Generic Surgical Care Practice Skills HEA4122


This module aims to equip the student with the knowledge, skills and understanding, to effectively care for surgical patients from admission to discharge. Being cognisant of the diverse and complex issues related to this role and their learning, the students are enabled to expand their professional boundaries by focussing on developing knowledge, skills and confidence, which will support their advanced clinical skills.
This module encompasses the generic skills required to care for surgical patients pre, peri- and post-operatively. These skills are generic to all surgical specialities and include for example; anatomy and physiology, ward rounds for pre and post-operative patients and identifying common post-operative problems such as haemorrhage, sepsis and shock and how to manage these issues.

Module Code: HEA4122
Level: 7
Credits: 20
Cost: This module can only be studied as part of the MSc Surgical Care Practice. The full cost of the programme for the 2019/2020 academic year is £9250.

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 programme?

The introduction of Surgical Care Practitioners within the surgical workforce has reduced the impact of changes to junior medical staff training and the European Working Time Directive. This has resulted in many practitioners with surgical backgrounds being trained to care for surgical patients pre-, peri- and post-operatively, supplementing medical staffing. This module will facilitate the management of common complications of surgery, applying knowledge of core physiology in caring for surgical patients. The students are expected to be critical reflectors, apply and evaluate clinical judgements underpinned by this module.

What will I study?

Anatomy and physiology;
Autonomous practice and team approach,
Ward rounds for pre and post-operative patients, including history taking, the consent process and discharge planning
Identifying common post-operative problems such as haemorrhage, sepsis and shock and how to manage these issues;
Interpretation of common blood results and tests;
Pain management;
Identification of referral to appropriate members of the MDT;
Wound management;
Health education for patients;
Principles of patient follow-up, use of appropriate post-operative management i.e. enhanced recovery protocols;
Fluid management and electrolyte imbalances and its relationship to surgical conditions;
Renal function and its impairment;
Understanding respiratory function and its control and impairment;
Understand cardiac function and its management;
Involvement in the consent process;
Identifying the appropriate post-operative environment for patients;
Diabetes management;
Drain management;
Nutritional support;
Knowledge of basic pharmacology.

How will I be assessed?

This module will be assessed through the production of an integrated portfolio, which combines consideration of the theoretical components with actual, practical, engagement, in their developing basic surgical skills. Opportunities for formative assessment, will occur naturally within the clinical environment, which will aid them in generating a portfolio. There will be problem-based scenarios (online tasks), for the students to discuss and present their findings/solutions to their peers. This should feed into the summative assessment. Students will also be expected to undertake an informal case study presentation to their peers and there is an expectation of peers' feedback to assist the case study outcome.

On successful completion you will:

Critically apply knowledge of core physiology in the safe management of pre and post-operative care of surgical patients.
Apply leadership in the identification and management of common, surgical postoperative complications.
Synthesise the findings from the history, examination and investigations, to formulate and document a treatment plan.
Critically review and evaluate clinical judgement and practice with regards to the principles of pre-, peri- and post-operative care of surgical patients

Study Dates and Venues

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.

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For further module information, please contact the Module Coordinator, Dr Bhuvana Bibleraaj on 01695 657 156 or email


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