Postgraduate study
Health & Social Care

PgDip Surgical Care Practitioner (Cardiothoracic Surgery)

Accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England, this programme provides you with the comprehensive knowledge, and practical and technical skills required for the role of a cardiothoracic surgical care practitioner.

Course information

Part-time

  • 2 years

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  • block delivery (five weeks in Year 1, three weeks in Year 2)
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176

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With the support of your consultant surgeon mentor, your clinical area and the University, you study four modules that provide you with the necessary theoretical knowledge and skills to meet the requirements of a surgical care practitioner in cardiothoracic surgery. You also show your commitment to the ethos of a professional life and responsibilities which include lifelong learning, reflective practice, self-knowledge and continuing professional development to function as a valued member of the cardiothoracic surgical team.

This course:

  • provides you with the detailed and comprehensive knowledge, and the operative and technical skills needed as a surgical care practitioner (SCP) in cardiothoracic surgery
  • develops your critical thinking and decision-making skills to practise autonomously within the guidelines of your surgical care practitioner role in cardiothoracic surgery
  • promotes the ethos of lifelong learning and continuing professional development to function as a valued member of the extended cardiothoracic surgical healthcare team
  • develops your research skills to search, retrieve, critically evaluate and synthesise the current evidence base underpinning cardiothoracic surgical care practice
  • develops you as a practitioner providing high-quality care throughout the patient's journey in cardiothoracic surgery based on sound clinical evidence and good judgement.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Modules

Year 1 core modules

Developing Core Surgical Care Practitioner Skills

This 20-credit, Level 7 module is specifically for students who are employed as trainee surgical care practitioners (SCP). It is delivered in the first year of the postgraduate diploma and helps develop the core knowledge and skills essential to the SCP role.

The module is delivered in programme study blocks over five individual weeks. The weeks are divided with two other modules which run concurrently during the first year. There is an emphasis on normal anatomy, physiology and altered pathophysiology using a systems approach. In addition, you develop core clinical and operative skills which underpin the SCP role. This comprehensive and critical understanding of the breadth and depth of knowledge is essential as a foundation in developing the SCP role.

We use a variety of teaching and learning strategies including lectures, skills workshops and case study presentations. Skills workshops provide an opportunity for formative feedback and peer review as you demonstrate your ability to synthesise and critically evaluate the module content evidenced through case study analysis in clinical situations. Summative assessment takes place at the end of the year and has three components – completing a portfolio of competencies, a written assignment and an objective-structured clinical examination.

Evidence-based Practice

You enhance your skills as a professional practicing evidence-based health and social care practitioner. This module also helps your transition to postgraduate study. You develop key skills that are transferable to subsequent modules, such as literature searching and using advanced critical appraisal skills as an integral part of decision making in health and social care. You also apply the principles of change management to affect how you use research in health and social care. We use a variety of approaches to teaching including learning sets, e-learning, formal lectures and seminars.

You are able to opt for a traditional taught approach or an open route that uses e-learning to deliver content – or a mix of both approaches according to your needs.

If you are an international student, you can discuss with the programme leader whether blended learning is appropriate.

 

Year 2 core modules

Cardiothoracic Surgical Care Practitioner Skills

This module helps develop your specialist knowledge and skills essential in the cardiothoracic surgical care practitioner (SCP) role. This 40-credit, year-long, Level 7 module is specifically for students employed as trainee surgical care practitioners in cardiothoracic or qualified SCPs wishing to obtain an additional qualification in cardiothoracics. This is delivered as a specialist programme module in Year 2 of PgD Surgical Care Practitioner Cardiothoracic Surgery and can be accessed by qualified SCPs as a year-long UCPPD.

The theory aspect is delivered in three block weeks at the University, delivered at the start of each term with a fourth week scheduled in week 42 for you to complete your end-of-year assessments.

We help you develop your knowledge through lectures, seminars, high-fidelity simulation, skills workshops, peer review and direct supervision in the clinical area by your consultant surgeon mentor. You develop your knowledge in anatomy, physiology and altered pathophysiology. This module also helps develop your advanced clinical and operative skills.

Summative assessment takes place at the end of the year and has three components – completing a portfolio of competencies, a case study assignment and a 20-minute viva voce examination.

 

and one optional module

Modules offered may vary.

Where you study

The theory aspect of this module is delivered in three block weeks at the University at the start of each term. You also work with an identified consultant surgeon mentor in the field of cardiothoracic surgery.

How you learn

We use a variety of methods including practice-based competencies, a viva voce and written case studies.

How you are assessed

We use a variety of methods including practice-based competencies, a viva voce and written case studies.

Career opportunities

On completion you are qualified as an SCP in cardiothoracic surgery. The programme enables you to access a second specialist module independently or you can progress to complete an MSc.

Entry requirements

You must be currently registered as a nurse or allied health professional with a minimum of 18 months post registration. You should also be employed as a SCP trainee and able to provide evidence of Level 6 study (or equivalent).

Once you have received an offer of a place on the course you must provide evidence of support by a named consultant surgeon mentor and a named clinical manager.
You must also provide a sponsorship letter from your employer demonstrating:

  • financial support for you to undertake the Royal College of Surgeons basic surgical skills course within the first year of the programme (if you have already completed this please provide evidence with your application as this will not need to be repeated)
  • your employer's support for your release from practice for a maximum of 30 days in Year 1 and 20 days in Year 2.

Course information

Part-time

  • 2 years

More part-time details

  • block delivery (five weeks in Year 1, three weeks in Year 2)
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176

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