Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) are important members of the surgical or perioperative team. They work in a specialist and dynamic environment, providing care during the anaesthetic, surgical and post anaesthetic or recovery phases of a patient’s journey throughout their time in hospital.
The role requires practitioners with in-depth knowledge and skills in areas such as anatomy and physiology, illness and disease, surgical and anaesthetic procedures, legal and ethical issues, and the ability to work as a team player.
This exciting and challenging course aims to equip you with the skills required to care for patients undergoing surgery and anaesthesia. You’ll have the opportunity to work alongside highly trained and professional staff within the NHS and the private sector, be taught by tutors with real-life experience, and take advantage of the state-of-the-art facilities in the new Alison Gingell Building. Completion of the course will make you eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a qualified ODP.
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Why Coventry University?
An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.
As an operating department practitioner, you’ll work with surgeons, anaesthetists and theatre nurses to help ensure the safety and effectiveness of every operation.
But before that you’ll need to study, and if you choose to study this two-year course with us, you’ll learn in our brand new Alison Gingell Building!
The course is largely made up of practical placements, however, you’ll also need to understand the background theory behind the operating department, which you can learn in our lectures and seminars.
You will gain a Professional Qualification which enables you to register with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and practice as an Operating Department Practitioner in the NHS or Private Healthcare Sector.
Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.
The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences’ own Employability and Placements Unit can help you to find suitable work placements and give you advice on how to get the most out of them.
95% of students were employed or in further study
Where our graduates work
Graduates from this course have secured specific operating department practice positions within NHS Hospital Trusts and private hospitals, often before they have completed their programme of study.
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