module by a written essay.
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. During this year practice placements aim to extend your capacity in applying theory to practice and extend your clinical practice competence. Similar to the first year, the nature of clinical placements means the taught component relating to anaesthetic, surgery and post anaesthetics will be delivered across both semester one and two. The assessment work load will also be divided, with three module assessments in semester one and three in semester two.
Developing Academic Skills (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to provide you 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 for future academic development. The assessment for this module is by a written essay.
Developing Clinical Practice Skills (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to further develop your 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, you 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. This module is examined by an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).
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 you learning and professional practice. You should be able to integrate reflection into your everyday practice improving patient experience and outcomes beginning to interpret and question established processes both within University and clinical practice. The assessment for this module will be undertake via a reflective essay.
Developing Anaesthetic Practice (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to develop further your 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 your ability to become safe, efficient and capable practitioners. You 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 practice skills. This module is assessed via 20 minute oral presentation.
Developing Surgical Practice (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to develop further your skills, competencies and knowledge in assisting the surgeon as a novice Surgical First Assistant (SFA). The module will build upon the basic concepts of surgical practice introduced in year 1 and continue to develop your ability to become safe, efficient and capable surgical practitioners. Your knowledge for this module will be assessed through a written essay.
Post-Anaesthetic Surgical Care (20 credits)
The module aims to equip you 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 you to your first autonomous role in theatre. You will be assessed for this module by the use of a patient case study.
Year 3 aims to enhance and support your development as a safe, effective and competent operating department practitioner. Topics include: development and enhancement 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 your placement learning for the final year of the course. As with the first and second years of the course the taught contact will be delivered across the two semesters, and the assessment work load will also divided across the semesters.
Enhanced Academic Skills – 20 credits
This module aims to showcase your ability to undertake an extended piece of systematic, reflective, critical enquiry into an aspect of perioperative practice of your choosing. This module is focussed on a topic of particular interest to you and you 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 you to manage your time effectively, organise their ideas and extend and compliment content from previous modules. The assessment for this module is a critical enquiry based extended written essay.
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 you to increase your understanding of the complexity of issues and concepts which underpin and influence your practice within the perioperative environment. This module is examined by an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).
Enhanced Reflective Practice – 20 credits
This module continues to enhance your personal and professional development and the need for 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 you to critically reflect on your 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 you for the qualified ODP role progressing toward leadership and management of perioperative teams in clinical practice.
The assessment for this module will be undertaken via a reflective essay.
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 you to provide leadership when required. Social and cognitive skills identified as ‘non-technical’ skills will be further developed to promote your ability to become adept at team leadership, to be situationally aware and to develop confidence in the management or resolution of conflict. The assessment for this module will be a case study.
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 you 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 your ability to become adept at team working, to be situationally aware, to maintain standards of good practice and to problem solve appropriately. You will be assessed for this module by a written essay.
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 you work with. You will be assessed on your knowledge for this module via a 2 hour examination.
Within the course all modules are compulsory and are core to your overall studies. Therefore for this reason all theory/academic components of every module must be passed and all practice placement competences must be passed in order to progress to the next year and level of study.