BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice

These pages will help you to prepare for your course with information and advice, suggested reading and your First Week induction timetable. You can expect to receive your teaching timetable for the rest of the academic year during First Week.

Your course

To read full details about your programme, including module descriptions, please view our course pages for BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice.

Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) are highly skilled practitioners who work in challenging, exciting and dynamic environments at the frontline of the National Health Service (NHS). The knowledge and skills that you require to ensure that patients are provided with the best possible care will be gained over 3 years. The wide scope of the role requires Operating Department Practitioners to have a broad knowledge and skill base in areas such as anatomy and physiology, illness and disease, clinical assessment and treatment therapies, legal and ethical issues, communication and teamwork. We have designed an exciting and innovative curriculum to enable you to gain these skills through lectures, seminars, group work, clinical skills simulation, directed study, and most importantly of all; practice placements.

Edge Hill University trains high quality Operating Department Practitioners who, on completion of the programme, are eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). 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

Perioperative Team

You will be taught, supported and guided by a team of highly motivated lecturers with experience and knowledge of the perioperative area and who are registered ODPs or nurses. Academic support is provided by module leaders and students are offered individual tutorials to support their assessment preparation. Extensive feedback on assessment is provided by module leaders to support students’ academic development, particularly in Year One.

All students are allocated a personal tutor at the start of their programme with the aim being to keep the same tutor throughout your three years of study. Your personal tutor will undertake individual interviews with you on a minimum of three occasions per year to discuss academic and clinical progression, and for pastoral support. These meetings will support you in your personal development planning and in the production of a portfolio of evidence to meet academic standards and practice competencies. You can also contact your personal tutor for support outside of the minimum occasions required and student communication is responded to as soon as possible.  You will be further supported in practice by Practice Education Lecturers (PEL’s).

In addition, you are supported in practice by a team of experienced Operating Department Practitioner Mentors/Practice Supervisors, Nurses Advanced and Senior Operating Department Practitioners, together with the placement link tutor from within the University’s Perioperative Studies Department.

The Ormskirk Perioperative team includes:

  • Paul Rawling – Programme Lead
  • Kevin Henshaw – Senior Lecturer
  • Cheryl Wayne-Kevan – Senior Lecturer
  • Penny Hipwell – Senior Lecturer
  • Jamie Macpherson – Lecturer
  • Sarah Brady – Lecturer
  • Denise Dutton – Practice Education Lecturer

The Manchester Perioperative team includes:

  • Denise Walker – Programme Lead
  • Dave Lawson – Senior Lecturer
  • Janet Micallef – Senior Lecturer
  • Sameera Naz-Thomas – Lecturer
  • Bhuvaneswari Bibleraaj – Senior Lecturer
  • Sandra Edwards – Lecturer
  • Fazeela Patel – Lecturer
  • Sally Stuart – Senior Lecturer


You will experience a great variety of clinical placements. Initially you will be placed at a base hospital however you will be required to move to a different hospital in order to gain a variety of clinical experiences and complete your training. Perioperative provision is a 24-hour activity and as such you may be required to attend clinical placements on a shift basis, including nights and weekends. Whilst your placements will be within either the Greater Manchester or the Cheshire and Merseyside region, they may be geographically dispersed and this will mean that you may be required to travel within the same region. E.g. within Manchester for Manchester based students.

You will spend approximately 50% of your time in clinical placement. You will be supported on a day-to-day basis primarily by a clinical skills facilitator (CSF) and a named mentor/practice supervisor. The CSF will co-ordinate your placement in terms of which clinical speciality you will be experiencing (anaesthetics, surgery or post-anaesthetic care). Ideally this will be aligned with the theoretical module that you are also undertaking. The CSF will also be the person that allocates you to a mentor/practice supervisor.

You will have more than one mentor/practice supervisor throughout programme dependent on which speciality you are placed in. Your mentor/practice supervisor will monitor you closely on a regular basis and will review your progress intermittently. They will teach and assess your clinical skills and underpinning knowledge and facilitate your development into a competent and knowledgeable professional. You will not always spend time with your mentor/practice supervisor but, you will always be supervised by a registered member of the perioperative team.

The clinical placement will be varied but will cover all aspects of perioperative practice, including anaesthetic care, surgery and post-anaesthetic care. You will be expected to function as part of a multi-professional team which will include doctors, nurses and health care assistants. You will also be expected to liaise and communicate with staff from other areas of the hospital including radiographers, perfusionists and pharmacists.

Ormskirk Campus Linked Clinical Placements

  • Alder Hey Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust
  • Fairfield Independent Hospital
  • Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Trust
  • Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust
  • Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust
  • St Helens and Knowsley NHS Trust
  • The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust
  • Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Spire Fylde Coast

Manchester Campus Linked Clinical Placements

  • BMI Hospitals
  • Royal Bolton Hospital MHS Foundation Trust
  • Leighton Hospital, Crewe (Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Macclesfield Hospital (East Cheshire NHS Trust)
  • Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • North Manchester General Hospital (Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust)
  • Royal Oldham Hospital (Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust)
  • Rochdale Infirmary (Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust)
  • Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
  • Stepping Hill Hospital (Stockport NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Trafford General Hospital (Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust
  • Wythenshawe Hospital (Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)

Suggested reading list

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 2015. Alexander’s Care of the Patient in Surgery. 15th ed. Elsevier Missouri.
  • AL-SHAIKH, B. & STACEY, B., 2013. Essentials of Anaesthetic Equipment. 5th ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
  • GRACE, P. & BORLEY, N., 2009. Surgery at a Glance. 4th 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.
  • 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.

Three Year Plan

Your Three Year Plan will give you an overview of your schedule for the next three years of your programme, including when you can expect to be engaged in campus-based theory learning and clinical placements. The Plan also indicates your scheduled assignments, exams, flexible study days and annual leave.

Your Three Year Plan will be available to download soon.

Induction Week timetable

Your Induction Week begins on Monday 27 April.

Starting university is an exciting time. Induction Week is all about settling in to your academic and social environment, meeting your tutors, making friends and generally finding your way around. As well as providing an introduction to your course, there will be opportunities to find out how to make best use of the Library and IT systems, and the full range of student support services available to you.

Your Faculty will organise your Induction Week programme for your course. Induction Week is a living and learning experience and comprises a series of activities to welcome you to the University and to introduce you to your academic life. Please note that Induction Week is compulsory for all students and the most important thing is that you participate fully and have a good time. You are required to attend all your course-based sessions, but which social activities you choose is up to you.

Your Induction Week timetable will be available to download soon.

Semester 1 timetable

Your Semester 1 timetable will be available to download soon.

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