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Operating Department Practice
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Operating Department Practice

Coventry University
On campus
 1073 Points
3 Years

Program Description

Operating Department Practice (ODP) is an exciting and rewarding career, where you will interact and support a variety of patients at their most vulnerable, and facilitate their care throughout their perioperative journey; Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) are a crucial part of the inter-professional team.

The role of the ODP is continually evolving beyond the borders of the operating department and ODPs are increasingly adapting their range of skills and abilities to develop their practice to work in non-traditional acute areas such as the emergency department, interventional radiology, cardiac catheterisation, MRI and CT scanning as well as endoscopy units.

The skills you will learn and the knowledge you will gain whilst in university will be facilitated through simulated activities such as role play and clinical skills development in facilities which replicate those found in modern hospitals, include a mock operating theatre, mock ward setting, high dependency bays, and utilising high tech manikins which respond to the treatment provided.

Teaching and learning is supported by highly trained, clinically current and experienced staff, clinical partners, service users and peer supported learning both from fellow ODP students and inter-professionally with students from a range of health courses across the school.

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Year 1

Pathophysiology applied to Operating Department Practice

Principles of Anaesthetics & Anaesthesia

Principles of Surgery

Anaesthetic Practice

Surgical Practice

Health & Wellbeing in the Community

Foundations of Evidence Based Practice

Year 2

Developing Anaesthetic and Post-Anaesthetic Care in Practice

Developing Surgical Care in Practice

Developing Anaesthetic and Post-Anaesthetic Care

Developing Surgical Care

Developing Evidence Informed Practice

Exploring Professional and Ethical issues in Practice

Year 3

Leadership & Management for Healthcare Professionals

Enhanced Anaesthetics & Critical Care

Advanced Surgical Practice

Evidence Based Project

Transition from Apprentice to the accountable practitioner


Past graduates have found work in the perioperative environment in both the NHS & Private Sector in Anaesthetics, Surgery & Post Anaesthetic Care environments.


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