OD5018 - Enhancing Clinical Skills for Perioperative Practice

What will I learn on this module?

The content of ODP Skills Module 4 will be informed by the proficiency standards outlined in the standards of proficiency for registered operating department practitioners (ODP’s) (HCPC 2023), building upon your knowledge of medicine administration whilst being exposed to the challenges of complex care needs.

Learning on this module will be focused upon interventions associated with people of all ages who have complex care needs. To achieve this, you will explore the principles, approaches and concepts of safe practice within the perioperative setting and the delivery of holistic care to service users. You will undertake accurate drug calculations for a range of medications using a range of routes. You will build your knowledge of safe ethical medicines management with an emphasis on the clinical application of these skills and understanding. There will be a particular focus on the challenges of medicines optimisation in people with complex care needs, which requires understanding of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics. Alongside this you will learn to develop professional accountability to ensure safe administration of medicines, including competency in drug calculation. You will continue to develop your understanding of team working and its importance in operating department 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

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 explore and appreciate the impact of service user and carer involvement in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of the care delivered within perioperative and critical care settings.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. Reflect upon and critically analyse the factors which influence homeostatic functions throughout the perioperative and critical care phases of care.

3. Demonstrate knowledge of the factors influencing pain and the application of methods of pain management.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. Explore, analyse and address the physiological, psychological and socio-cultural needs of Service Users during all phases of perioperative and critical care.

5. Recognise the factors/drivers influencing the management of varying client groups undergoing perioperative and critical care.

How will I be assessed?


You will access SafeMedicate as a self-assessment tool to gauge your proficiency to carry out effective medicine administration in preparation for your summative assessment.
MLOs: 1,2,3 & 4


Your summative assessment will have two components, each contributing to 50% of the final grade. They consist of:
• a 15-minute Viva on surgical practice
• a 30-minute unseen exam based on calculation of medicines.
MLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5





Module abstract

Building on your learning from Operating Department Practice Skills module 3, this module prepares you for your chosen career as a future ODP. You will learn about the perioperative interventions associated with people of all ages who have complex care needs. To achieve this, you will explore the principles, approaches and concepts of safe practice within the perioperative setting and the delivery of holistic care to service users.

Medicines management is a key part of safe and effective perioperative care and this module you will explore the principles, approaches and concepts of safe medicines administration in perioperative practice. To assist your learning of medicine administration and accurate drug calculations for a range of medications the e-learning platform SafeMedicate will be used. Skills rehearsal you will allow you to gain confidence and proficiency in the full range of medicines administration and management techniques appropriate to perioperative practice.

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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