OD0404 - Introduction to Operating Department Practice

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will learn the fundamental principles, which underpin perioperative practice. You will explore a range of factors, which influence care provision as well as service users’ needs during the preparatory phase of care. You will learn how the role of the ODP addresses those needs within professional, ethical and legal parameters with an emphasis on ensuring patient and environmental safety. In this module you will be introduced to academic study skills and the differing forms of evidence, including research, which supports professional practice. You will have the opportunity to develop an appropriate academic writing style, develop skills in the use of literature and effective approaches to study in higher education.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures, to introduce key concepts, seminars skills, practical laboratory work and a workbook including directed learning activities which will be integral to the seminar sessions. You will also learn through rehearsal, directed and independent learning and will include individual and group activities which will enable you to understand the holistic needs of service users undergoing all types of surgical intervention. Extensive use will be made of the University elearning Portal (elp) and the simulated perioperative environment. Anatomical physiological psychological and sociological components of a range of topics will be presented in an integrated format. You will undertake a period of supervised placement practice, which enables you to successfully complete the specified clinical competencies. This will involve spending time on a surgical ward, in a pre-assessment clinic in the operating theatre reception, the anaesthetic area, the operating theatre and the postanaesthetic recovery area. To help you with this aspect of the module, you will have a designated practice mentor who will coordinate your practice activities and verify that you have achieved the necessary competencies.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Support will include feedback from lecturers during small-group seminars and individual tutorials. You will also receive feedback from your practice mentor(s) in relation to your clinical practice learning and progress from your personal tutor. You will undertake a formative assessment which will provide written feedback and will assist you for your summative assessment and future written assignments. You will also be supported by your class peers and receive peer review during formative activities. Time will be allocated to be involved in Learning Leaders’ activities where you will be allocated a 2nd year student to mentor you throughout the first year.

In these areas the specified practice proficiencies can be achieved under direct supervision of a suitably qualified practitioner. In view of the introductory nature of this module, practice activities will focus on observation, your participation will always be under direct supervision and only when patient safety can be assured.

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:

MLO1 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

MLO2 Identify the range of factors influencing perioperative care provision including reflection & life-long learning/CPD

MLO3 Apply and demonstrate the skills required for Enquiry-based and problem-solving learning

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

MLO4 Demonstrate an ability to write in an appropriate academic style, utilise an appropriate referencing system and understand the implications of academic misconduct

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

MLO5 Discuss and identify the professional expectations of ODPs with regard to moral, legal and professional issues which impact upon perioperative practice

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment
The aims and outcomes of the formative assessments are to assist you to prepare for your summative assessment and your practice placement experience.

Completion of a 1000-word essay which will demonstrate appropriate academic writing and explore lifelong learning relevant to their professional practice. (Learning Outcomes 1-5)

Summative assessment
Assessment of this module involves both achievement of practice proficiencies (pass/fail) and a written account, (2000 words) which focuses on the preparation of patients and the environment during the preoperative phase of care, and demonstrates awareness of the ODP’s role in ensuring patient and environmental safety.
(Learning Outcomes 1-5)

Successful completion of both the practice and theoretical components are required for you to pass this module and gain 20 credit points at level 4.





Module abstract

This module will introduce you to the perioperative working environment and the concepts and principles which underpin perioperative practice. You will explore a range of factors which influence care provision as well as service users’ needs during the entire perioperative care journey. Learning on this module will take place in lecture rooms and within the dedicated perioperative simulation suite in the Clinical Skills Centre, with Technology Enhanced learning embedded within the module. On completion of the module you will be able to understand and describe the role of the Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) in addressing those needs in each phase of care within professional, ethical and legal parameters. As part of this module you will also develop your skills and knowledge in becoming competent to prepare utilise and maintain perioperative equipment, as employers are seeking staff who can ensure service user and staff health and safety. During this module you will reflect upon your role in meeting the individual and holistic needs of services users during the complete perioperative journey this will include:
o visiting a preassessment clinic and observing service users undergoing assessments for surgery and anaesthesia
o undertaking a placement on a surgical ward and observing and being involved with service users during admission, preparation for surgery, informed consent, and you will escort service users to theatre reception where you will gain experience of checking in service users and this will assist you to utilise and improve their communication skills with a variety of service users. Where appropriate you may follow a service user through the complete perioperative journey.
o You will experience at least one week in anaesthetic practice: setting up checking and preparing the anaesthetic room, observing induction, reversal and maintenance of anaesthesia, and communicating with service users’ carers and the interdisciplinary team.
o You will experience at least one week in intraoperative practice: observing and being involved setting up checking and preparing the operating theatre, observing and be involved in the circulating and scrub role.
o You will experience at least one week in post-anaesthetic practice: observing and being involved in setting up checking and preparation of recovery room, checking emergency trolley and defibrillator.

Course info

UCAS Code B990

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 2 years full-time

Department Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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