Enhanced Surgical Skills for the Surgical First Assistant

Continuing Professional Development (short course)


12 weeks

Module code: MOD006154

Module level: 6

Module credits: 30 credits

Teaching Days, Thursdays, 10am – 4pm

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Please ensure you are applying for the correct course, as you cannot change your course after application.

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

Number of places: 12


There has been recognition that there is a need for Surgical First Assistants (SFAs) to develop their scope of practice in accordance with service requirements and policies as required by clinical practice.

Full description

Who should attend?

This module is suitable for any registered nurse or Operating Department Practitioner who has already undertaken ‘core’ SFA training.


1 November, 2018
15 November, 2018
22 November, 2018
6 December 2018
14 & 28 March 2019
4, 17, 18 and 26 April 2019
Plus Surgical Skills Day (date to be arranged)

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.

We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.

We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support or students through their learning.

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


Contact details

Susan Hall, Senior Lecturer in Surgical Care Practice
Tel: 01245 683119 or Email: susan.hall@anglia.ac.uk

CPD Admissions team
Tel: 01245 68 6868 or Email: admissionscpd@anglia.ac.uk

Entry requirements

If you wish to be considered for this module, you’ll have successfully completed the Surgical First Assistant Module and be regularly working as an SFA. Where students have not completed MOD001586 (Surgical First Assistant) they are required to provide evidence of having successfully completed level 6 Surgical First Assistant study plus evidence to demonstrate recent practice in the Surgical First Assistant role. Where there has been completion of other recognised SFA learning (example – the AfPP SFA Competency Toolkit) applications must be accompanied by evidence of recent practice in the Surgical First Assistant role.

You must be able to demonstrate that you have the support of your manager and that there are named individuals willing to support you as your mentor and clinical supervisor.

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