Surgical First Assistant

Continuing Professional Development (short course)


Module code: MOD001586

Module level: 6

Module credits: 30 credits

This module runs over two trimesters.

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Please also complete a supplementary information form when applying for this course.

Number of places: 30


This module will give you the knowledge and skills to work as a surgical first assistant, providing non interventional assistance to surgeons during operations and delivering safe care to patients. It's a structured and programme, based on the national guidance developed by the Perioperative Care Collaborative (PCC, 2012).

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Full description

Who should attend?

This module is suitable for any registered nurse or operating department practitioner with two years' post-registration theatre experience who's able to demonstrate current experience in the scrub role.


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Chelmsford: 29 January 2018
Teaching days:
29 January 2018
12 February 2018
26 February 2018
12 March 2018
9 April 2018
23 April 2018
28 May 2018
11 June 2018
25 June 2018
9 July 2018

You will also spend a day at the ICENI Centre.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Medical Science, opened in 2014, is founded on the strong international reputation of our flagship Postgraduate Medical Institute. Based on our riverside campus in Chelmsford and Young Street campus in Cambridge, we deliver innovative and clinically relevant teaching and research across two departments:

  • Department of Allied and Public Health
  • Department of Medicine and Healthcare Science.

Thanks to our close relationships with the major clinical-care providers in the east of England, there are significant opportunities for collaboration and student placements across a variety of clinical sites.

We offer exciting opportunities for research and education in the allied health professions. We also translate science and epidemiology into health education and primary care, and deliver taught Master’s programmes to qualified medics. We have a flourishing community of PhD and MD(Res) students across all of our research fields.

Our advanced learning facilities include state-of-the-art clinical skills laboratories and simulation suites, which mirror real-life clinical situations. We also have a fantastic, modern library and a wide range of science labs and ICT suites.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

30 Credits (Level 6)


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For more information about fees, please enquire with our CPD Admissions Team. Call 01245 686868 or email

Contact details

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Susan Hall, Senior Lecturer in Surgical Care Practice

Tel: 01245 683119 or Email:

CPD Admissions team

Tel: 01245 686868 or Email:

Entry requirements

You will need to have relevant educational ability to study at university degree level therefore either hold a Diploma in Higher Education or equivalent learning.

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