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Surgical Care Practice in Cardiothoracic Surgery HEA4163


This module is designed to develop the knowledge and practical skills of the Surgical Care Practitioner student in their specialist field and to assist the individual to achieve the RCS (2014) clinical competencies for cardiothoracic surgery. The module aims to develop and build on the core generic skills of working in surgical care, whilst concentrating on those specialist aspects of surgery, clinical examination, ward and clinical based patient care.

Module code:HEA4163
Module credits:20
Cost for new students:This module can only be studied as part of the MSc Surgical Care Practice. The full cost of the programme for the 2024/2025 academic year can be found on the programme page.

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Who is this module for?

This module can only be studied as part of the MSc Surgical Care Practice.

This module will be valuable to practitioners undertaking the MSc in Surgical Care Practice and who are employed in that role by Surgical Directorates

What are the key aims of the module?

A Surgical Care Practitioner is expected to have the ability to: elicit and record an accurate medical history, undertake clinical examinations, interpret diagnostic results and perform designated surgical operative procedures, which are crucial elements in delivering safe and effective treatment. It is, therefore, important that practitioners develop competence and that their employers have the confidence to delegate the autonomy to perform this role (DH, 2004). This module has, therefore, been designed in accordance with this strategic direction and provides practitioners with a formal process of knowledge and skills development that is recordable and measurable.
In addition, this module will provide a route to support student surgical care practitioners, to develop the necessary specialist specific knowledge and skills, so that they will be equipped to work clinically in more complex situations, performing all the above skills with greater autonomy, responsibility and clinical accountability (Council for Regulatory Health Care Excellence, 2009; Department of Health, 2010).

How will I study?

This module is normally studied mainly in practice.

What will I study?

Cardiac and pulmonary anatomy and physiology,
Conduit anatomy and physiology,
Pre-assessment risk and consent,
Ischaemic heart disease,
Valvular heart disease,
Heart failure,
Lung disease,
Lung cancer,
Principles of cardiopulmonary bypass,
Postoperative bleeding and tamponade,
Ventricular function and cardiac output,
Management of low output states as per national curriculum,
Management of the complications of cardiac surgery,
Imaging in cardiothoracic surgery,
Electrocardiograms and pacing,
Respiratory assessment,
Cardiac pharmacology,
Principles of cardiac anaesthesia,
Cardiothoracic surgery clinical/technical skills as per national curriculum,
Optional cardiothoracic clinical/technical skills as per national curriculum.

How will I be assessed?

Whilst undertaking their specialist work-based learning placement, the Surgical Care Practitioner student, will engage with regular formative case based discussions, be observed directly, whilst undertaking surgical procedures and engage in peer assessment whilst undertaking practice.
In addition, for the theoretical examination, guidance and practice papers will be given and reviewed during their university placement, prior to the summative examination date.

On successful completion you will:

Critically apply knowledge of normal and altered cardiothoracic surgery anatomy and pathophysiology to maintain high quality surgical patient care.
Critically apply clinical judgement, underpinning knowledge when undertaking, clinics, ward rounds, physical examinations and clinical investigations in relation to cardiothoracic surgery.
Practice at an advanced level undertaking physical examination, clinical investigations in relation to cardiothoracic surgery.
Critically apply clinical judgement, underpinning knowledge and practice in specific surgical procedures relating to cardiothoracic surgery.
Practice at an advanced, autonomous level, performing operative procedures required in their specialist practice.

Study dates and venues


Starts: Monday 9 September 2024

Session times:

  • Monday 9 September 2024, 10am-4pm
  • Wednesday 14 May 2025, 10am-4pm

How to apply

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.

Contact us

For further module information, please contact the Module Coordinator, Sally Stuart by email

Or you can contact the Medical School email on


This module can only be studied as part of: MSc Surgical Care Practice