Operating Department Practice (Diploma)
2 years (Diploma) (Full-time) / n/a (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)
The School of Healthcare Studies is the leading provider of education and research for Allied Health Professionals in Wales, and one of the leading Schools in the United Kingdom.
The 2012 Times Good University Guide ranked the University as joint 4th in the UK for the quality of its healthcare programmes (‘Subjects Allied to Medicine’) on the basis of student satisfaction, entry standards and graduate prospects. Our students also rate their experience highly: overall student satisfaction with teaching was 90% in 2011, one of the highest scores in the University.
Validated by the Health Professions Council, the Diploma of HE in Operating Department Practice opens up exciting career opportunities in operating departments and other medical settings. The two-year programme, which can be converted into a full BSc via the completion of a third top-up year, combines University study with clinical placements working alongside practising professionals and with patients. Completion of the Diploma provides eligibility to apply for registration as an Operating Department Practitioner with the Health Professions Council.
The fees for students from the UK and European Union are paid by the Welsh Government - who commission around 22 trainee Operating Department Practitioners each year - and you will also be eligible for salary.The School also provides pre-registration programmes recognised by the UK Health Professions Council, in Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Diagnostic Radiography and Radiotherapy & Oncology. These professional strengths contribute to vibrant inter-disciplinary environment, with opportunities for shared learning and inter-professional education that are not available at many institutions.
A wide range of post registration and postgraduate programmes are also offered, supported by a rapidly developing research profile. Substantial investment is taking place to ensure that the facilities and staff - the environment within which you will be studying – are at the forefront of the expansion of knowledge and expertise in healthcare.
For anyone interested in the Certificate of HE in Assistant Radiographic Practice please go to our Direct Entry health Courses
|Duration||2 years (Diploma)|
|How to apply||www.cardiff.ac.uk/howtoapply|
|Typical places available||c.22 Home/EU Welsh Government funded places|
|Typical applications received||c.130|
|Scholarships & Bursaries||www.cardiff.ac.uk/scholarships|
|Typical A-level offer||CCC|
|Admissions Tutors||Mr Paul Hennessy|
|Tel Number||029 2068 7717|
Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) are registered health professionals, who have to work both autonomously and as skilled members of the inter-professional team. As part of your role you will ensure infection control and safety standards are met, monitor patients’ vital signs, manage patients’ pain, and be responsible for monitoring equipment and disposables used during surgery.
On qualifying, most ODPs are primarily based in the operating department but can also work in accident and emergency departments, intensive care units, maternity departments and as members of the cardiac arrest team.
Our Diploma programme is designed to prepare you for demanding clinical practice immediately upon qualification, and also to prepare you to continue your learning beyond registration and to promote continuous improvement in patient care. The programme runs for two years, during which you will gain theoretical and practical knowledge in 12 academic/clinical modules in a series of 22 study weeks within the School. The rest of the time is spent building on this knowledge and developing skills through additional theoretical input and practical instruction in the clinical environment during 13 placements.
The Diploma of Higher Education provides eligibility to apply for registration as an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP).
The course structure is as follows:
Year 1 will introduce you to the concepts and principles that underpin operating department practice. You will be guided to develop a questioning, reflective approach and to apply this approach in clinical practice. This year includes a total of 11 study blocks with the remainder of the time spent developing skills and knowledge within the clinical environment. You will study a total of 6 modules in year 1.
In this year you will develop many of the concepts and themes introduced in year 1. You will have the opportunity to build upon the knowledge and understanding previously gained, since all 6 modules in this year have direct links to the year 1 modules. You will be encouraged to take a greater responsibility for your own development, demonstrating a greater reflective approach compared to year 1, that will enable you to develop as an effective professional fully prepared for practice in the multi-disciplinary environment of the operating department. As with year 1 there are 11 study blocks with the remainder of the time spent in the clinical environment.
It has been long been acknowledged by the Department and the Operating Department Practice profession that the operating department is a complex environment with staff of different professions and support workers working together for the care of patients. This programme utilises the opportunities offered by the interprofessional clinical environment to enhance and develop your learning. You will work alongside medical, dental and nursing students, doctors, dentists (oral surgeons) and nurses, whilst also encountering a variety of other healthcare professionals and students including, for example, radiographers, physiotherapists and pharmacists, during clinical placements.
You will also fully participate in the School’s inter-professional activities, particularly during the Year 2 Professional Practice module. Assessment on placement will also be on a multi-professional basis and you can expect to be assessed by those most suited to the particular requirements of the assessment regardless of professional background. Further, you will have opportunity to participate in the ‘buddying’ system operated by the School of Medicine for medical students on placement.
Visit the Cardiff School of Healthcare Studies website for more information about modules and credits.
The School of Healthcare Studies has an international reputation for its education provision, rating strongly in formal audits of its programmes, as well as by the students themselves. The School has scored consistently highly in the National Student Survey, in 2011 scoring 88% for overall student satisfaction with teaching. Within the survey, areas relating to learning & assessment score strongly, particularly ‘Teaching on my course’ (87%), ‘Learning Resources’ (93%) and ‘Personal development’ (91%).
The 2012 Times Good University Guide ranked the University as joint 4th in the UK for the quality of its healthcare programmes (‘Subjects Allied to Medicine’) on the basis of student satisfaction, entry standards and graduate prospects.
All our programmes of study have been designed to be stimulating, flexible and relevant to the needs of a professional healthcare career. Great emphasis has been placed on the practical and clinical aspects of the programmes, all of which have been accredited by the relevant professional bodies.
A diverse range of learning and teaching methods are used throughout the Schools Programmes, reflecting the module content students’ developing knowledge and expertise. All modules have a formalised teaching and learning structure which will employ, for example, formal lectures, seminars, workshops, skills laboratories and case scenarios, as and when appropriate.
The modular structure also includes and embraces the teaching and learning opportunities available in the clinical environment, where you will spend at least 1,800 hours on placement. The acquisition of knowledge and skills through the practical experience in which you engage is key to the Cardiff Operating Department Practice Diploma.
As in the professional environment, a greater emphasis is being placed in working in a multi-disciplinary team, and opportunities for shared learning and inter-professional education – training alongside students from other disciplines – are increasingly embedded.
The School of Healthcare Studies has a wide range of information systems and facilities available to students, designed to support your learning and development. Our virtual learning environment is accessible on a variety of desktop and mobile devices, and ensures students have access to a variety of electronic resources from anywhere in the world. In addition, onsite dedicated computer labs, student study rooms, campus-wide WiFi networks, printing facilities and a brand-new Healthcare library are available year-round for students' use. Staff are also available onsite to assist students in getting configured and to provide support and advice.
The School of Healthcare Studies has recently implemented an unprecedented level of investment in new facilities and equipment, ensuring some of the best technology and modern facilities at your disposal throughout your career as a student. These include a dedicated Research Centre for Clinical Kinesiology with cutting-edge equipment, a completely refurbished radiographic imaging suite, a Virtual Environment Suite allowing for 3D simulations and brand-new dedicated occupational therapy and operating department suites, allowing for training and research in industry-standard environments reflecting real-world conditions.
The School of Healthcare Studies is committed to engagement within the
community, with programmes such as 'Physios supporting athletes across all
abilities', an all-Wales initiative that will give participants the chance
to feed into a world-class volunteer support service provision for all international
teams based in Wales prior to the 2012 Games in London, and establishing
a legacy network of support for sport in Wales well beyond 2012 (and which
is open to students across the School, not just those in Physiotherapy).
The School has also recently launched App Iechyd Da, a mobile app highlighting
the importance of the Welsh language within allied healthcare in Wales,
and providing information about a variety of Welsh language-specific initiatives
such as demographic trends, political directives, economic influences and
useful Welsh language communication guides. The app is freely available
to all via the Apple App Store. Further investment in engagement is planned
with the opening of a community children's play clinic as well as a physiotherapy
clinic, both open to the public.
A broad general education is required with preference given to applicants who have five GCSEs obtained in one sitting at grade C or above, to include English/Welsh language, mathematics and a science. Scottish, Irish and International applicants must offer equivalent GCSE qualifications.
In addition to the GCSE requirements applicants are expected to have achieved:
|Typical A-level Offer||
CCCGeneral Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship are not acceptable at GCE AS or A-level
|Typical WBQ Offer||Pass in the core plus CC from 2 A-levels to be achieved in one sitting|
|Typical Int Bacc Offer||24 points and at least one subject must be offered at Higher Level Grade 6. In addition, English, Science and Maths must be offered at Subsidiary or GCSE Level|
Access to Higher Education Diploma
Access to HE Diplomas must have a strong academic base rather than a practical skills base. Students who are pursuing a QAA (Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education) approved science based Access to HE Diploma e.g. Access to Health Science or Nursing/Healthcare will be considered on an individual basis. The certificate must be issued by the AVA (Authorised Validating Agency) containing the relevant information and recognised logo.
You will be required to attain a pass of 60 credits, to comprise a minimum of 45 credits at level 3 with 18 Level 3 credits at Distinction and 27 level 3 credits at Merit grade in relevant areas; this requirement is under continual review and would be at the discretion of the Admissions Tutor.
For more detailed entry requirements, please refer to our website.
Prospective students are encouraged to attend the annual Cardiff University Open Day. Details can be found via our website.
It is recommended that all prospective students visit the Department of Operating Department Practice prior to making their application. Visits must be pre-booked online. Click here to book a place.
Additional Requirements for Admission
All offers given by the School of Healthcare Studies will be conditional upon a satisfactory health check. A Health Declaration form will be sent to applicants when offers are made. Applicants who have decided to accept offers given by Cardiff University will be sent an 'Occupational Health Questionnaire' which they are required to complete and return to the University's Department of Occupational Health by 31st July in the year of entry.
Criminal Record Check
Admission is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) Section 4(2) (Exemption) Order 1975 and DHSS Circular HC (88)9 guidelines regarding child protection and criminal record checks. It is also considered important to ensure that an applicant’s attitudes and values are such that they can reasonably be admitted to the profession. All offers given to applicants will therefore, include a condition relating to a satisfactory criminal record check. This condition must be satisfied by 31st July in the year of entry. Applicants will be required to complete the University’s own Criminal Record Disclaimer form and also to complete the Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure process (at the “Enhanced” level). CRB application forms will be sent to all applicants who decide to accept Cardiff University's offer, in May/June of their year of entry.
Information on the Disclosure process can be found on the Criminal Records Bureau Website: www.disclosure.gov.uk
Enrolment on to the course cannot take place until a satisfactory disclosure has been received from the Criminal Records Bureau. Delay in returning the CRB form may also compromise an applicant's university accommodation options. Those who are known to be travelling overseas at the relevant time should endeavour to authorise another individual to deal with this correspondence on their behalf.
Detailed information will be given to successful applicants with letters offering places. Information on the Disclosure process can be found on the Criminal Records Bureau website: www.crb.gov.uk.
All information will be treated in absolute confidence and applicants with convictions to declare will be assessed as to their suitability for the programme to be studied.
The School of Healthcare Studies will consider resit applicants on an individual basis.
UCAS Personal Statement
The personal statement is an important part of the selection process and assessment of this may have implications on the conditions set for entry. Demonstrating that you are making an informed choice of career is vital in your personal statement.
Applications through UCAS from international students are welcomed. While the majority of applicants offer A-level subjects, some other international qualifications are acceptable.
Information on the acceptability of other international qualifications can be obtained by contacting the Undergraduate Admissions Office.
International applicants who have not been educated in the UK and for whom English is not their first language are required to offer an internationally recognised English Language qualification:
- IELTS - An average score of 7.0 or above (with no element below 6.5)
- TOEFL IBT - 100 with at least 90 in all skill areas
- TOEFL - A minimum score of 620 or equivalent (including test of spoken and written English)
A list of commonly accepted alternative entry qualifications and admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be read here.
We are committed to supporting the School's recent graduates in finding meaningful employment. Bespoke online and text message-based early warning systems have been established to highlight job postings, relevant courses that would strengthen CVs, advice on job applications and plenty of other useful information to help in the preparation of job applications, such as writing a personal statement and practice interview questions.
On qualifying, most ODPs are primarily based in the operating department but there may also be opportunities in accident and emergency departments, intensive care units, maternity departments and as members of the cardiac arrest team.
Our graduates have the third highest job prospects of the 72 institutions
in ‘Subjects Allied to Medicine’ in the Times Good University Guide 2012,
and within 12 months 100% of our 2011 graduates had found graduate employment
or gone on to further study. Employers included: NHS Trusts, private clinics,
community health services, local government social service departments plus
organisations such as Age Concern and the Cardiff Blues rugby team. Career
destinations included: occupational therapist, physiotherapist, diagnostic
radiographer, therapeutic radiographer and operating department practitioner.
Next intake: September each year
Name: SOHCS Admissions Office
Telephone: 029 2068 7740
Fax: 029 2068 7733