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BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice course preparation

To help you feel prepared for your university studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Read the information below to find out more:

Course start dates

The start date for the BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice degree programme will be Monday 9 January.

This is for students studying at both the Ormskirk campus and at St James’, Manchester.

Full details about your induction week timetable will be published on these web pages over the coming weeks and you’ll be advised by email when this information is available to view.

Information about term dates can be found on our website here. 

Please note that your programme is classed as having a non-standard start date. On the information for term dates, you should look under the tab for Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine followed by School of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions. Your programme term dates can be found under BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice – Year 1 (Jan-23 cohort, Ormskirk and St James.)

Suggested reading

This section relates to reading specifically for your programme. For suggested reading and other materials to read or watch now, please view the other sections on this page.

You will be given information about which textbooks to read and be introduced to the University Library, as well as the many ebooks we have for you to access, when you begin your studies.

The list below is not a list of all the books you need to buy before you start your studies. We recommend that the only book you buy is one of the Anatomy and Physiology books, and that you have a look at the others at a library to check that you like it before making a purchase.

  • ROTHROCK, J. MCEWEN, D. Eds 201. Alexander’s Care of the Patient in Surgery. Elsevier Missouri.
  • AL-SHAIKH, B. & STACEY, B., 2013. Essentials of Anaesthetic Equipment. 5th ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
  • GRACE, P. & BORLEY, N., 20. Surgery at a Glance. 5th ed. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • GWINNUTT, M. GWINNUT, C, 2017. Lecture Notes on Clinical Anaesthesia. 5th ed. London: Blackwell Publishing.
  • HUGHES, S & MARDELL, A., 2009. Oxford Handbook of Perioperative Practice. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • PHILLIPS, N., 2017. Berry & Kohn’s Operating Room Technique. 13th ed. USA: Elsevier Health Sciences.
  • RODGER, D., HENSHAW, K., RAWLING, P. & MILLER, S., 2022. Fundamentals of Operating Department Practice. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • SMITH, B., RAWLING, P., WICKER, P. & JONES, C., 2007. Core Topics In Operating Department Practice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • WAUGH A., GRANT, A., 2018. Ross and Wilson. Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Illness. 13th ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
  • WICKER, P., 2015. Perioperative Practice at a Glance. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.
  • WICKER, P. & O’NEIL, J., 2010. Caring for the Perioperative Patient. 2nd ed. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
  • WILLIAMS, T. & SMITH, B., 2008. Operating Department Practice A-Z. 2nd ed. London: Greenwich Medical.
  • WOODHEAD, K. & FUDGE, L., 2012. Manual of Perioperative Care: An Essential Guide. Chichester: Wiley.

Things to do before your course begins

Edge Hill University trains high quality Operating Department Practitioners who, on completion of the programme, are able to register and are ‘fit for purpose’ in terms of HCPC compliance. The BSc Pre-Registration Operating Department Practitioner programme is an approved Health and Care Professions Council education programme and on successful completion you will meet the professional standards required to be an ODP. The degree award enables registrants to apply to the HCPC and join a national register of ODPs.

Take a look at the regulatory body’s website; Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) This website will give you detailed information about the professional codes and standards that ODPs must adhere to.

The professional body for ODPs is the College of Operating Department Practitioners (CODP). The CODP website will give you further information on curriculum guidance together with examples of some of the broader aims of the wider work of the college itself. As a student Operating Department Practitioner you will be eligible to apply for student membership of the College

You may also find it useful to become familiar with the anatomy of the heart and lungs, and the musculoskeletal system as a minimum starting point.

Please spend some time before the course starts making yourself comfortable with basic numeracy. You should be able to add, subtract, multiply and divide without the use of a calculator. You should also have a basic working knowledge of fractions, and decimals. BBC bitesize, or Corbettmaths are both useful resources for this, and can both easily be found on you tube.

Important: Occupational Health

You will be allocated an Occupational Health appointment at a clinic being held on site in either our Ormskirk campus or St. James campus in Manchester. The clinics will be held within the first weeks of you starting the course (dates are yet to be finalised).

Please remember that it is a condition of entry to the programme that you’re cleared and immunised by OH. If you don’t meet this requirement your place on the programme could be jeopardised. It’s also important to remember that if you’re not fully cleared by OH, you won’t be able to fully enrol on your course. This could then mean you can’t access your maintenance loan via Student Finance England.

So, to make sure this goes as smoothly as possible, you’ll need to provide details of your immunisation record to the OH Team when you complete the questionnaire.

If you’re unable to attend your allocated time slot, you must contact us, preferably giving at least 24 hours notice.  If you’re unable to give 24 hours notice or have an issue on the day of your appointment, please email [email protected] or call the team on 01695 650946. The OH and School team will try to provide another appointment, but this is likely to be at the OH department based in Wigan and you will need to make sure that you attend.

Most of our placement settings will also require you to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as a condition of placement. If you’re not vaccinated or are part way through vaccination, please let us know as soon as possible. It’s likely that this will be included on your immunisation record which will be sufficient to confirm your clearance.

We routinely collect data on short notice cancellations and non-attendance. Unfortunately, if this happens more than once, the University will charge you the full cost of the appointment.

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