Surgical Care Practice in General Surgery HEA4161


Covid-19 - Course Impact Statement

This module is designed to develop the knowledge and practical skills of the Surgical Care Practitioner student in their specialist field and to assist the individual to achieve the RCS (2014) clinical competencies for general surgery. The module aims to develop and build on the core generic skills of working in surgical care, whilst concentrating on those specialist aspects of surgery, clinical examination, ward and clinical based patient care.

Module Code: HEA4161
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 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?

A Surgical Care Practitioner is expected to have the ability to: elicit and record an accurate medical history; undertake clinical examinations; interpret diagnostic results and perform designated surgical operative procedures, which are crucial elements in delivering safe and effective treatment. It is, therefore, important that practitioners develop competence and that their employers have the confidence to delegate the autonomy to perform this role (DH, 2004). This module has, therefore, been designed in accordance with this strategic direction and provides practitioners with a formal process of knowledge and skills development that is recordable and measurable.
In addition, this module will provide a route to support student surgical care practitioners to develop the necessary specialist specific knowledge and skills, so that they will be equipped to work clinically in more complex situations, performing all the above skills with greater autonomy, responsibility and clinical accountability (Council for Regulatory Health Care Excellence, 2009; Department of Health, 2010).

How Will I Study?

This module is normally studied mainly in practice.

What will I study?

Normal anatomy and physiology of the abdominal cavity;
Pre and post-operative management of the general surgical patient;
Clinical investigations relating to general surgery ;
Management of a range of symptoms listed in the national curriculum;
Principles of the management of a range of conditions highlighted in the national curriculum;
Principles of relevant general surgical procedures;
Core general surgery skills e.g. incisions, wound closure;
Sub-speciality theoretical knowledge;
Sub-speciality clinical skills.

How will I be assessed?

Whilst undertaking their specialist work-based learning placement, the Surgical Care Practitioner student, will engage with regular formative case based discussions, be observed directly, whilst undertaking surgical procedures and engage in peer assessment whilst undertaking practice.
In addition, for the theoretical examination, guidance and practice papers will be given and reviewed during their university placement, prior to the summative exam date.

On successful completion you will:

Critically apply knowledge of normal and altered general surgery anatomy and patho-physiology to maintain high quality surgical patient care.
Critically apply clinical judgement, underpinning knowledge when undertaking, clinics, ward rounds, physical examinations and clinical investigations in relation to general surgery.
Practice at an advanced level undertaking physical examination, clinical investigations in relation to general surgery.
Critically apply clinical judgement, underpinning knowledge and practice in specific surgical procedures relating to general surgery.
Practice at an advanced, autonomous level, performing operative procedures required in their specialist practice.

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 only be studied as part of the