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Operating Department Practice

These pages are designed to provide practitioners who support and assess operating department practice students with additional resources, to help you successfully supervise and assess students in the practice setting.

If there is any information that you think would be useful to add, please contact Lisa Wakeman, Course Leader at [email protected]

Reporting sickness and absence

It is the responsibility of learners to notify their placement if they are not able to attend. Learners must ensure that they formally notify the placement area, using the correct local procedures, if they're unable to attend placement for any reason.

Good practice is to call before the shift is due to start and learners should ensure that a that a record is kept of the name of the person spoken with and the date/time of the phone call. Learners must follow their placement provider's policies, and this may include calling in on each day they are not attending placement (unless they have a medical certificate which indicates they will be off sick for a period).

The learner then records their absence in the MyProgress ePAD.

Information to support practice documents

Cause for concern flowchart (PDF)

Action plans supporting the underachieving student (PDF)

Action plans to support students who are progressing well (PDF)