Module code: NUR1053

Module Overview

An introduction to the student of the skills that they will need to utilise in the practice setting relating to the evidence base of knowledge. It introduces the student to the practitioner’s role within the Anaesthetic phase of practice.  This module will also expose students to all aspects of the ODP clinical role. Its learning outcomes recognise progression from Level 4 theoretical learning to achieve the basic clinical standards required for a student to safely carry out the role of the ODP. 

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

BETTLES Simon (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits: 60

ECTS Credits: 30

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: B990

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Crosses academic years

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

The module will provide an introduction to clinical practice within a simulated area. In addition to exploring a set of skills in relation to basic life support, moving and handling, infection control, vital signs, first aid, communication and patient assessment the students will experience opportunities to work within an inter-professional environment identifying and developing a range of strategies required to practice as a health care practitioner within a range of clinical and care environment.

It focuses on the aspect of healthcare provided by the ODP in the Anaesthetic role allowing the development of the students’ knowledge to the application within the clinical setting. Specific exposure to various surgical specialities in surgery, circulating and anaesthetic roles. Good interdisciplinary communication and working within the multi-disciplinary team should be understood and demonstrated. There will also be a short placement to Hospital Sterile Supplies and Day Surgery. 

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Pass/Fail competencies PRACTICE PORTFOLIO Pass/Fail
Examination PHARMACOLOGY EXAMINATION (safe medicate) Pass/Fail

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate clinical skills and underpinning knowledge consistent with Year 1 practice; and is to be considered as part of an ongoing assessment process. An examination is designed to capture theoretical understanding of anaesthetics and pharmacology. Direct Observation of Practice (DOPs) are designed to capture key clinical competencies, while Clinical Evaluation Exercises (CEx) allow the student to demonstrate organising and co-ordination of an operating list in anaesthetics and surgery.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Clinical Examination (contents include basic anaesthetic and anaesthetic drug pharmacology)

  • Pharmacology examination (Medicines Management - AKA SafeMedicate)

  • The clinical exam must achieve a minimum of 40% pass mark. The SafeMedicate is a Pass/Fail assessment whereby the Pass is achieved if the student achieves 90% or more. 

  • Portfolio of Practice Evidence incorporating:

    • 16 Direct Observation of Practice

    • 2 Clinical Exercises

    • Direct clinical observation

    • Presentation of a portfolio

Formative assessment

  • Safe Medicate diagnostic test

  • Examination test exam

  • Multiple formalised 1-2-1 formative assessments with lead mentor at several key stages through the practice placement element of the module; designed to highlight and inform student of their practice and facilitate guided reflection.


  • Continuous feedback from mentors professional and academic colleagues

  • Formal formative feedback in 1-2-1 tutorials with lead practice mentor

Module aims

  • This module aims to:
    • Develop a range of clinical practice skills using simulation within the context of professional practice.
    • enable the student to understand the operating department practitioners’ role in the anaesthetic phase and focuses on the equipment and techniques used in anaesthesia. In addition, the student will be encouraged to explore a variety of approaches to the provision of skilled assistance in different clinical settings.
    • The module also enables the student to develop knowledge of pharmacological principles underlying the use of medicines in health care.
    • Develop the students professional practice skills and application of knowledge and understanding of the differing roles within the Operating Department.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 • Demonstrate ability in a range of clinical skills in a simulated environment utilising a range of health care equipment. KCPT
002 • Display team working and problem solving skills incorporating safe and effective professional communication; acknowledging the challenges and importance of inter-professional and interagency working. KCPT
003 • Identify the principles of risk assessment and the role it plays in effective and safe decision making. KCPT
004 • Explore how professional values, dignity and respect influence client interaction in accordance with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Code of Conduct, Performance and Ethics KCPT
005 • Discuss current legislation and policies which affect the practitioners work practice in the areas of including informed consent to surgical and anaesthetic interventions and the receipt, issue and storage of drugs with reference to the practitioners Code of Conduct KCPT
006 • Describe the properties and clinical application of a selected range of anaesthetic drugs and routes of administration KCPT
007 • Describe the different requirements for the administration of general, regional and local anaesthesia including airway management, epidural/spinal procedures, relevant anatomy and physiology, patient parameters, equipment, contraindications. KCPT
008 • Discuss the types, function and purpose of a range of anaesthetic and related equipment. KCPT
009 • To apply numeric formulas to pharmacological situations KCPT
010 • Receive and check patients into the perioperative environment providing relevant and appropriate information that the patient and practitioners can utilise. KCPT
011 • Participate as a member of the peri-operative team, across a number of surgical specialities, to include receiving, handling and dispatching clinical specimens. KCPT
012 • Demonstrate principles of infection control (standard precautions) KCPT
013 • Maintain a safe environment for patients and staff in accordance with relevant policies and risk management strategies in relation to health and safety, moving and handling, waste management, medical devices and the clinical environment. KCPT
014 • Participate in the negotiation and agreement of the perioperative care plan with the patient, and others as appropriate. KCPT
015 • Select, check and prepare an identified range of anaesthetic and associated equipment, in accordance with accepted national and local policies and guidelines KCPT
016 • Demonstrate an understanding of the uses and application of a range of patient monitoring equipment. KCPT
017 • Identify, check and select appropriate drugs used for the induction, maintenance and reversal of anaesthesia in accordance with local policy and national guidelines. KCPT
018 • Prepare sites for peripheral and central venous cannulation, epidural and spinal anaesthesia including the sterile field and demonstrate the management of infusion, transfusion and cannulation equipment. KCPT
019 • Demonstrate methods and equipment used in airway management, whilst ensuring that any signs of the patient airway being compromised is recognised promptly and appropriate action taken immediately. KCPT
020 • Communicate in an appropriate manner across a range of clinical and professional situations promoting and maintaining health, safety and security in the workplace. KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

The strategy is designed to achieve clinical competency in aspects of the ODP role, across a range of clinical specialities and settings.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Simulated practice learning, through small group workshops

  • Key lectures

  • Vignettes of patient scenarios

  • Case based scenarios

  • 1-2-1 mentorship support

  • Additional learning materials via the VLE

  • ​Variety of clinical placements

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for ODP CLINICAL PRACTICE MODULE 1 : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/nur1053

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.