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Surgical Care Practice in the Maxillofacial Surgery HEA4168


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 maxillofacial 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:HEA4168
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 2023/2024 academic year is TBC.

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Who is this module for?

This module can only be undertaken if you have successfully completed either MSc or PG Dip in Surgical Care Practice in another specialty.

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?

Normal anatomy and physiology of head and neck regions,
Pathology of the jaws, mouth, head and neck,
Principles of aesthetic surgery including the elderly and post-traumatic injuries,
Principles of surgical management of the airway – tracheostomy,
Understanding pre and post-operative management of the maxillofacial patient,
Clinical investigation of the maxillofacial patient,
Management of the symptoms listed in the national curriculum,
Principles of the use of magnification for operating including Microvascular anastomosis nerve reconstruction,
Maxillofacial surgery clinical/technical skills as per the 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 maxillofacial 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 maxillofacial surgery.
Practice at an advanced level undertaking physical examination, clinical investigations in relation to maxillofacial surgery.
Critically apply clinical judgement, underpinning knowledge and practice in specific surgical procedures relating to maxillofacial surgery.
Practice at an advanced, autonomous level, performing operative procedures required in their specialist practice.

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, Bhuvana Bibleraaj by email

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