Surgical Care Practice (MSc/PgDip)
The course is offered in full-time mode to Postgraduate Diploma stage, followed by an optional full-time year, or part-time over two years for students wishing to achieve the MSc award. Demonstrating clinical competence is a requirement in each of the first two years of the programme.
Modules include the following:
- Surgical Anatomy
- Professional Studies
- Clinical Effectiveness, research and evaluation
- Surgical Care Practitioners Skills (pre-, intra- and post-op)
- Research Methods in Health and Social Care
- Surgical Care Practice (pre-, intra- and post-op)
- Developing Surgical Roles
The modules enable students to gain theoretical and practical knowledge, and the practical skills in a series of study days held in the School of Healthcare Studies. The remainder of the students’ time is spent building upon this knowledge and developing skills through additional theoretical input and practical instruction in the clinical environment during clinical placement periods. Students who wish to achieve the MSc award undertake a dissertation on completion of the taught modules.
The course offers knowledge and expertise to explore the principles, theory, and practice of surgical care. The course prepares students for employment as Surgical Care Practitioners.
Who is this course aimed at?
Whilst primarily aimed qualified operating department practitioners (ODPs) and theatre nurses, the programme is open to all registered healthcare professionals who have current experience of appropriate surgical environments. This can include surgical wards and clinic settings.
Special features of this course
- The programme integrates theory and practice within the practical modules in both year 1 and year 2.
- The programme fully satisfies the requirements of the Department of Health for a Surgical Care Practice programme.