Cardiff University

32 nd
European Teaching Rankings 2018
=162 nd
World University Rankings 2018
Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT, United Kingdom

Operating Department Practice

The BSc Operating Department Practice course aims to prepare you for the demands of clinical practice and provide you with a platform for a rewarding career in operating departments and other medical settings. Operating Department Practitioners are registered health professionals who work both autonomously and as skilled members of an inter-professional team. They support patients’ emotional and physical wellbeing during surgery through ensuring infection control and safety standards are met, monitor patients’ vital signs and manage patients’ pain. During surgery, they are responsible for monitoring equipment and disposables. Our three-year course combines university study with clinical placements, working alongside practising professionals and with patients. Through a vibrant interdisciplinary environment we aim to supply a shared learning, inter-professional education which is not available at many institutions. The degree aims to prepare you for clinical practice, and enables you to continue learning beyond registration, promoting continuous improvement in patient care. Graduates will be eligible to apply for registration as an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) with the Health and Care Professions Council. After qualifying, most ODPs are primarily based in the operating department, but can also work in accident and emergency departments, intensive care units, maternity departments and as members of the cardiac arrest team. During your application to the course you will be required to demonstrate that you meet the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) good health and character, fitness to practise requirements. This will be achieved by providing a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate. All applicants will be required to have a satisfactory health screening prior to enrolment on this course, which is conducted independently by the University’s Occupational Health Department. Full guidance on this will be provided at application stage. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: We regret that this course is unable to accept applications from international fee-status applicants because of its association with the National Health Service (NHS) and the restrictions on funding and clinical placements. Distinctive features The distinctive features of the course include: Since September 2014 the School of Healthcare Sciences has been the only higher education institution in Wales offering a BSc Honours course in Operating Department Practice. Graduates are eligible to apply for registration as an Operating Department Practitioner with the Health and Care Professions Council. The School provides pre-registration courses recognised by the UK Health & Care Professions Council in radiotherapy and oncology, occupational therapy, operating department practice, physiotherapy and diagnostic radiography and imaging. It also provides pre-registration courses in nursing and midwifery. This contributes to a vibrant interdisciplinary environment, with opportunities for shared learning and inter-professional education not available at many institutions.