Management of the Patient in the Recovery Setting HEA3184


This module has been developed in order to facilitate the development of knowledge, skills and underlying principles of safe and effective post-anaesthetic recovery practice. It is designed to be inter-professional and is directed at practitioners working in the post-anaesthetic care unit (PACU) participating in post-anaesthetic recovery care.

Module Code: HEA3184
Level: 6
Credits: 20
Cost: £680 for Sept 2019 to July 2020

Who is this module for?

This module is for the newly qualified practitioner who needs to build on their skill and evidence base to underpin practice, and the qualified practitioner who has a breadth of practical experience but limited academic qualification or specific experience to support their practice.

Students must be registered with their respective professional bodies (NMC/HCPC) and have the necessary prior educational and academic experience to achieve Level 6 learning outcomes. It is necessary for the student to be working in a clinical area that allows them to meet the learning outcomes.

The candidates must also have access to an internet ready computer for the duration of the module. This requirement will be checked through the admissions process to ensure the learner has internet access for the duration of the module.

Students should download the Practice Assessment Document and discuss the competencies with their practice educator to ensure that their workplace is able to support them prior to applying for this 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 post-anaesthetic recovery care with appropriate evidence.

The operating department continues to require practitioners to work across disciplines and obtain new skills in specialist areas. Post-anaesthetic recovery 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 post-anaesthetic recovery care.

The post anaesthetic recovery area plays a vital role in providing patient care which ensures maximum safety and comfort post operatively. Post-anaesthetic care remains an integral part of perioperative practice and is a unique and specialised field.

The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (2009, 2010) set out guidelines and recommendations for practitioners in relation to recovery room core skills, transferring of acutely ill patients and discharge criteria. This module aims to address those core recommendations and explore the principles and application of skills associated with practising within professional boundaries as a perioperative practitioner.

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 post-anaesthetic recovery care.

What will I study?

  • Principles of post-anaesthesia care
  • Health, safety and risk management
  • Leadership and management;
  • Clinical Governance.

How will I be assessed?

  • Practice Assessment is Pass/Fail. 100% of the grade awarded is on the coursework.
  • Course work has 2 options: 2. 15 minute presentation (50%) & a supporting paper of 1,500 words (50%)
  • Option 1. 3,000 word assignment, or
  • Option 2. 15 minute presentation (50%) & a supporting paper of 1,500 words (50%) If option 2 is chosen both parts have to be passed
  • On successful completion you will:

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

    Study Dates and Venues

    February 2020 S2

    Venue: Manchester

    Starts: Thu 13th Feb 2020

    Session Times:
    • Introduction : Thursday, 13th Feb 2020, 9.30am – 3.30 pm, Attendance
    • 1st Session: Thur, 12th Mar 2020, 9.30am – 3.30 pm, Attendance/Online
    • 2nd Session: Thur, 16th Apr 20, 9.30am – 3.30 pm, Attendance/Online
    • 3rd Session: Thur, 30th Apr 20, 9.30am – 3.30 pm ,Attendance/Online
    • Assignment Submission Deadline Via Turnitin: Monday, 18th May 2020, 4.00 pm.
  • Portfolio Submission Deadline by hand to Manchester Campus: Monday,11th June 2020, 4.00 pm.
  • 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