Operating department practitioners

Welcome to the Sheffield Hallam University Operating Department Practitioners clinical placement site for mentors and students.

This site has been developed to provide information to guide the supervision, support and assessment of students whilst they are on clinical placements. It also gives information about mentorship and individuals in the University who you can contact if you require more information and/or support. We hope you find this site helpful.

We will appreciate your comments and suggestions, so please let us know what you think. If you have any views and opinions about this site or would like to contribute to it please contact Martin Reilly in the ODP team.

Covid-19 - Public Health England and Sheffield Hallam University advice

Please read the Health Education England Healthcare Learners Coronavirus Advice Guide, updated 25 November 2020, which outlines key information for all professions.

Follow this link to Public Health England and Sheffield Hallam University advice (DOCX, 35.9KB) in word format, including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). This document is also provided as a PDF here (PDF, 176.9KB).  This information complements communications shared directly with students on course  BlackBoard sites.

If you have symptoms of covid-19 (link to external website), or suspect that you may have covid-19, YOU MUST NOT ATTEND YOUR PLACEMENT.

If you attend your placement while you have symptoms of covid-19 you will put service users/ clients/ patients and staff at risk of covid-19 infection.  Please read the requirements for safe practice and avoiding harm to service users/ clients/ patients in the professional codes of conduct and ethics for your future profession:

Visit the NHS website for information about when and how to self-isolate (link to external website).

Updated guidance from Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and Health Education England

  • DHSC has updated its List of essential workers and those prioritised for testing (England only). This list makes it explicit that health and social care students on placement should be regarded as critical (essential) workers and be given the same priority access to Covid tests as other health and social care workers.
  • HEE Student Statement December 2020: The Government has confirmed that for the purpose of essential travel to clinical placement and in the event of any future need for accessing keyworker places, healthcare students on placement can self-declare as critical (essential) workers
  • The National Lockdown Government Guidance states that students who are undertaking training and study for subjects allied to medicine/health should return to face to face learning as planned - National lockdown: Stay at Home - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
  • The UK Government has confirmed access to schools or educational settings for children of critical (essential) workersEducation and Childcare during Coronavirus.

Updated guidance for People working in Healthcare about using the NHS Covid-19 App, provided by the NHS

The NHS has provided important guidance on using the NHS Covid-19 app. (PDF, 266.7KB)

Contacting the Operating Department Practice Team

If you need to contact a member of the Operating Department Practice Team, you can find email and telephone contact details here.

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