London South Bank University

Course Introduction

The Operating Department Practice (ODP) critical care laboratory has been carefully designed to reflect hospital acute care environments. At one end it resembles an operating theatre and at the other there is a recovery/intensive therapy unit. The theatre has an operating table, theatre lights, anaesthetic machine with oxygen pipelines, patient monitoring, suction machine, resuscitation trolleys and the fully functioning SimMan equipment. There is also a scrub area, with sinks, gowns and gloves so students can get "scrubbed up" when taught to handle instruments. There are various anatomical trainers and we can teach students about airway management and intubation as well as CPR. The operating table is used to teach patient positioning and patient anaesthetic scenarios are recreated using equipment and a mannequin.

Course Modules

Year 1: introduction to working in the peri'operative environment; basic anatomy and physiology for peri'operative practice; fundamental peri'operative practice skills; caring for individuals in the peri'operative environment; building operating department practice skills; concepts of inter'professional practice in health and social care. Year 2: developing operating department practice skills; post anaesthesia care skills; scope of practice for operating department practitioners; peri'operative practice skills for paediatrics; emergency care in theatres; role of enquiry in evidence'based practice. Year 3: leadership in peri'operative practice; pharmacology in peri'operative care; developing anaesthetic skills in peri'operative practice ; contemporary issues in peri'operative practice; developing surgical skills in peri'operative practice; application of evidence'based practice.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons)

Qualifications required:

  • Interview
  • International Baccalaureate 25
  • Tariff 112-112
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MMD
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma D*D*
  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Higher
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • CRB check required
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units)
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) M2
  • BTEC Scottish Higher National Certificate
  • BTEC Scottish Higher National Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 National Certificate

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The course is well organised and is running smoothly 45%
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The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 71%

£22,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

95% Go on to work and/or study

12% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 14%

Total Coursework: 58%

Total Practical: 28%

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