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Perioperative Practice (Professional Practice)

If you are a perioperative - or prospective perioperative - practitioner, this course will help to enhance your skills in all areas of the clinical environment. It is a contemporary programme that develops your practice and it delivered by experts in the field. Students come from a variety of clinical and professional backgrounds which also enhances your learning experience.

Studying with us in 2021/22

It is possible that the 2021/22 academic year may be affected by the ongoing disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Information about the arrangements the University has put in place for the 2021/22 academic year in response to Covid-19 and the emerging variants can be found here.


Should the impact of Covid-19 continue in subsequent years of your course, any additional and/or alternative arrangements put in place by the University in response will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, pandemic-related/health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

  • Level Top-Up Pathways
  • Study mode Part Time
  • Location City South
  • School School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • Faculty Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences

Overview

If you are a perioperative - or prospective perioperative - practitioner, this course will help to enhance your skills in all areas of the clinical environment. It is a contemporary programme that develops your practice and it delivered by experts in the field. Students come from a variety of clinical and professional backgrounds which also enhances your learning experience.

This course is open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

This course has been recently redesigned to ensure its currency and its continued application to practice. In addition to clinical skills emphasis is put upon leadership, management and communication to develop the leaders for tomorrow today. A wide variety of learning and teaching methods are used including group work which develops the ‘curiosity’ required for today’s professional practitioners.

Accredited By

Post Registration Education Provider of the Year Winner

  • SNTA winner

Why Choose Us?

  • Excellence of support for all students
  • Redesigned contemporary programme that meets the needs of the perioperative practitioner
  • Delivered by experts in the field of perioperative practice.

Fees & How to Apply

  • International students

Award:

Starting: Oct 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Part Time
  • TBC
  • £720 per 20 credit module

Award:

Starting: Oct 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Part Time
  • TBC
  • £720 per 20 credit module

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Entry requirements

Level 6 study

A BSc degree is awarded on completion of 300 credits of which at least 60 must be at Level 6 or above. At least 100 of these credits must be studied at BCU for the student to be eligible for a BCU award. Students who have a Dip.HE. or equivalent from BCU will need to complete 60 credits at Level 6 to gain their BSc.

Students who have a Dip HE or equivalent but do not have any previous BCU credits will need to complete at least 100 credits to gain a BSc award. These 100 credits can be achieved by completing five 20 credit modules at Level 6 or by completing three modules at Level 6 plus a 40 credit Level 5 portfolio module. The portfolio module is offered free of charge

Level 7 study

For entry into the Post Graduate Certificate students must have a relevant Bachelor’s degree or equivalent or a 60 credit Level 6 award in an appropriate subject area. Applicants with evidence of successfully completed Level 6 study within the preceding 2 years and a minimum of 5 years’ experience in the pathway speciality will also be considered. 

Students undertaking modules as standalone rather than as part of an award may do so regardless of number of previous credits as long as they are working in an appropriate area to achieve that module’s learning outcomes and have evidence of successfully completed Level 6 study.

Where appropriate students may be asked to provide a written pre-course assessment set by the subject pathway award leader for assessment in order to allow assessment of the students’ academic ability prior to commencing study.

In order to prevent duplication of study, a student that has previously completed a Level 6 pathway cannot access the equivalent pathway at Level 7.

A student who has completed the Level 6 version of a professional practice module (or similar module from a former programme or from another academic institution) within a preceding 5 year period cannot study the Level 7 version of that module.

EU/International students

IELTs of 6 with no element below 5.5.

Course structure 

You can choose to study this programme as a complete pathway award (full or part-time) or as a standalone module, dependent on your individual need and the needs of your organisation. All programmes offer a convenient part-time format to fit around home and work commitments

Pathway awards in Perioperative Practice can lead to:

  • Module only Professional Practice Level 6
  • Module only Professional Practice Level 7
  • BSc Professional Practice
  • BSc (Hons) Professional Practice 
  • Grad Cert Professional Practice 
  • PG Cert Professional Practice
  • PG Dip Professional Practice
  • MSc Professional Practice

How to apply

Complete the online application form via the link above, including the name of the pathway or module you are enrolling onto. 

Course in Depth

Degree (Level 6)

In order to complete this route a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 100 credits):

Year 1 Pathway Award – Exit Award: Grad Cert / BSc Professional Practice (Perioperative Practice)

This module is aimed at post-registration healthcare professionals that wish to build upon prior knowledge, skills and experience that have been acquired in practice previously and develop your knowledge of anaesthetic care. It will enable you as a health care practitioner to develop your role, skills and management of anaesthetic care to a level capable of delivering care to patients with complex needs that may be undergoing elective, non-scheduled or emergency procedures.

This module will relate to all other level 6 modules within the perioperative pathway programme in order gain transferable knowledge. This will enable you to identify and justify how your role impacts upon the safe and effective care of patients within all aspects of the perioperative environment.

This module is can also be taken as a standalone credit bearing course. View standalone module

The initiatives in health policy and the expansion of consumer choice demand that practitioners are suitably qualified to deliver care. This module will enable perioperative practitioners to continue to advance their skills in line with role redesign and will contribute to their continued professional development (HCPC 2014; NMC 2015). Contemporary issues in intraoperative practice will be explored together with their potential impact on clinical practice, enabling the practitioner to continue to deliver effective, safe care which meets patient’s expectations (DH 2010, DoH 2015).This module also embraces interprofessional learning, which reflects the delivery of care in the perioperative environment.

This module is can also be taken as a standalone credit bearing course. View standalone module

This module is aimed at post registration theatre practitioners who wish to develop their knowledge and ability to provide safe and effective care to patients in the post anaesthetic care setting. By undertaking this module, you will be introduced to the principles of safe and effective post-anaesthetic care supported by a contemporary evidence base. Following completion of both the theoretical and practice components, you will be able to effectively assess, plan, implement and evaluate patient care in the Post Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU) environment.

This module is can also be taken as a standalone credit bearing course. View standalone module

Year 2 Pathway Award (BSc Only) – Exit Award: BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Perioperative Practice)

This module is for all healthcare practitioners if you want to enhance your understanding of evidence based practice to help improve your patient/client/service-user care. The aims of the module are to develop both your understanding of the importance of best evidence in practice, and your ability to locate, evaluate, and use best evidence in developing aspects of practice.

Good reasons to study Evidence-Based Practice: Clinical practice does not remain static but changes frequently. As a healthcare practitioner you must be able to justify and rationalise your practice to ensure quality care is provide and maintained. To ensure best practice is sustained you, as a practitioner, need to understand the concepts of evidence based practice and how to apply these concepts to your area of practice.

This module is can also be taken as a standalone credit bearing course. View standalone module

This module is aimed at healthcare practitioners who wish to negotiate learning of a bespoke topic. Under the guidance of facilitators, you will be able to direct your learning and identify relevant learning opportunities that you feel enable you to learn more about a specific field of study.

The subject area within this module is student led with guidance and facilitation from designated academic and practice support. You will identify an area of study that you would like to critically review and evaluate and which promotes your clinical development. A significant proportion of the module is based around negotiation with academic and clinical facilitators to identify extended areas of study and opportunities that are possible to enhance your progression towards completion of the study.

This module is can also be taken as a standalone credit bearing course. View standalone module

In order to complete this route a student must successfully complete at least 20 credits from the List of Additional Optional Modules* for Year 2.

*Any appropriate module (relevant to Pathway / Speciality) from University / Faculty portfolio as agreed with the Pathway Leader.

Postgraduate (Level 7)

In order to complete this route a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 100 credits):

Year 1 Pathway Award – Exit Award: PG Cert Professional Practice (Perioperative Practice)

This module is aimed at predominately graduate, post-registration healthcare professionals that wish to build upon prior knowledge, skills and experience that have been acquired in practice previously and develop your knowledge of enhancing anaesthetic care. It will enable you as a health care practitioner to develop your role and clinical skills as well as your ability to prioritise anaesthetic care to a level capable of delivering care to the complex deteriorating patient that may be undergoing elective, non-scheduled or emergency procedures.

This module is can also be taken as a standalone credit bearing course. View standalone module

The initiatives in health policy and the expansion of consumer choice demand that practitioners are suitably qualified to deliver care. This module will enable predominantly graduate perioperative practitioners to continue to advance their skills in line with role redesign and will contribute to their continued professional development (HCPC 2014; NMC 2015). Contemporary issues in intraoperative practice will be explored together with their potential impact on clinical practice, enabling the practitioner to continue to deliver effective, safe care which meets patient’s expectations (DH 2010, DoH 2015).This module also embraces interprofessional learning, which reflects the delivery of care in the perioperative environment.

This module is can also be taken as a standalone credit bearing course. View standalone module

This module is aimed at predominately graduate post registration theatre practitioners who wish to develop their knowledge and ability to provide safe and effective care to patients in the post anaesthetic care setting. By undertaking this module, you will be introduced to the principles of safe and effective post-anaesthetic care supported by a contemporary evidence base. Following successful completion of the module, you will be able to effectively assess, plan, implement and evaluate patient care in the Post Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU) environment.

During the module you will be enabled to utilise your previous academic experience and develop your ability to engage in Level 7 study, with the aim of developing a deep and detailed knowledge of postanaesthetic care and use this to promote safe, effective and evidence based care. You are expected to continue to advance your decision making skills allowing you to plan and manage appropriate interventions for diverse patient groups with complex needs. Interdisciplinary team work and human factor considerations are considered throughout to advance your clinical awareness and enhance your clinical leadership skills. There is a consistent focus on professional and ethical responsibilities and the standards stipulated by our professional bodies throughout.

This module is can also be taken as a standalone credit bearing course. View standalone module

Year 2 Pathway Award - Exit Award: PG Dip Professional Practice (Perioperative Practice)

This module specifically addresses the broader programme aims related to “pursuing excellence” and “practice-led, knowledge applied” through a flexible provision that encourages students to develop their research ideas, enabling those on various Health MSc programmes to satisfy their individual learning needs, whilst contributing to their area of study.

This module is can also be taken as a standalone credit bearing course. View standalone module

This module explicitly addresses students’ personal and/or professional development with a view to enhancing competence for service improvement in a rapidly changing health and healthcare environment. Through a flexible provision, students are inspired to reflect critically upon their individual learning needs as well as their organisations’ practices, to appraise and apply concepts from the literature on leadership, to issues of relevance for their role, organisation and overall programme of study.

This module is can also be taken as a standalone credit bearing course. View standalone module

In order to complete this route a student must successfully complete at least 20 credits from the List of Additional Optional Modules* for Year 2.

*Any appropriate module (relevant to Pathway / Speciality) from University / Faculty portfolio as agreed with the Pathway Leader.

MSc

Year 3 Pathway Award – Exit Award: MSc Professional Practice (Perioperative Practice)

Option 1

In order to complete this route a student must successfully complete the following CORE module (totalling 60 credits):

This triple module forms the final bridge between the award of a Postgraduate Diploma and a Health MSc related to a named award. It provides the student with the opportunity to complete a piece of work around a chosen topic in order to demonstrate competence in the planning, execution, analysis and evaluation of a Research Project, a Systematic Review or Project Management. It involves 600 hours of study. The focus is on facilitating the student's independent, critical study in their academic discipline or area of professional practice. It will also serve those who wish to embark on Doctoral studies in the future.

Option 2

In order to complete this route a student must successfully complete the following CORE module (totalling 40 credits):

This double module provides the student with the opportunity to complete a piece of work around a chosen topic in order to demonstrate competence in the planning, execution, analysis and evaluation of a Research Project, a Systematic Review or Project Management. It involves 400 hours of study. The focus is on facilitating the student's independent, critical study in their academic discipline or area of professional practice. It will also serve those who wish to embark on Doctoral studies in the future.

In order to complete this route a student must also successfully complete at least 20 credits from ‘this list of additional optional modules* for Year 1 and Year 2.

*Any appropriate module (relevant to Pathway / Speciality) from University / Faculty portfolio as agreed with the Pathway Leader.

Degree (Level 6)

Pathway Level
Level 6 - Year 1
Modules completed 
Principles of Anaesthetic Care (LBR6557)
Managing Intraoperative Care (LBR6559)
Management and Care of the Patient in the Post Anaesthetic Care Unit (LBR6561)
Exit Awards
Grad Cert/BSc Professional Practice (Perioperative Practice)

Level 6 - Year 2 (BSc (Hons only)
Using Research Evidence in Practice (LBR6553)
Negotiated Study (LBR6547)
Optional Module
BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Perioperative Practice)

Postgraduate (Level 7)

Pathway Level
Level 7 - Year 1
Modules completed 
Principles of Anaesthetic Care (LBR7507)
Managing Intraoperative Care (LBR7509)
Management and Care of the Patient in the Post Anaesthetic Care Unit (LBR7511)
Exit Awards
PG Cert Professional Practice (Perioperative Practice)

Level 7 - Year 2
Research: Methods of Enquiry (LBR7339)
Leadership Skills and Project Management for Health (LBR7399)
Optional Module
PG Dip Professional Practice (Perioperative Practice)

Level 7 - Year 3
Research Dissertation
MSc Professional Practice (Perioperative Practice)
SNTA winner
Student Nursing Times Award Winner

Post Registration Education Provider of the Year

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Facilities and Staff

 

Our Facilities

Our School of Nursing and Midwifery is based at our City South campus in leafy Edgbaston.

We’ve spent £41million expanding our facilities at City South. These facilities offer hands-on practical experience, replicating the spaces you will come across in professional practice.

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that you learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. Alongside physical spaces such as a mock operating theatre and wards, we also make use of online and virtual technology, such as our virtual ward and virtual case creator.

See more of our skills facilities at City South

Centre for Skills and Simulation

The Centre for Skills and Simulation offers a range of different spaces which replicate situations that you will encounter in practice. These include hospital wards, an operating theatre and a home environment room.

Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. The hospital wards can be adapted from low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.

The home environment room is the perfect space for teaching communications skills and allows us to simulate a community setting for our students. It is particularly useful for mental health nurses, learning disability nurses and midwives.

Simulation Manikins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and simulation babies (SIM babies) which are anatomically correct manikins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills. The manikins contain software which replicates real symptoms, and can manipulate indicators such as blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM man can even ‘talk’ to the students as they are treating him, to add another dimension to learning.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building has two open-access IT Suites which offer PCs, printers, photocopiers and scanners. There is also an IT Helpdesk for quick and easy help with your computing or internet issues.

Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

In addition to desktop PCs, we also offer a laptop loan facility, allowing students to borrow a laptop for up to six hours while on campus.

Our staff

Paul Daly

Senior Lecturer

Paul previously taught at Birmingham City University as a Seconded and Visiting Lecturer.

Having been appointed as a Senior Lecturer in 2014, he now teaches on pre and post-registration Operating Department Practice (ODP), Nursing, Paramedic Science and Mentorship courses.

In addition to his role as lead for the post registration peri-operative pathway, he is the Module Leader for and teaches on a variety of pre and post-registration modules in all peri-operative specialities at levels 4-7. He also leads on hi-fidelity simulation, inter-professional education, and stakeholder engagement.

Paul’s healthcare career started 20 years ago and he qualified as an ODP in 1998.

Since then he has worked in a variety of Trusts specialising in Difficult Airway Rescue and Human Factors before moving into academia.

More about Paul

Enquiries

Course Enquiries

For any course enquiries please contact the Perioperative Practice Pathway Leader, Paul Daly on:

International Enquiries

If you are an international student please contact the international office for more information on entry requirements:

Professional Navigator

The Professional Practice Programme consists of a selection of modules that can be studied on their own or as part of an award. For help in deciding which modules to study or your outcome award please contact our Professional Navigators on navigator@bcu.ac.uk