OD5014 - Applied Operating Department Practice

What will I learn on this module?

This practice module will provide you with an opportunity to build upon and extend your portfolio of skills and knowledge relevant to your clinical practice. This module will both support your learning while you are in practice and provide an environment, within university, to consolidate the skills and knowledge necessary to progress effectively. By using a concept curriculum approach, the applied operating department practice module will support you to learn how to become an accountable professional, manage perioperative care, and work in teams.

During your module you will explore clinical decision making in practice through collaboration and partnership working. In your clinical placements you will return to university for two days a week to share your experiences with your peers and module tutors to help develop effective decision making. You will be provided with opportunities to critically reflect on your own role and professional responsibilities in making shared decisions for your continued development as a safe and effective student Operating Department Practitioner (ODP). By using a developing concept curriculum approach, you will be able to practise safely and have an awareness of your own limitations, demonstrating increasing autonomy and independence when performing a range of practical skills. You will apply your developing knowledge of pharmacology, social and life sciences to operating department practice.

You will continue to develop your Ongoing Record of Achievement (ORA) and reflect on your personal and professional development as an evidence-based practitioner. You will reflect on the importance of patient and family centred approaches in addition to the effectiveness of patients and client feedback. Some of your learning will be online via online learning resources stored on Blackboard Ultra as we help you to facilitate, and organise your independent learning.

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/
As a second year student ODP you will be afforded the opportunity to proactively engage with your own professional development and that of others. At this stage you will be familiar with the range of learning and teaching strategies employed (online learning materials, seminars and workshops), which will enable you to take ownership of your academic journey within the developing concept curriculum. To explore complex issues nested concepts will be utilised to facilitate depth of analysis through an enquiry based learning approach. You will also have the opportunity to engage with Learning Leader (LLs) training and apply coaching strategies to support novice students in their professional development.

In university and practice settings you will continue to engage with IPL and LLs where there will be incremental development in the way you learn with and from your peers and other healthcare professionals. This aspect of the practice module will help you develop the skills of supervision, negotiation and relationship management.

In practice placements your Practice Supervisors, Practice Assessor, Academic Assessor and Practice module team will support and guide your learning opportunities, working in partnership with Practice Placement Facilitators (PPFs) to enrich your professional development through observation, role modelling and facilitated sessions.

Your learning environments will provide you with opportunities to apply evidence and theoretical knowledge to help you articulate and justify decisions made in practice. This will be enhanced by developing your clinical and reflective skills linking theory and practice. As an empowered independent learner engaging in self-directed study you will be demonstrating your readiness to employ evidence based best practice in communication skills and approaches to provide therapeutic interventions.

In addition, you will spend time in practice placements consolidating and learning new clinical skills to obtain your practice proficiencies listed in your Practice Assessment Document (PAD) and ORA.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

A strength of this module is the collaboration between the university and the practice placement partners. This will provide you with a robust student support network whilst studying in clinical practice areas. You will be supported to work in partnership with your Practice Supervisor, Practice Assessor and Academic Assessor, to manage your development in both practice and in university throughout year one.

You will be allocated a Personal Tutor, who will meet with you regularly and provide you with consistent pastoral support and access to academic guidance.

You will have access to the electronic learning portal (eLP) BlackBoard Ultra where you will find a range of learning materials, videos, workbooks and on-line supportive learning packages.

The module is assessed utilising a Pass/Refer based upon meeting the criteria outlined in the North East Practice Assessment Document (NEPAD). The NEPAD for this module has been mapped to the 2023 HCPC Standards of Proficiency for Operating Department Practitioners.

The student support and wellbeing service at Northumbria are excellent points of contact for assistance for queries regarding disability, faith, counselling, mental health support, finance and welfare issues. You can access these services via email on your student portal, by telephone or through the help desk staff based within university libraries. Further details of practice support can be found via the relevant link in the appropriate section of your programme handbook via BlackBoard Ultra.
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.

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).

Ask4Help, MyNorthumbria Student Portal, Student Programme Support and Wellbeing Services for example.

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. You will develop a knowledge of pharmacology, social and life sciences and apply this knowledge to operating department practice.
2. You will be able to identify, evaluate and share evidence and research that underpins good clinical practice.
3. You will demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical complexity relating to the management of risk in healthcare.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

4. You will be able to practise safely and have an awareness of your own limitations, demonstrating increasing autonomy and independence when performing a range of practical skills.
5. You will demonstrate collaborative working skills with service users, carers and other professionals evaluating how collaboration improves patient safety.
6. You will apply the skills of critical reflection in relation to risk assessment and the implementation of safe practice when analysing issues and incidents emerging from practice.

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

7. You will demonstrate integrity and an
ability to work within recognised ethical
and legal frameworks. Promoting
professionalism and preserving patient
8. You will demonstrate that you have the
personal and professional attributes that will enable you to work effectively as part of an inter-professional healthcare team.

How will I be assessed?

You will be continuously supervised in your practice placements, this will generate feedback for your assessments.

Formative Assessment

You will undertake a variety of formative assessments, identified in the NEEPAD, which include episodes of care, medication assessments, written reflections and service user/patient feedback. These formative assessments will feed into your summative assessment.

At the end of each placement you will reflect on your practice development and review your progress with your Practice Supervisor and Practice Assessor.

Summative Assessment


Summative: Following feedback from your Practice Supervisors, your Practice Assessor and Academic Assessor will assess you against the proficiencies and evidence in the North East Practice Assessment Document (NEPAD) document and other Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) professional requirements.





Module abstract

This module spans the whole of your 2nd year as a student ODP. It will assist you in the appreciation and application of evidence and theoretical knowledge to justify shared decisions made in practice. This will be enhanced by developing your clinical and reflective skills linking theory and practice. You will be proactively engaged in your own professional development and that of others, taking ownership of your journey as a professional. There will be opportunity to engage with Inter-Professional Learning (IPL) and Learning Leaders (LLs) training and apply coaching strategies to support novice students in their professional development. As an empowered independent learner, engaging in self-directed study, you will be demonstrating your readiness to employ evidence based best practice in communication skills and approaches to provide therapeutic interventions. You will also be developing a deeper understanding of the module concepts thereby exploring complex issues.

You will be required to attend mandatory training as part of the completion of year 2.

Course info

UCAS Code B995

Credits 40

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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