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DipHE Operating Department Practice

Two years full-time

UCAS code • B990

Location • Collegiate Campus
Subject area • Operating department practice

Subject to re-approval This course has just been updated and is due to be re–approved by the University to ensure it continues to meet the highest academic standards.

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2015 entry requirements

You must have some experience of delivering care in a professional or voluntary capacity and a reference from a current or recent employer or educational institution.

Normally five GCSEs at grade C or above, including a science, English language or literature and mathematics (or equivalent such as Level 2 adult literacy/numeracy or Key Skills Level 2 communication/application of number), plus one of the following

• 280 points with at least 160 points from 2 GCE/VCE full A levels or BTEC National qualifications. AS levels and general studies A levels do not count towards this score.

• an Access to HE Diploma for a QAA recognised Access to HE course in health studies, health science, nursing or another science- based course. Normally we require 15 credits at Level 2 and 45 at level 3 of which at least 15 credits should be graded at distinction level.

• other equivalent qualifications, including degrees in other subjects

We expect applicants to have visited and/or spoken to someone (such as a clinical placement co-ordinator) involved in the education and training of ODP students. This can usually be obtained by contacting any theatre department. We expect details of this and for you to show an understanding of the ODP role in your personal statement.

IELTS
If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 7.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Care experience
Before you apply for health courses, we require you to have gained some practical experience relating to your subject area. Download our applicant experience guidelines for information about the kinds of experience we expect you to have and the best places to gain it.

Examples of different settings include
• Hospital wards– on NHS or private hospitals
• outpatients departments
• accident and emergency
• hospices
• nursing homes
• clinics
• GP surgeries
• working with vulnerable adults
• caring for people with learning needs
• first responder for the Ambulance Service (contact the Ambulance Trust)
• voluntary aid societies dealing with care
• life guarding

Evidence of the experience gained, understanding of the profession and a genuine, reasoned commitment to studying a professional course must be explicit in your personal statement to be selected for interview.

Personal qualities
You must be able to demonstrate the following qualities
• good communication and interpersonal skills
• a caring personality
• ability to work well as part of a team

Skill requirements
As well as the entry requirements above, we normally expect you to have
• a caring personality
• a commitment to working with others
• good written and verbal communication skills
• initiative, reliability and responsibility
• the ability to study in a planned and organised way
• the ability to study independently
• good attention to detail
• good IT skills
• a realistic expectation of the course
• a knowledge of the operating departmental practice profession gained from discussions with an ODP, ODP mentor or clinical placement coordinator

Course enrolment – professional requirements
Before enrolling, you must fully declare during the admissions process any
• unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. For further information on convictions that must be declared see the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) website.
• disciplinary proceedings during paid or voluntary employment or educational establishments
• involvement with safeguarding proceedings, social services or related organisations

You also need to complete
• a DBS Enhanced Disclosure, and provide us with a copy of your DBS Enhanced Disclosure Certificate if requested. Enrolment also depends on the DBS check being deemed suitable for professional training.
• occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course and an approved programme of immunisation, as recommended by the Department of Health. Health screening and immunisation are provided by the University.

If your personal circumstances change in relation to any of the professional requirements – from when you apply to the end of your course – you must tell the Professional Issues Team immediately by calling 0114 225 3995 or 0114 225 5786.

Disability Support
If you are a disabled person or have a long term health condition, you are advised to read the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) booklet: A disabled persons guide to becoming a health professional.

We also strongly recommend that you tell us about your disability so that we can assess whether we can deliver the course in such a way that you can meet the HCPC standards of proficiency and take part without disadvantage. You can contact our University student support staff on 0114 225 3964 (voice and Minicom) to discuss any queries you may have.

This course is only open to home or EU assessed students.

Shortlisted applicants are invited to attend an interview event.

2014 entry requirements

You must have some experience of delivering care in a professional or voluntary capacity and a reference from a current or recent employer or educational institution.

Normally five GCSEs at grade C or above, including a science, English language or literature and mathematics (or equivalent ie Level 2 adult literacy/numeracy or Key Skills Level 2 communication/application of number), plus one of the following

• 280 points with at least 160 points from 2 GCE/VCE full A levels or BTEC National qualifications. AS levels and general studies A levels do not count towards this score.

 

How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

Fees – home and EU students

2014/15 academic year

If you are studying a course funded by the Department of Health you will not normally pay any fees yourself, as they will be paid for you by the Department of Health.

You may be eligible for an NHS bursary but you will not be eligible for the bursaries and scholarships described in the Sheffield Hallam University Bursary Scheme. For more information on NHS bursaries visit www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/Students/4002.aspx

For 2014 entry, membership of a professional body is included in the course fee.

The course fee may be subject to annual inflationary increase. Get further information on fees and funding here.

Assessment

• written assignments • case studies • presentations • examinations • continuous assessment of skills in placement • practical clinical tests

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Professional Recognition

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Graduates are eligible to apply to register with the HCPC and apply to become members of the College of Operating Department Practitioners. You must be registered with the HCPC in order to practise as an operating department practitioner in the UK.

College of Operating Department Practitioners
Health and Care Professions Council

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