Operating Department Practice

Operating department practice is physically and emotionally hard work. Practitioners need technical and practical skills, but also excellent communication and management ability. Working in a complex care environment, they play an invaluable role in helping patients through vulnerable times in their lives.

Our two-year diploma of higher education and three-year degree programme are designed to produce competent and dynamic operating department practitioners.

Combining clinical and academic excellence, we work hard to keep our courses up to date, dynamic and forward thinking, and work closely with NHS trusts to give students clinical experience vital to this role.

As a School, we are committed to offering students the highest quality of teaching and learning. They are taught by staff who still practise in theatre and keep their own skills as sharp as a scalpel.

With our Diploma of Higher Education Operating Department Practice scoring 100% overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2018, there is no better place to start your career in an operating department than at Bucks.

Take a look at our operating department practice courses

  • Our courses gives students the skills to play a valued role in the operating theatre. They gain real life experiences as well as the theory behind the perioperative environment and care delivery.
  • We use different teaching and assessment methods to help students succeed, including simulation sessions, lectures, seminars, group activities and student-centred approaches.
  • Our state-of-the-art simulation facilities won the Guardian University Awards for our innovation to enhance our healthcare students’ learning.
  • Students have access to some of the best equipment for developing their skills. Our ultra-modern, simulated operating theatre, equipped with the latest high fidelity simulation manikins, gives students the chance to learn in a safe environment before going on placement.
  • 100% of our graduates are in work or study six months after graduating* (*HESA Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2016.)

As clinical practice is a large part of the course, we work with many trusts to provide placements for our students. They get to gain experience in fully functional clinical settings.

While on placement, a clinical member of staff provides mentorship, supervises their experience, and assesses they are meeting the requirements of the course.

Our students are highly respected within the trusts and clinical areas in which they work. The main trusts we are working with include:

Just as in a real operating theatre, we encourage inter-professional working. Our students work in a wide variety of different environments with different professionals, honing the skills they will need for clinical practice.