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.


4 October, 2018
18 October, 2018
1 November, 2018
15 November, 2018
22 November, 2018
6 December 2018
Plus Surgical Skills Day

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Medical Science, opened in 2014. Based on our riverside campus in Chelmsford and Young Street campus in Cambridge, we deliver innovative and clinically relevant teaching and research across three departments:

  • Allied Health
  • Medical Science and Public Health
  • School of Medicine

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


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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