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Principles of Scrub and Circulating Practice HEA3099


This fifteen week module has been developed in order to facilitate the development of knowledge, skills and underlying principles of safe and effective scrub and circulating practice. It is designed to be inter-professional and is directed at practitioners working in the operating theatre participating in intra-operative care. Module content is selected and designed to meet the knowledge and skills required to provide intra-operative care across a broad range of surgical specialties.

Module code: HEA3099
Level: 6
Credits: 20
Cost: £780

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?

There are two specific groups of students who would access this module:
  • The newly qualified practitioner 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.

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 intra-operative care with appropriate evidence.
  • The operating department continues to require practitioners to work across disciplines and obtain new skills in specialist areas. Intra-operative care is a specialist area in which highly dependent patients require competent skilled practitioners.
  • 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 intraoperative care.

How will I study?

The module is normally delivered over 15 weeks with one Ormskirk based campus compulsory session and three optional face to face sessions. The rest of the module is delivered online with units being released every two weeks.

What Will I Study?

  • Principles of scrub and circulating practice.
  • Infection control.
  • Health, safety and risk assessment.
  • Law and ethics.
  • Exploration of the role and scope of the perioperative practitioner in the context of developing best practice thus delivering high quality individualised patient care.
  • Critical analysis of scrub and circulating practice leading to advancement of practice.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment required for successful completion:
  • Completion of 100% of online activities.
  • Practice Assessment - students will provide evidence demonstrating achievement of competencies that apply evidence-based knowledge to the skills developed. This will be assessed in practice by a qualified mentor. Students will be required to submit completed assessment documents and a portfolio of underpinning evidence.
  • A 2,500 word essay, or a 15 minute presentation with a 1,000 word supporting paper (100%) - students will select an area of intra-operative care, examine the available literature to determine best practice and use this as a basis to critically analyse patient care in order to form an achievable plan of action for improvement.

On successful completion you will:

1. Achieve and apply competencies within the scrub and circulating practitioner’s role. 2. Critically examine a range of evidence to determine best practice in scrub and circulating practice. 3. Critically analyse an area of scrub and circulating practice appraising care planning and formulate an achievable action plan.

Study dates and venues

Venue: Ormskirk Campus, Edge Hill University

Starts: Tuesday 6 September 2022

Session times:

  • Tuesday 6 September 2022, 9am-4pm, attendance
  • Tuesday 13 September 2022, 9am-4pm, online
  • Tuesday 20 September 2022, 9am-4pm, online
  • Tuesday 27 September 2022, 9am-4pm, online
  • Tuesday 4 October 2022, 9am-4pm, attendance
  • Tuesday 11 October 2022, 9am-4pm, online
  • Tuesday 18 October 2022, 9am-4pm, online
  • Tuesday 25 October 2022, 9am-4pm, attendance
  • Tuesday 1 November 2022, 9am-4pm, online
  • Tuesday 8 November 2022, 9am-4pm, online
  • Tuesday 15 November 2022, 9am-4pm, online
  • Tuesday 22 November 2022, 9am-4pm, attendance
  • Tuesday 29 November 2022, 9am-4pm, online
  • Tuesday 6 December 2022, 9am-4pm, online
  • Monday 12 December 2022, 4pm, submission date

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. This module runs once a year in September. For details of how to apply, please visit the apply page.For further information on module content, please contact Module Coordinator: Penny Hipwell on 01695 657291 or email [email protected]. For any other queries, you can contact the School of Allied Health, Social Work and Wellbeing on [email protected].


This module can be studied on a standalone basis. It is an optional module on the