Year one of the programme will consist of level four study and is concerned primarily with the introduction of concepts and principles that underpin Operating Department Practice. As an apprentice you will be introduced to biological, sociological, psychological and behavioural concepts that will facilitate the development and understanding of the specialist needs of a patient throughout the perioperative experience. The first year of the apprenticeship is designed to serve as a foundation for ODP apprentices who will learn about professional expectations and values, the structure of health and social care, academic expectations, skills for practice and the role and responsibilities of an ODP in a modern health service.
Academic Skills 1 (20 credits)
The aim of this first-year module is to enable you 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 you with requirements for university study in Health and Well-Being via learning activities and engagement with university services, including supporting ‘international students and non-native English speakers’ This module provides the base for further development in years 2 and 3. You will be assessed via an essay and PDP course workbook.
Anaesthetic 1 (20 credits)
This module introduces you to the anaesthetic setting and your 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. You will be assessed via a 2-hour unseen examination and an anaesthetic written workbook.
Clinical Skills 1 (40 credits)
The aim of this module is to support practice learning and help you to further develop knowledge and skills for safe and effective perioperative care. You will be assessed via a Practice Assessment Document (PAD) which incorporates a requirement to reflect on their Anaesthetic, Surgery and ward experiences (this will be on a pass/fail grade).
Human Biology 1 (20 credits)
This module introduces you 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. You will be assessed via A 2-hour unseen examination and course work book.
Surgery 1 (20 credits)
This 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 via an essay related to a minor/intermediate surgical procedure utilising evidence-based practice in surgery in relation to safe perioperative practice and written course workbook.
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. Like the first year, the nature of clinical placements means the taught component relating to anaesthetic, surgery and post anaesthetics will develop the clinical competencies necessary to practice safely and effectively as an ODP in all three phases of perioperative care; the anaesthetic phase, the surgical phase and the post anaesthetic (recovery) phase.
Academic Skills 2 (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 Academic Skills 1 module that was undertaken in year 1 and will continue the development of Graduate Skills. You will be assessed by you undertaking a systematic search of evidence on a perioperative topic of their choice. Once the search strategy has been conducted, you will choose one source of evidence identified through their search strategy to critique using an appropriate critiquing framework. The chosen source of evidence will then be examined and critiqued in more detail, addressing aspects identified within the critiquing framework
Anaesthetic 2 (20 credits)
On this module you will further develop 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 a safe, efficient and capable practitioner. 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 skills. You will be assessed via a 20-minute presentation related to the anaesthetic phase of care. In addition, you will complete an anaesthetic workbook.
Clinical Skills 2 (40 credits)
The aim of this module is to support practice learning and help you to further develop professional knowledge, skills and experience in partnership with other professionals to optimise outcomes for a range of surgical patient groups. You will be assessed via a Practice Assessment Document (PAD) which incorporates a requirement to reflect on your Anaesthetic, Surgery and ward experiences (this will be on a pass/fail grade).
Introduction to Recovery (20 credits)
This 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 further development in year three and introduces you to your first autonomous rolein theatre.The assessment for this module will be a case study related to the post anaesthetic and surgical phase of care, in addition to a recovery workbook.
Surgery 2 (20 credits)
On this module you will further develop your skills, competencies and knowledge in assisting the surgeon for both elective and non-elective procedures. The module will build upon the basic concepts of surgical practice introduced in year 1 and further develop your ability to become safe, efficient and capable surgical practitioners. Social and cognitive skills identified as ‘non-technical’ skills will be introduced to aid the development of professional skills. Legal and ethical issues will be explored focussing on accountability and responsibility implications of the surgical practitioner role. The assessment for the module an essay identifying an aspect of practice development related to surgical care in addition to a surgical workbook.
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 years of the course.
Academic Skills 3 (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 their 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 ‘Academic Skills 1’ and ‘Academic Skills 2’ undertaken in years 1 and 2 to continue the development of Graduate Skills. This module will encourage you to manage your time effectively, organise your ideas and extend and compliment content from previous modules. The assessment for this module will be to produce a systematic, reflective, critical enquiry into a relevant aspect of operating department practice (6000 words).
Anaesthetic 3 (20 credits)
This module will build upon the year 2 anaesthetic 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 the module will be a case study critiquing an aspect of anaesthetic/critical care afforded to a specific patient.
Clinical skills 3 (20 credits)
On this module you will develop your practice as an autonomous ODP, assessing patients in theatres and associate areas, exercising professional judgement to establish patient centred goals, and to accept, plan, initiate, modify, refer or cease treatment within prescribed limits. The assessment for the module will be through completion of a Practice Assessment Document (PAD) (assessed as pass/fail) which incorporates a requirement to reflect on their Anaesthetic, Surgery and Recovery experiences.
Extended Recovery Skills (20 credits)
This module aims to foster deeper understanding of complex and vulnerable patients including adults, obstetric patients and children and incorporates inter-professional 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 inter-professional 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. The assessment will be via a 2-hour unseen examination and a recovery workbook.
Surgery 3 (20 credits)
This module builds upon the year 2 surgical skills module focusing on specific competencies and knowledge to enable you to develop confidence in assisting the surgeon. 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 via an essay identifying an aspect of practice development related to surgical care.
Year 4 will consist of one trimester (September to January) during which time the End Point Assessment (EPA) will take place. The EPA is part of the integrated degree apprenticeship for Operating Department Practitioners and contributes the final 20 level 6 academic credits to the integrated degree. Your employer, in consultation with the programme team, will confirm when you are eligible to progress to the EPA during this final trimester. The EPA is an independent assessment that tests the achievement of the necessary knowledge, skills and behaviours identified in the apprenticeship standard and can be considered ‘job ready’.
End-point Assessment (EPA) (20 credits)
The end-point assessment will provide independent synoptic assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the apprenticeship standard. The assessment will deliver a valid, reliable and independent judgement that you have achieved the standard required to complete the apprenticeship as an ODP. The assessment for this module will be via a Professional Discussion of 60 minutes +/- 10% at the discretion of the assessor. Questions will be targeted to address each domain of the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours outlined in the Standard ST0582. You must be able to relate the questions to your practice and demonstrate you are able to work within the parameters of practice and know what to do should you be placed in a situation that would test the limits of these. The Professional Discussion is graded as Fail / Pass / Distinction. In addition, a live observation of practice will take place lasting 90 minutes +/- 10% at the discretion of the assessor. You will be observed in providing perioperative care to an individual or succession of individuals. Following the 90-minute observation you will participate in a 30 minute follow up question and answer session +/- 10% at the discretion of the assessor. The purpose of the follow up questions is to confirm your competence. The Observation is graded as Fail / Pass.
Within the programme 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 to progress to the next year and level of study.