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.

Module Code: HEA4255
Level: 7
Credits: 20
Cost: £1,350 including Basic Surgical Skills course for August 2021 to July 2022

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

October 2021 – this module is full and closed to new applications. Details of future intakes will be added to this page as soon as possible.

Venue: Manchester

Starts: Fri 8th Oct 2021

Session Times:
  • Friday 8 October 2021, 9am-5pm, Classroom session
  • Friday 22 October 2021, Online
  • Friday 5 November 2021, Online
  • Friday 19 November 2021, Online
  • Friday 3 December 2021, Online
  • Friday 17 December 2021, Online
  • Friday 28 January 2022, Online
  • Study dates and times are subject to change.

    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.

    If you have any other queries about studying with us, please see the FAQs.

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