Anglia Ruskin University

Anglia Ruskin University

Surgical Care Practice

The role of surgical care practitioner (or SCP) is a relatively new one, driven by the needs of hospitals and healthcare providers. SCPs manage the clinical care of patients but also assist with technical and operative interventions, overlapping with some of the care that's traditionally offered by doctors. On our course students develop a range of procedural skills in the following areas under the direction of a consultant surgeon: Clinics; pre-operative assessment; arranging appropriate pre- and post-operative investigations as part of a multidisciplinary team; overseeing the consent process following guidelines from the general medical council (GMC) and local trust or healthcare provider; liaising with medical, theatre, ward and clerical staff; the world health organisation safe surgery checklist; preparing patients for surgery; surgical procedures in the operating theatre as part of a multidisciplinary team; operations, acting as 1st or 2nd assistant as directed by the supervising surgeon; performing some technical and operative procedures; helping to ensure continuity of patient care; daily ward rounds; writing operation notes and ward-round note taking; post-operative care; identifying acute deterioration of patients; providing support to on-call and emergency services; evaluating care; work with outpatients; involvement in the training of surgeons; research, development, education and audit within your surgical department; prescribing medicine to patients. Students may in some instances undertake additional qualifications.

Entry requirements

A degree from a UK university at a minimum of lower 2nd Class Honours or an academic or professional qualification which is equivalent in breadth and depth to a UK honours degree. Applicants should be registered as healthcare professionals, employed as part of a surgical team within a hospital environment with at least 18 months post registration experience. Applicants whose 1st language is not English and whose professional qualification was not taught and assessed in English are required to demonstrate IELTS: 6.5 (including written English academic test) prior to commencement on a course.

Course modules

Year 1 (Core): Introduction to the surgical care practitioner role; advanced skills in clinical assessment; research studies. Year 2 (Core): Surgical care practitioner skills; major project.

Assessment methods

We assess students' progress in a number of ways including essays, objective structured clinical examinations (OSCE), viva voce, case studies, a research proposal, research papers or extended literature review and practice competencies.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 4,600 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 4,600 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 4,600 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 4,600 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MSc Part-time January 2017 GBP 4,600 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Part-time January 2017 GBP 4,600 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Part-time January 2017 GBP 4,600 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time January 2017 GBP 4,600 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
PgCert Part-time September 2016 - 2 years
PgCert Part-time January 2017 - 2 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 - 2 years
PgDip Part-time January 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Chelmsford Campus Chelmsford CM1 1SQ South East

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