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 and effective care to patients. It's a structured programme, based on the current national guidance which was developed by the Perioperative Care Collaborative (PCC, 2018).
Our Surgical First Assistant level 6 module allows you, as a registered nurse or Operating Department Practitioner, to participate in assisting surgeons during operations.
We anticipate that you'll have a minimum of two years' post-registration operating theatre experience and be able to demonstrate current experience in the scrub role. This is to ensure that you come to the module with a good understanding of the role of a surgical first assistant.
As a surgical first assistant, you’ll be expected to demonstrate appropriate knowledge, skills and expertise to ensure a positive outcome for patients. This module will equip you to practice at a suitable level.
Once you've completed the course, you'll be in a position to make sure this role is used appropriately in your organization, reducing the risk to patients and staff and improving safety.
You will need the support of your manager, a mentor and clinical supervisor (consultant surgeon).
Whilst the taught sessions take place from late January to late July, the module runs over a period of 12 months and you will need support in the workplace from your manager, mentor and clinical supervisor for this period. This is to ensure that you are able to achieve the 100 hours minimum needed to meet the course requirements.
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.
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:
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.
For more information about fees, please enquire with our CPD Admissions Team. Call 01245 686868 or email email@example.com.
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.
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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