Short courses
Health & Social Care

Enhancing Perioperative Practice

University Certificate in Professional Development:

This year-long award is delivered one day a week over 18 weeks. It is for registered operating department practitioners wishing to develop their knowledge and skills within their role.

Course information

Part-time

  • 18 weeks

More part-time details

  • Credits: 40, Level: Degree
  • Enrolment date: January and September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £1020

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This award develops your clinical decision-making skills with a clinical skills inventory leading towards developing complex clinical skills required in contemporary perioperative practice. The award content covers areas of anaesthetic, scrub and recovery practice to reflect the growing number of practitioners working across all three areas in the perioperative environment.

You study subjects that allow you to enhance your knowledge and skills to support effective clinical decision-making in the perioperative environment. You also develop the complex clinical skills required for contemporary perioperative practice. These include healthcare policy, legal and professional issues, clinical decision-making and selected anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology. Opportunities to develop clinical skills include male and female urinary catheterisation, intravenous cannulation, administration of intravenous drugs, airway management, the use of electrocautery, tissue retraction and skin preparation and draping.

How you learn

Learning and teaching in the University is delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars. Supervised and simulated practical activities take place in clinical skills labs including the operating department practice mock operating theatre where you have the opportunity to practice complex clinical skills with formative feedback from lecturers and peers.

You further develop you clinical skills in the practice environment by completing a clinical skills inventory. You have an initial meeting with your supervisor and lecturer (if required) with a supervisor handbook including guidelines of the responsibilities of you and your supervisor.

The University virtual learning environment provides you with access to module learning materials including links to appropriate resources to support learning. A number of online formative learning resources include interactive self-assessment quizzes with a place to communicate and share materials produced by the group.

How you are assessed

You must complete two summative assessments for this award. Assessment 1 is a 4,000-word written assignment when you critically reflect on your personal and professional development within your role. The assignment considers the role of the multi-skilled practitioner in relation to clinical decision-making and the holistic care of the patient.

Assessment 2 requires you to complete a clinical skills inventory. Using a combination of self-assessment and supported strategies, you identify areas for professional development and developing complex clinical skills. You keep a log of your clinical skills experience, SWOT analysis and develop learning contracts.

Career opportunities

Developing specialist knowledge will enhance your career progression.

Entry requirements

You must be registered as an operating department practitioner with the Health and Care Professions Council and be currently employed as an operating department practitioner within a perioperative environment. You need a reference from your line manager to indicate that you have the support to be able to negotiate time and access to a practice supervisor. You should be able to identify a supervisor appropriate to your level of development. You should provide evidence that you are able to study at Level 6.

Course information

Part-time

  • 18 weeks

More part-time details

  • Credits: 40, Level: Degree
  • Enrolment date: January and September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £1020

Contact details

Further information