Management of the Patient in Anaesthetic Settings HEA3183


This module has been developed in order to facilitate the development of knowledge, skills and underlying principles of safe and effective anaesthetic practice. It is designed to be inter-professional and is directed at practitioners working in the perioperative area participating in anaesthetic care. Module content is selected and designed to meet the knowledge and skills required to practice anaesthetic care across a broad range of surgical specialties.

Module code: HEA3183
Level: 6
Credits: 30
Cost: £1170

Who is this module for?

There are two specific groups of students who would access this module:

  • The newly qualified nurse who needs to build on their skill and evidence base to underpin practice;
  • The qualified practitioner who although has a breadth of practical experience has limited academic qualification or specific experience to support their practice.

Students must be registered with their respective professional bodies (NMC/HCPC). It is necessary for the student to be working in a clinical area that allows them to meet the learning outcomes. This module has a requirement that the student be assessed in practice. The practice assessment is derived from NHS for Scotland (2013) core competences. To demonstrate achievement of these competencies the student will require an allocation to an anaesthetic area (or areas) that encompass all the practice within the competencies. He/she must also be supervised by a mentor holding an anaesthetic qualification for the duration of the module. It should be stipulated that the clinical skills element (50%) within this course is 'competency based' rather than being based on a 'minimum' number of practice hours. Some Learners will have transferable skills which can be used to achieve the overall competencies while others will find some of the clinical skills required to be novel and may need to spend more time achieving them. Employers are strongly advised to facilitate Clinical Learning by enabling Learners to spend as much time as possible in Anaesthetic Practice' in order to meet these skills.

What are the key aims of the programme?

  • The overarching rationale for this module is to develop safe, competent and confident practitioners who can underpin their anaesthetic care with appropriate evidence.
  • The perioperative area continues to require practitioners to work across disciplines and obtain new skills in specialist areas. Anaesthetic Care is a specialist area in which highly dependent patients require competent skilled practitioners. There is therefore a sustained need for skilled and educated practitioners within anaesthetic care.
  • Practitioners accessing this module will normally have begun to develop reflective, analysis and ICT skills. This module will develop these skills to facilitate enquiry-based approaches thus engendering independent learning skills applied to anaesthetic care. Candidates will need to consider that the written element of the final assessment requires the ability to write at academic Level 6 (degree level) to successfully complete the programme. Academic support is available throughout but there is a strong emphasis on independent learning overall.

How will I study?

This module is normally studied over 11 sessions, one half day session per week over two semesters. The module overall takes 36 weeks.

What Will I Study?

  • Principles of anaesthetic care practice: preparation for anaesthetic care;
  • Preparation for anaesthesia;
  • Physiological parameters and airway management;
  • Regional and local anaesthesia;
  • Homeostasis of respiration;
  • Extended surgical anaesthesia;
  • Paediatric anaesthesia;
  • Obstetric anaesthesia;
  • Reversal of anaesthesia;
  • Evaluating anaesthetic care;
  • Health, safety and risk:
  • Risk assessment;
  • Infection control;
  • Correct site surgery;
  • Patient positioning;
  • Law and ethics: consent;
  • Legal issues and accountability;
  • Specialist skills and role expectations: competency frameworks;
  • Specialist skills and core competencies;
  • Critical evaluation;
  • Care planning - opportunities and considerations;
  • Action planning - short, medium and long term objectives.

How will I be assessed?

A practice assessment, an evaluative report and a 3,000 word essay.

On successful completion you will:

  • Achieve and apply competencies within the anaesthetic care practitioner's role;
  • Critically examine a range of evidence to determine best practice in anaesthetic care practice;
  • Critically analyse an area of anaesthetic care practice appraising patient care and formulate an achievable action plan.

Study dates and venues

Venue: Manchester

Starts: Thursday 8 September 2022

Session times:


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 come 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.

For further information regarding module content, please contact the Module Coordinator Rebecca Newsam [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 stand alone basis. It is an optional module on the BSc (Hons) Clinical and Professional Perioperative Practice programme and on the BSc (Hons) Clinical and Professional Practice programme.