OD4015 - Introduction to Perioperative Evidence Based Practice

What will I learn on this module?

You will spend time exploring the various types of evidence that Operating Department Practitioner (O.D.P.) are required to find, appraise and use when they deliver care. You will learn to explore the diverse forms of evidence-based practice (EBP) that impact upon perioperative practice and examine how theoretical frameworks and knowledge inform clinical decision making within the ODP role. You will learn how to use approaches to identify evidence including exploring, describing, testing and reflecting. You will use a variety of appraisal approaches to explore the research and learn to recognise the key factors relating to weaknesses and strengths with published evidence. You will gather evidence from a number of different perspectives and these will be explored so that opportunities and limitations can be critiqued and developed.

How will I learn on this module?

On this module, you will learn by attending workshops hosted on campus. The strategies adopted during workshops will include presentations of your own work and that of your peer group, enquiry-based learning, problem-based learning, debates, journal clubs and group work. Members of the module team will facilitate the workshops.

You will learn by preparing to attend workshops. This preparatory work will be achieved by engaging in Tutor Guided Independent Study. The Tutor Guided materials will include interactive learning packages, electronic lectures, and workbooks. The Module Team will provide advice on how and when to engage in your Tutor Guided Independent Study.

On this module, we advise you to learn by reading. Although this may seem obvious we do not feel that it can be over emphasised .Reading is vital for your academic and clinical development. Reading will provide technical information to enhance the evidence base for your clinical practice. Reading is also necessary for you to appraise the merits of a variety of writing styles, adopting the strongest and best of the characteristics in your own work to demonstrate progression in your scholarship.

You will be engaging in Student Independent Learning. You will be able to choose what you would like to study in more detail. You can spend time preparing for your module assessment and /or generating evidence for your clinical practice placement.

The Module Team will be assessing you. All assessments help motivate learning. On this Module, you will be preparing a 2000 word essay for the module assessment. This essay will review and appraise a research article, with a perioperative perspective and you will be asked to consider how research findings can inform understanding of perioperative practice and thus enable evidence-based practice.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

How will I be supported academically on this module? (SRS 0003) Please provide a brief overview of the academic support available to students, including any support that may be accessed outside formal scheduled teaching.
You will obtain support from face to face dialogue with academic staff during seminars and workshops. You will utilise peer support during the directed and independent parts of the module. You will be provided with a group tutorial to support your summative assessment; this will be part of a seminar.

You will also be supported via the modules on-screen learning (OSL) systems in addition to face-to-face teaching and group work activities and discussion. You will be able to contact the module team in person, by email or phone and through the Blackboard Ultra. Skills Plus, the University Library’s collection of online learning materials on Blackboard Ultra can be used to support the development of your academic skills. Further support for your learning is provided with a 24 hour IT Helpline, a comprehensive range of services through the Student Support and Wellbeing Team and the University’s student portal, which gives help and advice on student enquiries. https://one.northumbria.ac.uk/service/sls/ssw/Pages/Home.aspx

You will have access to Northumbria University’s electronic resources to support the development of academic skills; this is aimed at improving your critical thinking and writing. The resources include e-books, e-journals and an array of databases and media outputs. You will be enrolled on an electronic Learning Platform (Blackboard Ultra) that will provide access to module teaching materials and a reading list. You will be granted membership of the Northumbria University Library that includes a 24/7 service catering for all your learning needs. Library membership will also give you access to academic skills development packages, accessed on-line, called Skills Plus. In addition, there is the Ask4help service that is available to provide individual support or help with queries you may have in relation to your studies in both the module and the wider programme.

You will also support each other via peer support, through engaging in discussion and debate to enhance your learning. Additional relevant materials, including the electronic reading list and other teaching and learning methods will be available via Blackboard Ultra and library services. All support will be in line with any Disabled Student Services Recommendations (DSSR). https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/-/media/884c14e22461424ba52c7cf102152d70.ashx?h=16&thn=1&w=16&modified=20190808132301

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the value of reflection within professional practice and clinical questioning

2. Identify and categorise the nature and scope of the evidence (both research and /or otherwise based) that currently informs perioperative practice

Professional Skills & Abilities:

3. Evaluate the concepts and principles of evidence-based practice and an ability to review and appraise research literature relating to perioperative practice.

4. Outline the principles of research in relation to methodology, method, validity and reliability, and ethical and sampling issues.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

5. Identify and discuss factors influencing evidence-based practice implementation within the perioperative environment (resources and personal/professional development).

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment:

Students will complete a directed study workbook throughout the module. The workbook contents will be supported by seminars and lectures and will direct the student through the incremental stages of the evidence-based practice cycle. Which will lead towards the summative assessment. Feedback on workbook activities will be from lecturers and peers and will inform discussion at seminars
MLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Summative Assessment:

2000 word essay submitted electronically in which students will review and appraise a research article, with a perioperative perspective and be asked to consider how research findings can inform understanding of practice and thus enable evidence-based practice. Students will receive electronic feedback and feedforward via Turntin portal.

MLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5





Module abstract

This module will introduce you to the scope of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) and encourage you to engage with research evidence that informs clinical practice. You will explore and appraise research and other evidence, which informs clinical practice and decision-making. You will develop an understanding and appreciation of how you can evaluate evidence relating to your own specific perioperative practice. The application of enquiry and evidence within practice will be developed for use within the practice setting. Reflection on experiences will enable you to apply and appraise the use of evidence in different practice contexts. In addition, you will explore barriers to the implementation of EBP and use clinical audit and reflection as a process to consolidate knowledge and develop skills that can be used to function effectively as a registered Operating Department Practitioner.

Course info

UCAS Code B995

Credits 20

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 2024 or September 2025

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