Post Anaesthetic Acute Care

Continuing Professional Development (short course)

Chelmsford, Cambridge

Module level: 6

Module credits: 30 credits

Delivered: over 10 sessions


As a healthcare professional, you need to be able to deliver safe standards of care during critical phases throughout the patient care pathway. The aim of this module is for you to work in acute areas and the post-anaesthetic care area.

Full description

Who should attend?

This course offers a unique mix of practical and academic study. It’s an ideal progression route whether you’re a qualified operating department practitioner (ODP) or nurse working in perioperative care and critical care areas.



29 May, 5 June, 12 June, 19 June, 26 June, 3 July, 10 July, 17 July, 24 July, 31 July (10am start – all Tuesdays)


31 May, 7 June, 14 June, 21 June, 28 June, 5 July, 12 July, 19 July, 26 July and 2 August (10 am start – all Thursdays)

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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Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Additional study information

Why study this course
You'll focus strongly on understanding the rationale behind post-operative and acute patient care management, and on evaluating and developing clinical practice. You'll develop your innovation, research and creativity to improve your own service delivery and be able to contribute to the emerging body of underpinning evidence in professional practice.

To act as advocate for patients in your clinical area, to ensure a patient-orientated approach to the delivery of care and to meet standards within the NHS Plan and other relevant national and local guidelines.

As part of your course you'll gain specialist vocational qualification including Immediate Life Support (ILS). This professional qualification is accredited by the Resuscitation Council (UK).

Outline content

  • Patient assessment (A to E approach)
  • Altered anatomy and physiology
  • Arterial blood gas analysis
  • Intermediate life support (ILS)
  • Shock
  • Basic cardiac rhythm recognition
  • Pain and pain scoring
  • Discharge criteria and managing patient transfers
  • Airway management
  • Fluid and electrolyte balance
  • Pharmacology and drug administration
  • Homeostasis
  • Communication
  • Multi-professional team working
  • Preparation for qualification and continuing professional development

Fees & funding

Course fees

30 Credits (Level 6)


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

Contact details

Anand Kannan (Module Leader)


CPD Admissions

Tel: 01245 686868


Entry requirements

If you wish to be considered for this module, you’ll have the appropriate professional qualifications or experience in a related field.

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