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Clinical Urology Skills: Flexible Cystoscopy HEA4260


The Flexible Cystoscopy module is delivered in partnership with Mersey and West Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, and it will equip the student with the necessary skills and techniques to undertake diagnostic and surveillance flexible cystoscopies in adults. The module uses the current British Association of Urological Nurses (BAUN) requirements for training and assessment, contextualised with a sound theoretical and practical knowledge base. The student will develop a sound knowledge base, underpinned by contemporary, evidence-based urology clinical practice. To acquire the skills to perform diagnostic and surveillance flexible cystoscopies, you will need to identify a designated clinical supervisor to work alongside.

For details of how to apply, please visit the apply page.

Module code:HEA4260
Module credits:20
Cost for new students:£1000 per module for 2024/25 academic year

If your tuition fee is being paid by a sponsor or you are a sponsor paying a student’s fee, you are required to send a copy of a purchase order to [email protected].

For further guidance please visit: Sponsored students – Edge Hill University

Who is this module for?

The module is designed for both Registered Adult Nurses and qualified Physician Associates who have ben identified by their senior clinicians as needing to perform flexible cystoscopies within their role.

What are the key aims of the module?

  • Demonstrate proficiency in undertaking flexible cystoscopy.
  • Critically appraise the assessment, care and management of the patient undergoing flexible cystoscopy, ensuring an evidence-based approach.
  • Critically reflect upon your role in working towards an increasing level of autonomous practice.

How will I study?

There will be three face to face study days at the Nightingale Education and Conference Centre at Whiston Hospital. Two will be at the beginning of the module and one towards the latter part of the module. This will allow for simulation of techniques as well as teaching sessions. You will also engage with further directed and independent study activities within the VLE on a weekly basis. A synchronous, online 2-hour group Collaborate session with the module team will be planned every 4 weeks and this will provide the opportunity for you to review your progress. You will develop flexible cystoscopy skills in your own workplace, having identified an appropriate Clinical Supervisor, normally a Consultant Urologist, who will be responsible for to completing the relevant competency documentation. Other senior staff may also be involved in your day to day supervision, training and practice, for example Urology Nurse Endoscopist or Urology Specialist Registrar. You will be assessed in accordance with the British Association of Urological Nurses (BAUN’s) current requirements for flexible cystoscopy skills and the module team will provide any support required in the supervisory process.

What will I study?

  • Anatomy and pathophysiology of the urinary system.
  • Infection control and decontamination principles.
  • Scope manipulation.
  • Pharmacology.
  • Consent.
  • Patient safety.
  • Confidentiality.
  • Autonomous Practice.
  • Recognition of normal and abnormal pathology & imaging.
  • Record keeping.
  • Patient education
  • Patient assessment.
  • Concepts of advanced practice skill acquisition
  • Evidence based practice.

How will I be assessed?

100% of clinical competencies:

  • Will include completion of the current Flexible Cystoscopy Performance Criteria Training and Assessment Logbook (British Association of Urological Nurses (BAUN))

On successful completion you will:

Be competent in performing diagnostic and surveillance cystoscopies independently.

Study dates and venues

Venue: Nightingale Education and Conference Centre, Whiston Hospital

Starts: Wednesday 8 May 2024

Session times:

  • Wednesday 8 May 2024 (in person)
  • Thursday 9 May 2024 (in person)
  • Tuesday 11 June 2024, 11.30am - 12.30pm (online)
  • Wednesday 10 July 2024 (in person)
  • Tuesday 18 September 2024, 11.30am - 12.30pm (online)

How to apply

For details of how to apply, please visit the apply page.

If you have any other queries about studying with us, please complete the online enquiry form.

Contact us

For further information please contact:

  • Eleri Phillips
    Urology Education Programme Lead
    Phone: 07867201429
    Email: [email protected]
  • Veronica Vernon
    Senior Lecturer, CPD Lead for Nursing and Midwifery
    Adult Nursing and Primary Care
    School of Nursing and Midwifery
    Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine
    Phone: 01695 657097
    Email: [email protected]
  • Pauline Causey
    Urology Academic Audit Support Worker
    Email: [email protected]