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This programme has been endorsed by the College of Operating Department Practitioners (CODP) and the University are currently awaiting programme approval from the sector Regulatory Body, The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Our Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) Degree Apprenticeship equips students with the skills and knowledge required to provide care to patients during the three phases of perioperative practice whilst in full-time paid employment. Areas include:

  • Anaesthetics
  • Surgery
  • Post-Anaesthetic Care

At Northumbria we offer this apprenticeship as a three year course as standard, however, we also offer a two year study programme for those students who already have prior experience. See our Entry Requirements for further details. 

The apprenticeship equips students with the skills required to become a practising ODP, in addition to addressing complex patient groups, such as older persons and those with multiple health problems. The programme ensures students are able to demonstrate compassionate, safe, evidence-based patient care and focuses on the use of new technologies within the operating theatre and the new ways of working within the profession.

During the course, students will demonstrate critical thinking skills in relation to complex healthcare issues and undertake research to enhance Operating Department Practice.

At the end of the apprenticeship, students will have comprehensive abilities to plan, implement and evaluate individualised, holistic, evidence based Operating Department Practice care, alongside demonstrable skills within management and leadership to deliver high quality perioperative care. Successful students will graduate with an Operating Department Practice BSc (Hons).

This apprenticeship if for those who are working full-time in a perioperative environment. If you would like to study this programme and are not in full-time employment, you may be interested in our BSc in Operating Department Practice.


*Subject to validation*

This programme has been endorsed by the College of Operating Department Practitioners (CODP) and the University are currently awaiting programme approval from the sector Regulatory Body, The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Our Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) Degree Apprenticeship equips students with the skills and knowledge required to provide care to patients during the three phases of perioperative practice whilst in full-time paid employment. Areas include:

  • Anaesthetics
  • Surgery
  • Post-Anaesthetic Care

At Northumbria we offer this apprenticeship as a three year course as standard, however, we also offer a two year study programme for those students who already have prior experience. See our Entry Requirements for further details. 

The apprenticeship equips students with the skills required to become a practising ODP, in addition to addressing complex patient groups, such as older persons and those with multiple health problems. The programme ensures students are able to demonstrate compassionate, safe, evidence-based patient care and focuses on the use of new technologies within the operating theatre and the new ways of working within the profession.

During the course, students will demonstrate critical thinking skills in relation to complex healthcare issues and undertake research to enhance Operating Department Practice.

At the end of the apprenticeship, students will have comprehensive abilities to plan, implement and evaluate individualised, holistic, evidence based Operating Department Practice care, alongside demonstrable skills within management and leadership to deliver high quality perioperative care. Successful students will graduate with an Operating Department Practice BSc (Hons).

This apprenticeship if for those who are working full-time in a perioperative environment. If you would like to study this programme and are not in full-time employment, you may be interested in our BSc in Operating Department Practice.


Course Information

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 Years full-time

Department
Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location
Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2021

Fee Information

The apprenticeship allows students to develop their skills and knowledge through a mix of online supported learning and seminars where they will learn theoretical concepts and explore how to apply theory to the practical role of an Operating Department Practitioner.

During the programme both theory and practice are assessed. Module assessments reflect a variety of tried and tested strategies carefully selected to suit student’s needs, these include assignments, practical and oral examinations and research projects. Practice assessment is yearlong and in the final year will be graded.

Learning will be supported through placements, including critical care and ambulatory care, where students will practice skills under the direction of a practice supervisor. There will also be opportunities to work with expert practitioners and hear from guest lecturers. 

Module Overveiw


Semester One

Semester Two
   
Year One   
   
Theory 1 : Introduction to Perioperative Evidence Based Practice (20 Credits)   
   
Theory 2: Anatomy and Physiology in Operating Department Practice
   
(20 Credits)   
   
Skills 1 : Introduction to Perioperative Practice
   
(20 Credits)   
   
Skills 2 : Principles of Perioperative Practice
   
(20 Credits)   
   
Practice 1: Principles of  Operating Department Practice
   
(40 Credits)   
   
Year Two   
   
Theory 3 : Developing Evidence Informed Operating Department Practice (20 Credits)   
   
Theory 4: Pathophysiology in Operating Department Practice
   
(20 Credits)   
   
Skills 3 : Developing Skills for Perioperative Practice
   
(20 Credits)   
   
Skills 4: Enhancing Skills for Perioperative Practice
   
(20 Credits)   
   
Practice 2: Applied Operating Department Practice
   
(40 Credits)   
   
Year Three   
   
Theory 5 : Integrating Evidence into Perioperative Practice Development
   
(40 Credits)   
   
Skills 5 : Leadership and Management in Perioperative Practice (20 Credits)   
   
Skills 6: Advanced Skills in Perioperative Practice
   
(20 Credits)   
   
Practice 3: Advanced Operating Department Practice (40 Credits)   

 

Full module information for the programme will be released following validation.

The programme is delivered by a specialist team of academics and clinicians who have extensive knowledge in all areas of clinical practice.  

Our teaching team are experienced healthcare practitioners, qualified educators and researchers who work closely with NHS Trusts and private healthcare providers to ensure the curriculum is relevant and contemporary to meet current healthcare requirements. All aspects of the teams research, specialisms and expertise is integrated into the delivery and learning throughout the apprenticeship.  

During the degree, students will have access to ongoing support through a Programme Leader and a dedicated Personal Tutor who can be contacted for to help with academic queries and specific issues concerning the programme.

As an apprentice, students will learn in a safe practice environment through a variety of strategies such as demonstration, supervised practice and skills rehearsal in our Perioperative Simulation Suite.  Our Clinical Skills Centre, based at Coach Lane campus includes an Anaesthetic Room, Operating Theatre and Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit. Our virtual reality equipment, High Fidelity Simulated Mannequins (SimMan, SimJunior and SimBaby), and immersive technologies allows students to practise skills and develop confidence in clinical ability prior to clinical practice.

University study will make up 20% of the apprentice’s learning over the course of the programme. Attendance at tutor-led sessions is very important, however as employees, we appreciate apprentices may unavoidably miss an occasionally taught class, therefore, learning, teaching and seminar materials will be available via our virtual learning environment (Blackboard), accessible to students remotely. Students will also be allocated an academic coach who will provide support in respect of academic development.

Whilst on campus, students will have access to the University’s exceptional facilities including social spaces, IT facilities and lecture theatres and not forgetting 24/7 access to our award winner University Library. 

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In partnership with Northumbria University, the employer will support the learner at work to achieve their apprenticeship. Whilst studying, the apprentice will be required to work full-time, for at least 30 hours a week, and will be supported through learning at work to achieve the requirements of the apprenticeship standard.

The programme will include a minimum of 20% time away from the workplace developing theory to relate to practice. Apprentices will be allocated blocks of placements, which will include allocated study time, either experiencing face-to-face teaching or undertaking self-directed study working on online learning materials.

In the workplace, apprentices will be supported by a Practice Supervisor and colleagues.  Both apprentice and their line manager will be supported by Northumbria University throughout the programme, including access to online support materials for line managers. Apprentices will also meet with their manager/mentor and individual professional development coach in the workplace at least four times each year.

During the programme, many assessments are work-based and aligned to the context and activity of the organisation, leading to increased organisational understanding and performance by the apprentice whilst ensuring they develop new skills and enhance productivity and performance.

To complete the programme, the learner will have to demonstrate that they have obtained the relevant skills, knowledge and behaviour required during their workplace training.

Whilst off-campus and in the workplace, students will have access to our technology-enhanced learning (TEL) facilities which provide access to module information, electronic reading lists and online learning resources such as podcasts, e-books and e-journals.

The employer covers all tuition fees for the apprentice, the total payment required depends on the organisation’s apprenticeship levy status.

Students studying an apprenticeship do not pay any tuition fees, however, as they are in full-time employment they do not have student status and therefore are not entitled to apply for student finance. As you are a Degree Apprentice, you will not be liable for fees, these will be paid by your employer from their Apprenticeship Levy (if a large employer) or via Government Funding (for smaller employers). If you are employer is accessing Government funding your employer will pay a 5% contribution for your tuition fess, the Government Funding will cover 95% of your tuition fees.  

Please note Degree Apprenticeship tuition fees do not cover the following:

  • Travel costs
  • Your wages
  • Personal protective clothing and safety equipment required to carry out your day-to-day work
  • Any training, optional modules, educational trips or trips to professional events in excess of those required to achieve the apprenticeship framework or meet the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the apprenticeship standard.
  • Registration and examination (including certification) costs associated with a license to practice. This applies even where a license is specified in the apprenticeship standard and assessment plan.
  • Registration and examination (including certification) costs for non-mandatory qualifications (qualifications that are not specifically listed in the standard).
  • Re-sits for mandatory qualifications or the end-point assessment needed for the apprenticeship where no additional learning is required.
  • Accommodation costs where the apprentice is resident away from their home base, because of the requirements of their day-to-day work or because this is convenient for the employer or provider. Residential costs associated with non- mandatory qualifications are also excluded.

Additional Costs

You will be required to purchase a fob watch and suitable footwear for use in placement, which will cost approximately £80. You will need to pay for your own travel costs, which may be approximately £800 per year depending on your placement location. You may be eligible to claim reimbursement of travel costs from the NHS Business Authority. Up to date information relating to this can be found at: https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/student-services. If using a car to attend placement, you may also need to pay parking charges of approximately £200 per year.

To discuss the fees for this apprenticeship in detail or to explore signing an agreement with the university, complete the enquiry form below and someone from our Business and Enterprise team will be in touch shortly.

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We guide both employer and employee through the application and funding process and will be on hand to assist you during the apprenticeship journey.

To start the application process for either current employees or new recruits contact our Business and Enterprise team today by email or complete our online enquiry form. Alternatively, you can call 0191 227 3251.

All students are required to be working full-time in a perioperative environment to study the Operating Department Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship. Students who have evidence of prior learning may be eligible to study our two year route, see our Entry Requirements for further details.

If you are interested in studying this apprenticeship and you are in current full-time employment complete our online enquiry form.

If you are not working within a perioperative environment but would like to study this apprenticeship programme, keep checking our vacancies page for information regarding job opportunities. Alternatively, you may be interested in our BSc in Operating Department Practice

 

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

Admission onto a higher or degree apprenticeship can only take place if applicants are currently employed and their employer has a training agreement in place with Northumbria University.

Applicants must be employed within an operating department, with the opportunity to apply theoretical concepts directly to their personal and professional work experience.

Potential apprentices will need:

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-levels, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas or the International Baccalaureate.

We may also consider applicants who have successfully completed a related Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship, or those with non-standard qualifications, or a significant amount of relevant work-based or professional experience.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator 

You may be eligible to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and join the programme in year two. To meet the requirements for RPL, you must demonstrate from previous academic study and experiential learning that you have gained some of the knowledge and skills required of a student ODP. This is achieved through a recognition process, which consists of a combination of accreditation of previous academic learning and a minimum of 544 hours of Perioperative experience. This process is undertaken to establish the equivalence of learning which has already taken place with Northumbria’s provision and equates to 12 months of pre-registration ODP study and prior study at Level 4 of 120 credits. Successful candidates are granted advanced entry to year two of study, thereby completing their pre-registration programme in a shorter period.

Additional Requirements:

Applicants will be required to attend an interview. Admission is subject to a suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate and a satisfactory health check. Applicants must meet the Health and Care Professions Council's suitability for registration requirements.

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with 6.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or Functional Skills English and Maths at level 2 and be able to provide evidence of these qualifications. It is recommended that applicants have this qualification prior to entry, however if applicants are working towards this qualification, it is a condition that it is completed in advance of End Point Assessment.  The University will facilitate provision of Maths and English qualifications where this is needed.

Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

Admission onto a higher or degree apprenticeship can only take place if applicants are currently employed and their employer has a training agreement in place with Northumbria University.

Applicants must be employed within an operating department, with the opportunity to apply theoretical concepts directly to their personal and professional work experience.

Potential apprentices will need:

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-levels, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas or the International Baccalaureate.

We may also consider applicants who have successfully completed a related Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship, or those with non-standard qualifications, or a significant amount of relevant work-based or professional experience.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator 

You may be eligible to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and join the programme in year two. To meet the requirements for RPL, you must demonstrate from previous academic study and experiential learning that you have gained some of the knowledge and skills required of a student ODP. This is achieved through a recognition process, which consists of a combination of accreditation of previous academic learning and a minimum of 544 hours of Perioperative experience. This process is undertaken to establish the equivalence of learning which has already taken place with Northumbria’s provision and equates to 12 months of pre-registration ODP study and prior study at Level 4 of 120 credits. Successful candidates are granted advanced entry to year two of study, thereby completing their pre-registration programme in a shorter period.

Additional Requirements:

Applicants will be required to attend an interview. Admission is subject to a suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate and a satisfactory health check. Applicants must meet the Health and Care Professions Council's suitability for registration requirements.

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with 6.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or Functional Skills English and Maths at level 2 and be able to provide evidence of these qualifications. It is recommended that applicants have this qualification prior to entry, however if applicants are working towards this qualification, it is a condition that it is completed in advance of End Point Assessment.  The University will facilitate provision of Maths and English qualifications where this is needed.

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