This course aims to develop professional, competent and reflective operating department practitioners who are able to provide high standards of compassionate patient care during the anaesthetic, surgical and post-anaesthetic recovery phases of the perioperative journey. The course will provide you with learning opportunities, both in clinical practice and educational settings, to help you integrate knowledge and practice. These opportunities reflect the dynamic contemporary delivery of modern healthcare and will develop your ability to meet the needs of patients in the perioperative arena. This course aims to: • develop a safe, compassionate and confident perioperative practitioner, who is professional, accountable and can work effectively as part of an inter-professional team. • facilitate the development of a research minded perioperative practitioner who is able to use higher order cognitive skills, such as problem solving and critical thinking skills, to inform the clinical decisions they make in practice. • develop a perioperative practitioner who is able to integrate theory to practice, promoting innovation and effective change. • develop a perioperative practitioner who is an independent, highly motivated, reflective, lifelong learner. • facilitate the development of a perioperative practitioner who meets the Standards of Proficiency for Operating Department Practitioners as set out by the HCPC and is eligible to apply to register with the regulatory body (HCPC). We have a 98.9% employment rate (Source 2014-15 DLHE), with many graduates gaining employment in local Trusts/healthcare organisations. Following graduation, you may wish to undertake further study to enhance your clinical knowledge and skills, in specialist areas of care delivery. For more details please see the Career and study progression section. Reasons to study at the University of West London: • You will benefit from a fantastic range of high-tech, innovative teaching resources, making your learning fun and engaging. • Our teaching staff are highly committed, passionate, subject specialists, with clinical currency, who will be there to support you during your course. • All our students have a personal tutor who will guide and advise you throughout your academic life. You'll also have access to the University's mentoring service. • You will be given regular, personalised feedback on your progress in theory and practice, helping you to succeed. • We have achieved the highest external ratings for the quality of our pre-registration Nursing courses and have been shortlisted for 3 awards at the Student Nursing Times Awards 2016.