Perioperative Management of the Paediatric Patient HEA3249


Covid-19 - Course Impact Statement

This fifteen week module has been developed to enhance and develop knowledge and underlying principles of safe and effective practice in the perioperative environment. The module encompasses an overview of the knowledge and skill required to underpin practice when considering the management of the paediatric patient within a selected phase: anaesthetic, surgical and post anaesthetic care.
It is designed to be inter-professional and is directed at practitioners working in the perioperative environment.

Module content is selected and designed to provide a planned programme to facilitate students to develop and enhance knowledge that encourages the student to learn independently.
Every child is entitled to highly skilled treatment and care and the aim of this module is to enhance knowledge, skills and competencies to achieve optimal outcomes for the paediatric patient.

Module Code: HEA3249
Level: 6
Credits: 20
Cost: £680 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 practitioner 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.

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 perioperative care with the appropriate evidence.
  • To provide a planned programme to enhance and develop skills in the perioperative environment specific to paediatric care.
  • To consolidate new skills and knowledge and explore practical skills in an increasingly demanding environment.
  • To consolidate new skills and knowledge and use this to enhance analytical approaches, interpretation and synthesis of present and emerging knowledge and skill in order to enhance their practice.
  • 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.

How Will I Study?

The module is normally delivered over 15 weeks with 7 Ormskirk based face to face sessions. The rest of the module is delivered on-line.

What will I study?

  • Anatomical and Physiological Differences: Neonate, infant and child
  • Preparation Of The Child – Pre-operative Assessment
  • Principles and Management of the Paediatric Patient (anaesthesia, surgical and post-anaesthetic care
  • Pain Management
  • The Sick Child

How will I be assessed?

  • A 4000 word critical analysis based on the management of a paediatric patient from a selected range: Neonate, infant, child through negotiation with the module leader.
  • Students will examine the available literature to determine best practice and use this as a basis to critically reflect and analyse patient care in order to form an achievable plan of action for improvement.

On successful completion you will:

Address each of the following Learning Outcomes:

  • Critically examine the anatomical & physiological differences in the: neonate, infant & child in relation to the perioperative patient.
  • Critically analyse ONE of the specific paediatric patient groups (neonate, infant, child) during ONE of the following perioperative phases: anaesthetic phase, surgical phase, or post- anaesthetic care.
  • Using a range of evidence including national guidelines and clinical governance to determine best practice when caring for the paediatric patient, ensuring clinically effective, safe and standardised care.

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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This module can be studied on a standalone basis. It is an optional module on the following programmes: