Teesside University

Teesside University

Surgical Care Practitioner (Cardiothoracic Surgery)

This programme provides students with the comprehensive knowledge, and practical and technical skills required for the role of a cardiothoracic surgical care practitioner. With the support of a consultant surgeon mentor, clinical area and the University, students study 4 modules that provide them with the necessary theoretical knowledge and skills to meet the requirements of a surgical care practitioner in cardiothoracic surgery. Students also show their commitment to the ethos of a professional life and responsibilities which include lifelong learning, reflective practice, self-knowledge and continuing professional development to function as a valued member of the cardiothoracic surgical team. This course: provides students with the detailed and comprehensive knowledge, and the operative and technical skills needed as a surgical care practitioner (SCP) in cardiothoracic surgery; develops critical thinking and decision-making skills to practise autonomously within the guidelines of the surgical care practitioner role in cardiothoracic surgery; promotes the ethos of lifelong learning and continuing professional development to function as a valued member of the extended cardiothoracic surgical healthcare team; develops research skills to search, retrieve, critically evaluate and synthesise the current evidence base underpinning cardiothoracic surgical care practice; develops the student as a practitioner providing high-quality care throughout the patient's journey in cardiothoracic surgery based on sound clinical evidence and good judgement.

Entry requirements

You must be currently registered as a nurse or allied health professional with a minimum of 18 months post registration. You should also be employed as a SCP trainee and able to provide evidence of Level 6 study (or equivalent). Once you have received an offer of a place on the course you must provide evidence of support by a named consultant surgeon mentor and a named clinical manager. You must also provide a sponsorship letter from your employer demonstrating: Financial support for you to undertake the Royal College of Surgeons basic surgical skills course within the first year of the programme (if you have already completed this please provide evidence with your application as this will not need to be repeated); Employer's support for your release from practice for a maximum of 30 days in Year 1 and 20 days in Year 2.

Course modules

Year 1 core modules: developing core surgical care practitioner skills; evidence-based practice. Year 2 core modules; cardiothoracic surgical care practitioner skills; plus 1 option module.

Assessment methods

A variety of assessment methods are used including practice-based competencies, a viva voce and written case studies.

Sponsorship information

Please note that due to current anticipated changes to NHS education and HE funding, information relating to funding will be updated on Teesside University website.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgDip Block-release September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Teesside University Middlesbrough TS1 3BA North East

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School of Health and Social Care
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