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Operating Department Practice BSc (Hons)


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A crucial role

The operating department is a crucial part of any hospital or healthcare setting and operating department practitioners (ODPs) play a critical role in helping patients prepare, undergo, and recover from surgery.  If you’d like to be part of this team, then this course is for you.

The course combines academic study and clinical practice, providing you with the opportunity to gain experience in a real world environment. You'll work as part of the operating theatre team, at one of our clinical allocation hospitals, experiencing the varied role of the ODP.

Why Operating Department Practice at LSBU?

Happy students – we’re No.1 London modern university in the UK for Satisfied overall with course in Health Professions (Guardian League Table 2019).
The course is accredited by the College of Operating Department Practitioners.
Thanks to our professional links, you can become a registered operating department practitioner, approved by the Health and Care Professions Council.
Take valuable work placements across a variety of clinical settings, such as NHS acute Trusts, community placements and the independent sector.
Our Operating Department Practice critical care laboratory is part of the great facilities available and has been carefully designed to reflect hospital acute care environments.
No.1 amongst London competitors for teaching, assessment & feedback in Allied Health (National Student Survey 2018).


Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
3 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus



This course combines academic study with clinical practice, so you’ll get the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in real work situations. You'll work in the operating theatre team at one of our clinical allocation hospitals to gain valuable hands-on experience. This course covers: the peri-operative environment, anatomy and physiology, inter-professional practice, post-anaesthesia care, emergency care, pharmacology and evidence-based practice.

Some compulsory skills sessions may take place in the evening.

Year 1

  • Basic anatomy and physiology for peri-operative practice
    This module will introduce you to anatomy and basic physiological principles.  It will introduce the concept of systems, and how the relationship of the different body systems contributes to homeostasis.  Functional anatomy of the respiratory and cardiovascular system will be covered in detail.  Anatomy, disease process and treatment modalities relevant to surgical procedures will also be covered for a number of systems.
  • Introduction to peri-operative practice skills
    This module provides some basic principles of peri-operative practice.  It is intended to be an introduction to the clinical area with a lot of emphasis on working safely within the Operating Theatre environment.  This module will enable you to develop an awareness of the key structures, policies and principles which govern the healthcare sector with particular relevance to the Operating Department. It will prepare you to better understand and appreciate the peri-operative environment.
  • Caring for individuals in the peri-operative environment
    This module will introduce the concept of individualised care of the surgical patient. You’ll be encouraged to consider the breadth of impact a surgical procedure may have on an individual’s life.  Ways in which practitioners may be able to alleviate or reduce such an impact, through improved understanding of cultural and social issues and development of interpersonal skills will be appreciated.
  • Understanding fundamental surgery practice
    During this module, you’ll undertake core aspects of the Operating Department Practitioner’s scrub and circulating activities, in a variety of clinical specialities. A series of University lectures and workplace tutorials will underpin the placement activity, and encourage you to identify and apply the theoretical basis to your practice.
  • Understanding fundamental anaesthetic practice
    During this module, you’ll undertake core aspects of the Operating Department Practitioner’s anaesthetic related activities, in a variety of clinical specialities. A series of University lectures and workplace tutorials will underpin the placement activity, and encourage you to identify and apply the theoretical basis to your practice.
  • Concepts of inter-professional and collaborative practice
    During this module you’ll be introduced to the place and value of inter-professional and collaborative working in health and social care delivery. The module aims to support the development of the necessary communication, personal, partnership working and reflective practice skills required to meet the needs of clients/carers and diverse populations who are at the centre of inter-professional health and social care delivery. You’ll work collaboratively online to explore and develop understanding of the purpose, scope and range of inter-professional and collaborative working.

Year 2

  • Developing Operating Department Practice skills – complex care needs
    This module provides the opportunity to apply knowledge of advanced altered physiological parameters, and more complex clinical conditions to the anaesthetic and surgical management of patients. You’ll develop basic skills attained in year 1, in order to be able to participate fully as a member of the multi-professional team in all areas of main theatre care. In particular, mandatory specialist areas of Trauma, Obstetrics (planned and emergency) and ENT/Maxillo facial will be covered. Completion of the module will be dependent on achieving specific competencies from the practice assessment document, including attainment of IPL specific competences.
  • Ambulatory care/ Day surgery practice skills
    This module focuses on the development of skills associated with the whole patient journey through day surgery / ambulatory care.  You’ll build on practice skills from year 1, developing skills and responsibilities in patient assessment, short stay  anaesthetic and surgical management, and an understanding of step down and discharge.
  • Applied anatomy and physiology for peri-operative practice
    This module will develop your knowledge of anatomical and physiological principle, exploring human anatomy and physiology in greater detail and building upon content studied in year 1.  Using a systems approach, it aims to broaden your understanding of renal physiology, Endocrine disorders, the nervous system and disease process.
  • Post anaesthesia care skills
    This module will develop your knowledge and practical skills pertaining to the unique needs of the patient in the immediate post-operative period. You’ll learn to identify potential or actual problems or complications which may occur whilst patients are recovering from general, regional or local anaesthesia.  The patients’ emotional and psychological needs will be considered in addition to physiological issues.
  • Scope of professional practice for Operating Department Practitioners
    This module gives the opportunity to consider and discuss the scope of practice for a qualified Operating Department Practitioner, and how this will develop with the profession.
  • Appraising evidence for research informed practice
    This module will extend your understanding of the concept of evidence based practice and research in practice. The module will equip you with the core skills and understanding to appraise evidence and assess its appropriateness to be implemented into practice. The steps in conducting research, main research methods, approaches to data analysis and presentation are explored.

Year 3

  • Preparation for practice – enhanced peri-operative skills
    This module recognises the need for all health care professionals to monitor and develop their skill sets in relation to service provision. During this module you’ll develop of a set of advanced peri-operative skills in both anaesthetic and surgery, in preparation for joining the multidisciplinary workforce as a skilled autonomous practitioner.
  • Peri-operative practice skills for paediatrics
    This module explores the issues of holistic care and individualised care for the paediatric surgical patient. In order to understand the specialist nature of paediatric care, the theory of specific specialist surgical and anaesthetic procedures and their associated equipment, combined with specialist equipment for paediatric care will be applied in a relevant paediatric clinical placement.
  • Pathophysiology and pharmacology for peri-operative practice
    This module aims to consolidate your understanding of human anatomy and physiology, as well as introduce the pharmacological principles of a range of drugs relevant to the peri-operative arena. Using the systems approach, it aims to facilitate a wider understanding of structural anatomy and the physiological principles that underpin daily human function, and how these are affected by a range of drugs.
  • Contemporary issues in peri-operative practice
    This module aims to prepare you to work in a changing environment and develop awareness of issues that impact on patients and professionals. Particular emphasis will be placed on the management of patients with complex needs or co-morbidities in the context of professional and technological developments, and changes in health care policy. It will enable critical evaluation of professional responsibility in relation to clinical, service and patient experience within the context of ethical frameworks and evidence-based practice.
  • Enhanced recovery and emergency care in theatres
    This module is designed to prepare you for the care of seriously ill peri-operative patients, and those whose clinical status deteriorates suddenly within the clinical environment. You’ll need to demonstrate the ability to think clearly in difficult circumstances, follow agreed national emergency protocols, and adopt safe practice in the management of a range of clinical emergencies.
  • Improving quality, change management and leadership
    This module is the final inter-professional learning module that will explore leadership, quality improvement and change within organisations from an inter-professional perspective. The module looks at a strategic, evidence based approach to change management in a range of environments. It will integrate the perspectives of service users and take an inter-professional approach.


When you finish the course, you’ll be eligible to apply for registration as an ODP with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This allows you to practice both within the UK and a range of other countries. In recent years, all students who qualified as operating department practitioners through LSBU have gained employment in theatre departments in UK hospitals. Day-to-day duties range from preparing the operating theatre and equipment, to providing the surgical team with items needed during an operation. After surgery, ODPs provide care and expertise to patients in recovery.

ODPs need to be well-organised, have effective communication skills, maintain composure and act calmly. They usually work shifts, which can mean evening and weekend work. Promotion routes include progressing to team leader or senior ODP. There are also opportunities in research, education, training and management.

In recent years, all students who qualified as operating department practitioners through LSBU have gained employment in theatre departments within UK hospitals.

If you graduate from this course, you will be able to apply for further study at postgraduate level as well as gaining additional specialist skills and expertise through continuing professional development frameworks. You can find out more about professional development courses on offer through our online CPPD prospectus.

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Jackie Kent

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer - Perioperative Practice

Jackie's particular areas of expertise within the perioperative field include anaesthetic care, management of the critically ill patient and acute physiological disorders and utilising  simulation facilities (such as "Sim-Man") to enhance understanding in these areas.

Chris Mahoney

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer - Perioperative Practice

Chris' specialist interests are in enhancing the understanding of psychosocial issues associated with patients undergoing surgical procedures. She is also involved in interprofessional healthcare teaching.

Daniel Rodger

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Lecturer, Perioperative Practice

Daniel’s areas of interest include teaching paediatric anaesthetic skills, health care ethics and the scope of professional practice. He has an MA in Ethics and enjoys reading and drinking tea.

Rebecca Sherwood

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Lecturer, Perioperative Practice

Rebecca is a lecturer in perioperative practice with particular interests in anaesthetic care and how simulation can be used to enhance student’s acquisition of both technical and non-technical skills.


Critical Care Laboratory

The Operating Department Practice (ODP) critical care laboratory has been carefully designed to reflect hospital acute care environments. At one end it resembles an operating theatre and at the other there is a recovery/intensive therapy unit.

The theatre has an operating table, theatre lights, anaesthetic machine with oxygen pipelines, patient monitoring, suction machine, resuscitation trolleys and the fully functioning SimMan equipment. There is also a scrub area, with sinks, gowns and gloves so students can get "scrubbed up" when taught to handle instruments.

There are various anatomical trainers and we can teach students about airway management and intubation as well as CPR. The operating table is used to teach patient positioning and patient anaesthetic scenarios are recreated using equipment and a mannequin.

  • Operating theatre facilities

    Operating theatre facilities

    LSBU's operating theatre and critical care skills laboratory gives Health and Social Care students a real simulator experience of nursing and operating department practice.

Teaching and learning

Percentage of time spent in different learning activities
Lectures and seminars Self-directed study Work-based placements
Year 1 15% 25% 60%
Year 2 13% 27% 60%
Year 3 11% 39% 50%

Personal tutor

As a Health and Social Care student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU.  The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University. They should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

You will have appointments with your tutor at least three times a year for up to 30 minutes throughout your course. You can contact your tutor for additional support by email.

Entry requirements

  • A Level BBC or;
  • BTEC National Diploma DMM or;
  • Access to HE qualifications in Nursing or similar with 15 Distinctions and 30 Merits or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 112 UCAS points
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths, Science and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).

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2019 entry

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
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UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £0
AOS/LSBU code: 4136Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £27750
International £0

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