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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.
• 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.
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.
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
• nursing homes
• 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.
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
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.
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.
You apply for this course through UCAS.
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.
• written assignments • case studies • presentations • examinations • continuous assessment of skills in placement • practical clinical tests
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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.
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DipHE Operating Department Practice
'The ODP course is amazing because of how much time you get to spend on placement, compared to the amount of time you're required to attend university. As learning in the clinical environment is highly valuable and essential, you're in a much better position on completion of the course because of the experiences that you have gone though on placement.
'I am currently on placement at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield where I am working with the gynaecology and obstetrics team. This involves clinical based learning in surgery, anaesthetics and circulatory. I have been involved in everything from delivering emergency C-sections to full hysterectomys (removing the uterus).
'I think that having a clinical work placement is the most valuable learning that you can undertake as it backs up everything that you learn at University, and so you find yourself going 'OH I GET IT!' when you make the essential links between theory and practice.
'I think that Sheffield Hallam certainly has put a phenomenal amount of money both into their facilities and the quality of teaching that is provided, with tutors being complete professional experts in their fields. With the facilities it's important to recognise that they are for the students and so we can take complete advantage of them. We have access to and positively utilise them to facilitate our learning at Sheffield Hallam University.'
DipHE Operating Department Practice, first year
'I chose this course as I always wanted to work within a health, medicine or surgery area. So Operating Department Practice (ODP) was the perfect choice.
'Before coming to Sheffield Hallam I studied an access course at Sheffield College but I also have experience from when I served as a medic in the Air Force.
'The staff here are great and as we're a relatively small course of 60 it has a great atmosphere, not only to study but to make friends.
'The teaching and learning facilities at Sheffield Hallam University are brilliant. I feel I have learned a lot in such a short time I have been here.
'I would recommend Sheffield Hallam University to a friend as the variety of courses means there is plenty to choose from and the post graduation employment rate is great.
'The best things about Sheffield are there's plenty of accommodation, the adventure sports available, the number of student employers and of course the Peak District.
'I left a promising career in another area to come and study and I felt I was taking a huge risk. Now that I am here and studying and have met the course tutors I no longer feel I am taking a risk and feel I'm in good hands.'
DipHE Operating Department Practice, 2010 graduate
'I decided to train as an operating department practitioner (ODP) after coming across a description of the role on the NHS careers site. I was looking for a change in career at the time and this really appealed to me, I looked into it further and then applied.
'The course at Sheffield Hallam really helped prepare me for the role as a qualified practitioner. Academically the lectures provide a good grounding in the knowledge needed to carry out the job and clinical placement reinforces this and allows knowledge to be applied in the clinical environment as you learn it.
'I currently work as a theatre practitioner at York District Hospital. The role covers working on lists for elective surgery across several specialties and emergency surgery. It also includes work on ICU, maternity, attending resus, and responding to emergency calls across the hospital.
'I use the majority of the knowledge and skills gained through the course on a daily basis. There is probably only a really small part of the course that I haven’t used at some point since being qualified and that’s only because it relates to surgery/cases that I’ve not experienced yet.
'I enjoy being and ODP because of the variety the role offers, every day is different. When working in emergencies you never know what’s going to come through the door and you have to be prepared for everything. I love the challenge that this provides.
'I decided to come back to Sheffield Hallam for my post registration course because it offered what I wanted. I was living in London when I was looking at various universities and the courses they had on offer but nothing could match Sheffield Hallam. Unlike other universities Sheffield Hallam offered flexibility in their programme and subjects that I actually wanted to study further allowing me to tailor my programme to suit me, my working hours, and make it relevant to the job I was doing and what I might want to do in future. My experience at Sheffield Hallam in my pre registration training had been such a positive one it made it an easy decision to return.
'The support from tutors and facilities at Sheffield Hallam are the best I have experienced out of the courses I have done. The tutors have time for everyone and really work to help you achieve your best along the course.'
Mock operating theatre
Mock theatre at our Collegiate Campus gives students a hands-on experience as it would be in a real hospital.
Mock hospital ward
The mock hospital ward at our Collegiate Campus gives students a hands on experience as it would be in a real hospital.
A day in the life of an operating department practitioner
Our a day in the life of an operating department practitioner online resource provides you with a real insight into what being an ODP entails and lets you hear what our students have to say about the course. It features a mixture of video, image and text.
Together in the real world of health and social care
Our health and social care courses place a strong emphasis on interprofessional learning. This means that you train alongside practitioners from other health professions. So, depending on your course you could spend time working alongside
This gives you a fresh perspective on situations. And it also prepares you for the real world. Collaboration between health professionals is increasing as organisations try to provide a more integrated and effective service. At Sheffield Hallam we understand that by working together we can we give the best possible care.
Visit the Department of Allied Health Professions website to view profiles of the staff who teach in this subject area.