Enhanced Surgical Skills – HEA4255


This module enables Surgical First Assistant (SFA) practitioners to learn specific basic surgical skills, such as superficial wound closure, knot tying, securing drains, direct diathermisation and wound infiltration.

To ensure SFA students to become competent and safe to practice enhanced surgical skills they are advised that this module will require employer support. The support required includes, formal permission and access to assessment provided by their theatre manager and clinical surgical team. This must be obtained prior to commencing the module. A suitable clinical supervisor/mentor will be allocated to each student; to foster opportunities to achieve clinical competence.

This level 7 enhanced surgical skills module is a theory/practice module in which the student will be expected to have access to a WI-FI, broadband internet ready computer/laptop and a suitable learning environment practice area. This can be discussed further with the module leader Dr. Bhuvaneswari Bibleraaj.

For applicants who don’t have an RSC BSS certificate the University runs these courses in August / September. The overall course fee will be £1400 in September 2022, if you already have the certificate the fee will be adjusted to £750.

Module code: HEA4255
Level: 7
Credits: 20
Cost: £1400

Who is this module for?

Enhanced surgical skills is a module suitable for practitioners who have successfully completed Part 1 Surgical First Assistant course. We will be providing Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) Basic Surgical Skills course as part of this course in August or September at Edge Hill University St. James, Manchester campus.

This part 2 will help the practitioners to progress to learn specific basic surgical skills such as superficial wound closure, knot tying, securing drains, direct diathermisation and wound infiltration with local anaesthetics.

What are the key aims of the programme?

This Enhanced Surgical Skills module aims to equip students with the appropriate knowledge and experience that will enable them to safely and competently carry out the advanced surgical skills. Whilst providing the practitioners with an understanding of their professional boundaries and legalities of the role.

How will I study?

This module is normally studied over one face to face session, five online session and one telephone/Skype/face to face tutorials sessions. The module overall takes 18 weeks.

What Will I Study?

  • Knowledge of the anatomy of skin and tissues.
  • Types of surgical needles and its use in different types of surgery.
  • Principles of suture materials and their use.
  • Knot tying such as simple, vertical and horizontal mattress, continuous etc.
  • Superficial wound closure; suturing, skin glue and skin clips.
  • Securing of drains.
  • Direct diathermisation.
  • Wound infiltration with local anaesthetic.
  • Legal, ethical and professional issues.
  • Anatomy and Physiology of wound healing.
  • Principles of wound drainage.

How will I be assessed?

  • Students will be assessed using a variety of methods but predominately through producing a clinical practice portfolio that includes a risk assessment, a clinical supervisor’s judgment on the student’s competence, and a logbook of the clinical hours and skills completed.
  • The students will be asked to complete 6 of each Direct Observational of Procedural Skills (DOPS) and Procedural Based Assessment (PBA).
  • To support successful completion of the module, the student should be exposed to and have achieved competence over a minimum of 50 clinical hours.
  • In addition, there is an academic assessment which consists of a 4000 word case study. Both parts of the assessment must be passed.

On successful completion you will:

Supplement your competencies creating a more comprehensive portfolio which will support you in your application for advanced SFA roles, whilst providing practitioners with an understanding of your professional boundaries and legalities of the role.

Study dates and venues

Venue: Manchester

Starts: Friday 9 September 2022

Session times:

As part of this module you will undertake a two-day basic surgical skills course. You will be notified nearer the time of which two-day course you will be on. Please keep the following dates free for the basic surgical skills course:

  • 10 September 2022, face to face
  • 11 September 2022, face to face
  • 1 October 2022, face to face
  • 2 October 2022, face to face
Study dates:
  • 9 September 2022, compulsory, face to face
  • 14 October 2022, online
  • 4 November 2022, online
  • 25 November 2022, online
  • 16 December 2022, online
  • 30 December 2022, online
  • 27 January 2023, assignment and portfolio submission

Further Information

Module availability varies from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. Places will be allocated on a first served basis. Due to the popularity of some modules it may be that the module is fully booked when your application is received. We will include your details on a waiting list and allocate you a place on the next available intake.

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

Students also need to download and complete the Theatre Manager Proposal Approval Form. This should be submitted with their application.

For further information on this module content please contact the Module leader, Dr. Bhuvana B Raaj email [email protected]

For any other queries, you can contact the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health on [email protected]


This module can be studied on a standalone basis as Continuous Professional Development (CPD).

  • BSc (Hons) Clinical and Professional Paramedic Practice.
  • BSc (Hons) Clinical and Professional Practice.