OD4017 - Introduction to Perioperative Practice

What will I learn on this module?

The content of Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) Skills Module 1: Introduction to Perioperative Practice will be informed by the proficiency standards outlined in the Standards of Proficiency for Operating Department Practitioners by the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC 2016).

The module will introduce you to the concepts and principles of Operating Department Practice and the proficiencies required to care for Service Users during the perioperative period and explore a range of factors which influence care provision as well as Service Users’ needs. You will learn how the role of the ODP addresses those needs within professional, ethical and legal parameters with an emphasis on ensuring Service User and environmental safety. The module will introduce you to the principles of service user safety applied to perioperative practice and to develop an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of members of the inter-professional team when caring for Service Users within the perioperative environment.

You will learn how to observe and assess people of all ages in terms of symptoms and signs of physical ill health. You will learn how to take, record and interpret a patient’s vital signs and use communication tools to support verbal and written reports. An introduction to basic medicine calculation and management will also be part of your learning. These skills and proficiencies will be supported by opportunities to participate in simulated education utilising a range of specialist technology eg laparoscopic trainer and laparoscopic equipment located in the clinical skills centre equipment and taught by experts. These skills are directly relevant to your practice learning and include procedures that are necessary for safe and effective patient care.
You will be introduced to research underpinning fundamental Operating Department Practice care. You will be equipped with foundational knowledge of research concepts to enable you to make judgements about the quality of the research literature. You will be taught by academics who are research engaged and they will help you to begin to understand Operating Department Practice as an evidence based profession.

Before your first placement you will complete a number of mandatory requirements, ie Basic life support moving and handling, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, which will enable you to practice with confidence and ensure patient safety. The learning opportunities in this module are designed to support you to develop knowledge, which will inform the attainment of communication and relationship management skills and Operating Department procedures as identified in Part 1 of your Ongoing Record of Achievement (ORA).

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a variety of methods, which will include Online Supported Learning (OSL), through engagement with a simulated practice environment and ‘tasters sessions’ in a clinical practice. Learning will be supplemented by websites and training packages, which will include access to the department’s specialist Skills4Practice website: https://www.s4pwebsite.com/

Engagement in group workshops will encourage you to work collaboratively with peers to build your knowledge and understanding. You will also be provided with the opportunity to link with fellow students in other healthcare professions. This introduces you to the task-work component of teamwork and reflects the realities of delivering effective care for people of all ages in the perioperative setting.

The module will be delivered using a blend of Blackboard Ultra and face-to-face practical sessions, underpinned by online learning resources. The focus of learning will be on rehearsal of Operating Department skills to build proficiency, develop understanding and enhance competence.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported by a Specialist Module Team of Lecturers in Operating Department Practice. You will receive ongoing guidance and feedback to ensure you are able to engage with concepts of safe operating department practice, the physical health, mental health and wellbeing status of people of all ages, and the academic rigour of the module.

You will also be supported via the modules 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 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. Outline the role and responsibilities of the ODP during each phase of care and describe the preoperative needs, and preparation, of surgical patients and the environment in relation to health & safety issues.

2. Identify key communication principles required for safe and effective handover of Service Users.

Intellectual / Professional Skills & Abilities:

3. Describe and demonstrate principles of safe preparation, use and maintenance of medical devices

4. Apply and demonstrate the elements of effective communication and inter-professional teamwork within the perioperative environment

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

5. Discuss and identify the professional expectations of ODPs with regard to ethical, legal and professional issues which impact upon perioperative practice

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment of the student’s knowledge and understanding via feedback from group work, anatomy and physiology workbooks and guided study with links to the summative assessment account.
Group presentation on health and safety within the operating theatre environment, which will inform the summative task. Verbal and written feedback from mentor and guidance tutor in relation to practice learning.

Formative assessment of numeracy (SafeMedicate) will also be undertaken.

MLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Summative Assessment:

2000 word written assignment which focuses on the preparation of patients and the environment during the preoperative phase of care
MLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5





Module abstract

Skills Module 1: Introduction to Perioperative Practice initiates the development of your communication and perioperative skills, which are necessary for safe, effective, professional practice. The module is designed to introduce you to the essentials skills of perioperative practice which you will build and develop over your three year programme of study. Sessions will focus on the rehearsal and practise of a range of peioperative interventions that can be applied to the care of people of all ages and in different healthcare settings. You will have the opportunities to participate in simulated education in the clinical skills centre, utilising a range of specialist anaesthetic and post-anaesthetic technology. As you progress through the module you will be encouraged to reflect on your own performance, and assess your strengths and weaknesses around your skills development. This learning lays the foundation for safe, professional practice and ultimately a successful career 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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