OD5017 - Developing Skills for Perioperative Practice

What will I learn on this module?

This module will build on the concepts from year one and introduce more complex skills linked to the proficiency standards outlined in the standards of proficiency for registered operating department practitioners (ODP’s) (HCPC 2014). This will support your practice learning and help you further develop the knowledge and skills you have gained from your year one clinical placements. The module will help you develop greater confidence and autonomy, allowing you to contribute effectively to a multi-disciplinary team of healthcare providers. This skills module will support your learning while you are in practice and provide an environment, within university, to consolidate the skills and knowledge necessary to progress effectively. While in university you will also be updating, consolidating and learning new communication and perioperative skills, and elements of patient safety to ensure safe and effective practice.

How will I learn on this module?

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

Working collaboratively with your peers, to build your knowledge and understanding, your focus will be on the development of intermediate level operating department practice skills. Practise and rehearsal will help you to explore the complexities of working in teams and introduce you to the team working component of team development, reflecting the realities of delivering effective care for people of all ages in all healthcare settings.

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 perioperative skills to build proficiency. BlackBoard Ultra will be used to provide access to both field essential learning and the opportunity to access learning that supports a greater depth of knowledge beyond your field specific content.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported by a module team of specialist lecturers. You will receive ongoing guidance and feedback to ensure you are able to engage with concepts of safe perioperative practice and health promotion in people of all ages with a range of common health conditions.

You will also be supported via the modules OSL systems in addition to face-to- face teaching and more formal classroom arrangements.

Contact with the module team is available in person, via telephone, email and the eLearning portal. Support for your learning is also offered via a 24 hour IT Helpline, Student Support and Wellbeing Services, Skills Plus the University Library’s collection of online learning materials to support the development of your academic skills. In addition the University’s student portal provides online access to the Ask4Help service which provides help with all 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 the eLearning portal/library services to enhance and support your learning. All support will be in line with any Disabled Student Support Recommendations (DSSR).

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. Critically analyse the dimensions of the ODP’s role, and operational policy, identifying potential developments in practice using current legislation.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

2. Recognise and discuss the role of the ODP in maintaining and managing all aspects of infection control, potential health and safety hazards related to perioperative practice and provide reasoned evidence for intervention.

3. Demonstrate, discuss and analyse how the specific needs of the service user are anticipated and met across the broad spectrum of therapeutic interventions

4. Demonstrate an ability to prepare, undertake and maintain a variety of interventions, in a range of perioperative and critical care settings

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Identify and appreciate the principles of health and wellbeing strategies from local, national and global perspectives and apply them to perioperative practice

How will I be assessed?

You will be guided by Online Support Lectures to consider the evidence base and best practice approaches, which you will use to inform the summative assessment.

Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)
Written Exam – Short answer paper.

Focussing on the common adverse effects of anaesthesia and post-anaesthetic care. Looking at care of a deteriorating patient, for example, hypothermic shock. Students will be asked to assess the patient and discuss potential interventions for the care plan of the service user.
Written exam will have 3 short answer questions, of which the students have t answer 2.





Module abstract

Within Skills 3 you will be increasing your skill and knowledge level from year 1, developing your decision making and assessment skills. Through learning, rehearsal and reflecting on your past experiences and knowledge you will be able to enhance your knowledge of multi-disciplinary team working and patient safety and your role within this. You will be encouraged to identify the evidence that underpins good practice, to further reflect on your own abilities and to develop increasing confidence and autonomy. You will have the opportunity to study in a simulated clinical environment. As you progress through the module you will continue to reflect on your own performance and illustrate your development of proficiency and confidence.

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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