Surgical Care Practice MSc


In Chelmsford

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    2 Years

Postgraduate (2 years part-time)

If you're currently a trainee surgical care practitioner, working as part of a surgical team in a hospital and would like to develop your knowledge and skills, our part-time course in Chelmsford is for you. The Royal College of Surgeons' document, The Curriculum Framework for the Surgical Care Practitioner has been used as the blueprint for this course.

The role of surgical care practitioner (or SCP) is a relatively new one, driven by the needs of hospitals and healthcare providers. SCPs manage the clinical care of patients but also assist with technical and operative interventions - overlapping with some of the care that's traditionally offered by doctors.



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Chelmsford (Essex)
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Bishop Hall Lane, CM 1sS

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About this course

On our course you'll develop a range of procedural skills in the following areas under the direction of a consultant surgeon:
pre-operative assessment
arranging appropriate pre- and post-operative investigations as part of a multidisciplinary team
overseeing the consent process following guidelines from the General Medical Council (GMC) and local Trust or healthcare provider
liaising with medical, theatre, ward and clerical staff
the World Health Organization Safe Surgery checklist
preparing patients for surgery
surgical procedures in the operating theatre as part of a multidisciplinary team
operations, acting as first or second assistant as directed by the supervising surgeon
performing some technical and operative procedures
helping to ensure continuity of patient care
daily ward rounds
writing operation notes and ward-round note taking
post-operative care
identifying acute deterioration of patients
providing support to on-call and emergency services
evaluating care
work with outpatients
involvement in the training of surgeons
research, development, education and audit within your surgical department
prescribing medicine to patients.

By completing this course you'll achieve an MSc Surgical Care Practice, which leads to the title of Surgical Care Practitioner (SCP). SCPs work in surgical teams in a number of specialities, including urology, trauma and orthopaedics, cardiothoracic, plastic and reconstructive surgery, neurosurgery, paediatrics, general, vascular, maxillofacial, otorhinolaryngology and gynaecology.

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Course programme

Modules & assessmentCore modules
  • Introduction to the Surgical Care Practitioner RoleThe aim of this module is to develop registered nurses, operating department practitioners, allied health professionals and perioperative practitioners with the relevant knowledge and skills to take on the role of assisting the surgeon during an operation. This will be a structured and recognised programme based on the national curriculum developed by the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCSEng) to ensure that Surgical Care Practitioners (SCP) are competent and safe practitioners. It’ll provide the underpinning knowledge at the appropriate level to which they are practising. The SCP would be expected to have the same level of knowledge, skills and expertise as that of a medical practitioner, and would be judged with regard to the legal aspects of expanded practice, this module will therefore equip you to practise at this level. The module is delivered over two semesters allowing the SCP sufficient practice hours to gain the relevant knowledge and skills required. It’s a theory/practice module in which you’ll learn both in the classroom and in the practice area. Learning and teaching methods in the classroom will include a variety of methods such as lectures, seminars, group work, scenarios, skills workshops, simulation, etc. Learning and teaching in clinical practice will be under the supervision of a Consultant Surgeon or senior surgeon within your own area of surgery.
  • Advanced Skills in Clinical AssessmentAdvance your theoretical knowledge and practical skills to develop and integrate your existing experience with the concept of autonomous decision making and practice and ideas of health care in the 21st Century. Research has indicated that nurses and allied health professionals, with the appropriate education, support and development can deliver services in practice traditionally delivered by a doctor. In order to provide a service that meets the needs of patients, it is crucial that professionals have the advanced skills and knowledge required in delivering a service and leading and developing practice. To facilitate the development of these clinical skills, to receive patients with undiagnosed health needs and offer treatment or referral, the programme includes supervised practice by medical staff and/or by experienced, advanced practitioners. You’ll assess, manage and discharge/refer to a specialist team, patients, including children, with a range of undiagnosed minor and long term illnesses/diseases. Whilst many of the clinical skills of assessment and diagnosis are common to the assessment of both injuries and minor illness, the diagnostic processes will be very different. Minor illness is any condition which is self-limiting and does not prevent the patient from carrying out their normal functions for more than a short period of time. Clinical skills will therefore concentrate on an understanding of systems and patho-physiology
  • Surgical Care Practitioner SkillsBuild on the competencies gained whilst undertaking the ‘Introduction to the Surgical Care Practitioner Role’. It’ll facilitate your progress in meeting minimum requirements to practise as a Surgical Care Practitioner, by covering clinical development as recommended by the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCSEng) (2014): ‘The Curriculum Framework for the Surgical Care Practitioner’. For the purpose of this module, the Surgical Care Practitioner will practise both in and out of the operating room and will undertake specified surgical interventions, either under direct, indirect or proximal supervision (RCSEng 2014). In addition, the Surgical Care Practitioner will have a role in the pre and post-operative stages of the patient journey and will undertake or request others to undertake diagnostic procedures, with the aim of arriving at a definitive diagnosis. There will be two major themes for this module. Firstly, the content will address the knowledge and skills required for the safe care of a patient who is undergoing a surgical intervention as well as the techniques/ procedures involved (incision making, etc) in a surgical procedure. The other theme is the issues related to role expansion and multi-skilling. Within this theme, you’ll explore clinical governance and risk management and the influence that role expansion has on this.
  • Research StudiesDesigned to provide you with a critical overview of the main methodologies and designs applied to research within health and social care, professional practice, regulation and policy. It provides you with an opportunity to explore the theoretical dilemmas that underlie the process of inquiry and its relationship to practice. The module will provide a framework within which to select, evaluate and justify the research methods chosen for your research project.
  • Major ProjectThe major project is at the centre of the Masters award and allows you to demonstrate your creativity and apply the skills and concepts you have learned in the previous modules. It is the opportunity for you to carry out an in depth study in a specific area and to expand or redefine existing knowledge. In practical terms, you’ll be provided with a list of available research projects prior to the major project but will also have the opportunity to suggest your own projects. It is hoped that many of these projects will be carried out with either an industrial partner or a clinician. In the course of the project you may generate intellectual property, defined as an idea, invention or creation which can be protected by law from being copied by someone else

We'll asses your progress in a number of ways including essays, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE), viva voce, case studies, a research proposal, research papers or extended literature review and practice competencies.

Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change and availability.

Additional information

Teaching times: Trimester 2: Fridays 9am-5pm; Trimester 3: Wednesdays and Fridays 9am-5pm. First two weeks: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Course fees:UK & EU students, 2016/17 (year one) £4,600

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (year two) £3,550

Surgical Care Practice MSc

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