Management of the Patient in Anaesthetic Settings HEA3183


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

Module Code: HEA3183
Level: 6
Credits: 30
Cost: £1020 for Sept 2019 to July 2020

Who is this module for?

There are two specific groups of students who would access this module:

the newly qualified nurse 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. This module has a requirement that the student be assessed in practice. The practice assessment is derived from NHS for Scotland (2013) core competences. To demonstrate achievement of these competencies the student will require an allocation to an anaesthetic area (or areas) that encompass all the practice within the competencies. He/she must also be supervised by a mentor holding an anaesthetic qualification for the duration of the module.

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 anaesthetic care with appropriate evidence.

The operating department continues to require practitioners to work across disciplines and obtain new skills in specialist areas. Anaesthetic Care is a specialist area in which highly dependent patients require competent skilled practitioners. There is therefore a sustained need for skilled and educated practitioners within anaesthetic care.

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 anaesthetic care.

What will I study?

  • Principles of anaesthetic care practice: preparation for anaesthetic care; preparation for anaesthesia; physiological parameters and airway management; regional and local anaesthesia; homeostasis of respiration; extended surgical anaesthesia; paediatric anaesthesia; obstetric anaesthesia; reversal of anaesthesia; evaluating anaesthetic care;
  • Health, safety and risk: risk assessment; infection control; correct site surgery; patient positioning;
  • Law and ethics: consent; legal issues and accountability;
  • Specialist skills and role expectations: competency frameworks; specialist skills and core competencies; critical evaluation; care planning - opportunities and considerations; action planning - short, medium and long term objectives.

How will I be assessed?

A practice assessment, an evaluative report and a 3,000 word essay.

On successful completion you will:

  • Achieve and apply competencies within the anaesthetic care practitioner's role;
  • Critically examine a range of evidence to determine best practice in anaesthetic care practice;
  • Critically analyse an area of anaesthetic care practice appraising patient care and formulate an achievable action plan.

Study Dates and Venues

September 2019 S1 Manchester

Venue: Manchester

Starts: Thu 19th Sep 2019

Session Times:
  • Induction Day Thurs 19th Sep 2019, 9.30 am – 4.00pm, Attendance
  • 1st Session: Thurs 3rd Oct 2019, 9.30 am–12.30pm, Attendance or Online
  • 2nd Session: Thurs 17th Oct 2019, 9.30 am–12.30pm, Attendance or Online
  • 3rd Session: Thurs 31st Oct 2019, 9.30 am– 12.30pm, Attendance or Online
  • 4th Session: Thurs 14th Nov 2019, 9.30 am–12.30pm, Attendance or Online
  • 5th Session: Thurs 28th Nov 2019, 9.30 am–12.30pm, Attendance or Online
  • 6th Session: Thurs 12th Dec 2019, 9.30 am – 12.30pm, Attendance if possible, Clinical Skills Session
  • Practice Assignment submission : Mon 16th Dec 2019 , by 4pm
  • 7th Session: Thurs 23rd Jan 2020 9.30 am–12.30pm, Attendance or Online
  • 8th Session: Thurs 6th Feb 2020, 9.30 am – 12.30pm, Attendance or Online
  • 9th Session: Thurs 27th Feb 2020 9.30 am–12.30pm, Attendance or Online
  • 10th Session: Thurs 12th Mar 2020 9.30 am–12.30pm Attendance or Online
  • Assignment submission : Fri, 3rd April 2020 ,by 4pm
  • 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 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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This module can be studied on a stand alone basis. It is an optional module on the BSc (Hons) Clinical and Professional Perioperative Practice programme and on the BSc (Hons) Clinical and Professional Practice programme.