Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Develop your clinical skills and knowledge to facilitate change and innovation in your approach to patient care with our Operating Department Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship. Study for an honour's degree in operating department practice while you work, with no tuition fees.
This course aims to develop a range of essential skills and knowledge to achieve a high standard of holistic care and facilitate change in the perioperative environment. Ideal if you're passionate about patient care and want to open the door to a wide range of career opportunities as a Registered Operating Department Practitioner.
This course aims to develop a range of essential skills within all areas of the perioperative environment, encompassing care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment, in accordance with the NHS Constitution.
You'll develop clinical skills in anaesthetics, surgery and recovery areas by putting your theoretical knowledge into practice. You’ll be encouraged to critically reflect on all aspects of your practice, develop a high standard of holistic care, an awareness of social, cultural and ethical implications in the perioperative environment, and cultivate effective leadership and management skills.
On completion of the course, you will be able to facilitate change and innovation in your approach to patient care within a multidisciplinary team.
Successful completion will enable you to apply for professional registration as an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
An apprenticeship is a job with training, combining practical experience with academic learning.
At least 20% of your contracted working hours will be classed as 'off-the-job'. This time will be dedicated to developing the knowledge and skills needed to meet the requirements of the apprenticeship, and therefore are not part of your usual work duties.
The off-the-job learning will be set out in a block plan that details when you will attend full days of university teaching, the dates you will be assessed or need to submit an assignment, and the weeks you will be putting your new learning into practice in your usual work setting, across the three areas of anaesthesia, surgery and recovery, to meet Health and Care Professions Council.
The off-the-job learning for our Operating Department Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship is delivered from our Cambridge or Chelmsford campuses, subject to viability.
You will be assessed at the end of each module you undertake (on-programme assessments) which will contribute towards the final award of your qualification.
You will also undertake an End Point Assessment (EPA) to complete your apprenticeship.
The EPA for this apprenticeship is integrated into the final on-programme assessments. Therefore, on successful completion of your degree, you will also complete the apprenticeship and be ready to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.
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Our Cambridge and Chelmsford campuses offer state of the art purpose-built theatre skills laboratories where you’ll simulate many aspects of the perioperative environment.
You’ll practice skills such as airway management, surgical scrubbing, gloving and gowning, preparing a patient for surgery, applying and interpreting basic and invasive monitoring, setting up equipment and preparation for many emergency situations which may occur in the practice environment.
This course has been approved against the Health and Care Professions Council’s education and training standards. This means that when you successfully complete the course, you meet their professional standards and can apply to register. Registration has many benefits including being identified as a health and care professional with the skills and knowledge to practise safely and effectively.
“ARU has provided an accessible route to increasing my level of practice and my skill set.”
Advanced Clinical Practitioner Apprentice
"I chose the apprenticeship because I was able to continue working and did not lose any financial benefits. I was able to study at any pace in harmony with my life as a family man."
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We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects and current innovations in practice.
On successful completion you will be able to apply to be a Registered Operating Department Practitioner (RODP) with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Career opportunities are wide-ranging in the UK and overseas, and include:
In addition to the person specifications that have been set out by your employer, these are the entry requirements for the course.
*If you do not have the appropriate Level 2 Maths and English, you must ensure you complete these prior to the start of the course. For further details about which qualifications meet Level 2 requirements check the gov.uk website.
**We will also consider applicants with non-standard qualifications provided you have a significant amount of relevant experience, are well-supported by your employer, and demonstrate the ability to manage university-level study. This is with the exception of ESFA approved Level 2 Maths and English qualifications which are mandatory.
You must supply these before you can be registered on the course:
To apply for an apprenticeship, you need to have the support of your employer. If you already have the support of your employer or have any questions before talking to them, please do not hesitate to contact one of our apprenticeship experts who will be happy to help.
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