ODP Course content and choosing a Uni for study... help!

Hi folks,

Can any of you ODPs give me some advice on these courses please? I really can’t make my mind up which Uni I should go. I have Unconditional offers for Birmingham City Uni and Portsmouth. Any pointers would be a great help 8)

Thanks 8)


Year one:

Anatomy and Physiology

Introduction and Development of
Professional Practice

Principles of Perioperative Practice

Social Aspects of Perioperative Care

Year two:

Enhanced Anaesthetic Care

Enhanced Surgical Care

Interprofessional Approach to Service
User Care

Introduction to Evidence-based Health Care

Post-anaesthetic Care

Preparation for Professional Practice



The course consists of 10 mandatory units, which are as follows.

Year one
Developing Professional Practice:
You will engage in a highly interactive approach to exploring a range of topics (such as communication, informed consent, ethics, conduct and accountability) that contribute to your professional development as an ODP. These subjects will be the focus of your professional portfolio.

Health Safety and Infection Control:
All fundamental aspects of health and safety at work in application to safe practice in the operating theatre are covered in taught and seminal sessions. This includes theatre design, theatre technology, risk assessment, COSHH, HSE manual handling and infection control. HSE first aid at work is also an integral part of this unit.

Human Anatomy and Physiology Applied to Operating Department Practice:
In this unit you will take a systems approach to studying the body and learn how this knowledge is required in practice. Examples include, studying the digestive system with consideration to surgery of the GI tract, how physiology of the CVS and RS impacts on anaesthesia and the postoperative management of patient care.

Fundamentals of Perioperative Care:
You will explore the holistic care of patients throughout the whole perioperative experience and the importance of working as an accountable practitioner.

Research Process:
This unit focuses on introducing you to the research process, which includes design, methodology and evaluating research articles. You will be given the opportunity to learn new terminology and relate the concept of research to informing evidence-based patient care at a basic level.

Year two
Perioperative Use of Drugs:
Building on year one, you will study in more depth, pharmacokinetics and pharmcodynamics in relation to 'common' perioperative drugs. You will also learn about drug calculations and the range of emergency drugs.

Improving Health Services:
This unit focuses on the implementation of evidence-based practice as part of a clinical governance framework within care environments. It is explored from a practice perspective and a critical review of a policy in practice will form the basis of assessment.

Perioperative Care of Specialist Patient Groups:
With year one anatomy and physiology as the basis, you will study altered A+P and psychological aspects in relation to children, older adults, obstetric patients and diabetes.

Critical Care in the Perioperative Environment:
Complex and critically ill patients will be the focus of this unit and it will include difficult airway issues, transfer to ITU/HDU, invasive monitoring, trauma, haemodynamic compromise, malignant hyperthermia, renal disease and multi organ failure.

Professional Practice:
This unit will allow you to demonstrate, via the construction of your own professional portfolio, evidence from the whole course that demonstrates the outcomes required by the Health Professions Council.
See PM
I’ve decided to go for Birmingham City Uni and confirmed with them now.

Any of you guys there could answer a few questions?

I’m quite interested in joining the TA as an ODP – is there a local centre near to the Uni anyone know? or would joining the OTC be better until I finish the course?
202 Fd Hosp is in Brum.
'Kin 'ell, do you really have to go to university to learn how to stick three electrodes on a patient's chest and pass an ET tube to the anaesthetist when he asks for it?
you learn to nail chicks at uni.
i joined at 16!

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