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Management and Care of the Patient in the Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit - 20 credits - Module

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These modules are 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 one of these modules, you will be introduced to the principles of safe and effective post-anaesthetic care supported by a contemporary evidence base....

  • Level CPD
  • Study mode Short Course
  • Location City South
  • School School of Health Sciences
  • Faculty Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences


These modules are 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 one of these modules, 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 course is not open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

During the module you will also develop your ability to reflect, critically analyse and use your findings to promote safe, effective and evidence-based care. You are expected to develop decision-making skills which will allow 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.

Why Choose Us?

We have a proven track record in supporting student development and ultimately optimising their performance. Our feedback demonstrates that students rate their BCU experience highly.

Studying with us during the Covid-19 pandemic

The University has put in place measures in response to Covid-19 to allow us to safely deliver our courses. Should the impact of the pandemic continue in future years, any additional or alternative arrangements put in place by the University will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

Fees & How to Apply

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UK students

Annual and modular tuition fees shown are applicable to the first year of study. The University reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years of study in line with increases in inflation (capped at 5%) or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament. View fees for continuing students.

Award: Module

Starting: Jan 2023

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Short Course
  • 3 months
  • £756 per 20-credit module

International students

Sorry, this course is not available to International students.

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.

How to apply

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

Course in Depth

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A blended learning approach is taken (incorporating both classroom and online activities via Moodle). You will be encouraged to think critically and share practice experiences with your fellow students, as well as engaging in both directed and self-directed learning activities. You’ll also receive regular feedback and feed forward aimed at developing your academic skills. 

Topics covered

This module will allow you to deliver excellent post anaesthetic care while working effectively with all other members of the multidisciplinary team, and will cover:

  • Clinical interventions and preparation.
  • Leadership Management and non- technical skills
  • Related anatomy and physiology
  • A comprehensive understanding of ethical and legal considerations will be fostered

Facilities & Staff

The creation of our new suite of courses in Sport and Life Sciences is yet another exciting development at Birmingham City University. The 10,500sq metre building at City South Campus will enable us to offer a wide range of new health, nutrition, biomedical science and sports courses, as well as providing a new home for our education programmes.

Not only are we investing £41 million in a new building to house the laboratories and teaching spaces needed, but we also plan to open up these facilities to benefit all students and the wider community. This will complement our existing sports facilities, which already provide a base for students to compete in activities ranging from rugby to jiu jitsu.

The courses will reflect the latest developments in our teaching and our focus on practice-led learning with work placements and live industry case studies incorporated into the curriculum. All courses have been co-designed with employers and are endorsed or accredited by professional bodies where appropriate.

By expanding our provision to these new areas, we will be helping to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing society today, such as obesity and unhealthy lifestyles, by encouraging and supporting healthy eating and greater physical activity.

In addition, we will be producing graduates who can support elite performers in meeting the UK’s ambitions for sporting success at events such as the Olympics and other world sporting tournaments. We are constantly looking to enhance the range of courses we offer - please check all our courses for the latest additions to our portfolio.

Simulation Mannequins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins 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.

Simulation Mannequins

SPACE skills practice model


SPACE is an innovative practice area all students can access to use equipment and resources to practise a wide range of skills in a safe, welcoming and supportive environment. It provides students with a creative learning environment to get the best educational experience before becoming a health care professional.


Learning Facilities

We offer up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across. These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice.

Learning Facilities

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Virtual Tour

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Virtual Tour

Doug Ellis Sports Centre

Our £8.5 million Doug Ellis Sports Centre boasts an 80-station fitness suite, an eight-court sports hall, and workout and spinning studios. The centre offers state-of-the-art fitness training equipment and plenty of room for team sports including five-a-side football and cricket. An all-weather pitch adds the finishing touches to the centre.

Visitors to the gym can choose a personalised fitness programme, instructed by qualified fitness trainers, and take advantage of a selection of classes, such as yoga, salsa or body combat.

Doug Ellis Sports Centre website

Our staff

Joanne Thomas

Senior Lecturer

Joanne's main focus is within teaching practice skills to students both pre and post reg. As an operating department practicioner she has many years’ experience within the intraoperative environment across a range of specialities including Hepatic, Renal, ENT and General as well as in anaesthetic and recovery as a team leader and theatre...

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Module Leader

If you have any queries about this course please contact the Module Leader, Kate O'Connor on: 

Professional Navigators

Our Professional Navigators, Adele Millington and Nicola Clarke, are also on hand to offer guidance and will help you to choose which modules are best for you, taking into account your aims, professional or clinical experience, KSF requirements and your academic achievements.

Call Adele and Nicola on +44 (0)121 331 6162.