OD6017 - Advanced Skills for Perioperative Practice

What will I learn on this module?

This module will consolidate the concepts and perioperative interventions from the previous skills modules and be delivered following Operating Department Practice Skills 5. Building on your existing knowledge and skills you will enhance your development and become an agile skilled Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) in all areas operating department practice. You will be learning to apply high-level communication skills, previous knowledge and experience as well as your advanced knowledge of perioperative procedures to prepare you for autonomous practice. History taking skills will be developed and used as a framework for enhanced assessment and care of people of all ages. A range of dynamic learning opportunities both in the simulated and real-life practice setting will help to generate evidence, which will aid you in the completion of your Ongoing Record of Achievement, demonstrating that you are capable of a high standard of competent, safe and independent operating department practice.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a variety of methods, which will include practice learning, simulated practice, and Online Support Learning (OSL). These opportunities will be supplemented by websites and training packages, which will include access to the Department’s specialist Skills4Practice website: https://www.s4pwebsite.com/

Using your developed evidence-based practice approach, you will be observed in your ability to take a history, observe, recognise and accurately assess people of all ages. You will be provided with feedback to enhance your learning and this will allow you to be informed of your development as a future registered ODP.

The module will be delivered using a blend of web-based resources and face-to-face practical sessions that are underpinned by online learning resources. 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 effectively engage with concepts of leadership, care quality, pharmacology and medicines administration, and field specific advanced perioperative procedures to ensure evidence based safe operating department practice.

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 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?

What will I be expected to achieve?
(SRS 0005)

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. You will be able to critically analyse contemporary, evidence based, service assessment skills and perioperative interventions.

Intellectual / Professional Skills & Abilities:

2. Apply evidence-based patient assessment skills and perioperative interventions to service users with complex needs

3. Demonstrate advanced understanding of pharmacotherapeutics and medicines management across the service user lifespan

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

4. Demonstrate your understanding of the importance of transferable skills to facilitate autonomous practice and utilise problem solving and decision-making utilising a current and appropriate evidence base to deliver high quality care.

How will I be assessed?


You will have the opportunity to be formatively assessed on your perioperative skills, through simulation-based experience in preparation for your Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

(MLO 1, 2, 3, 4).


Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). Three stations, 20 minutes per station based around the patient journey; anaesthetics, surgery and post-anaesthetic care – Feedback will be provided electronically.

(MLO 1, 2, 3, 4).


Completed Year 1 and 2



Module abstract

Within this module, you will gain the skills needed to develop as a future ODP who is able to effectively combine knowledge and skills to lead excellence in perioperative practice. You will continue to have the opportunity to practice your skills in a simulated environment and be encouraged to continue peer assisted learning as you develop to an independent learner. You will enhance your assessment and communication skills through participating in history taking practice focusing on people of all ages in all settings. 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. Within the module, you will demonstrate resilience, tenacity and emotional intelligence and be capable of explaining the rationale that influences your judgments and decisions in routine, complex and challenging situations.

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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