If your application to study BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice is successful, we'll invite you to an interview day on campus in Cambridge or Chelmsford.
You'll need to be prepared with knowledge and understanding of the role of an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP):
Your interview will be a whole day from 9.30am - 4pm, comprising several different elements as detailed below.
We'll give you a short presentation on studying BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice at ARU.
You'll be asked to read an article and demonstrate an understanding of the topic. You'll have 20 minutes to write an essay-style answer, which is expected to be well constructed, legible and use correct grammar and punctuation.
In pairs or groups of three you’ll be given different scenarios which will be linked to one or more of the NHS Values. We’ll be looking to test your verbal and non-verbal communication skills, confidentiality, care, compassion, judgement, competence, courage and ethics, among other desirable attributes for an aspiring ODP. We'll ask you to respond to scenarios such as: You are an ODP entering a theatre staff changing room, ten minutes prior to being in theatre to prepare for your case with Dr 'A'. As you enter, you see Dr ‘A’ take a swig of a clear drink (which you suspect is alcohol) from a bottle and quickly close their locker. You start a conversation with Dr ‘A’ and over the course of this, the doctor begins to forget things and slur their words. How would you deal with this scenario?
The individual interview is your chance to impress our panel with your understanding of the role of an ODP, and why you would make a good candidate. You'll be asked a few questions by our academic staff and clinicians from the NHS. The panel may also include service users.
One of our student ambassadors will take your group on a campus tour.
Above all, you need to be certain that this is the profession you want to join. Consider visiting us at an Open Day if you haven't already, then commit yourself to learning as much as you can before your interview day.
You’ll be notified via UCAS the results of your interview within three working days.
Please consider the areas which need improvement and ask for written feedback to prepare for future interviews.