Module code: HCRM017

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

TARRANT C Mrs (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits


ECTS Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment OSCE 100

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

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. This module is the first of two, both of which must be completed.

Module overview

This module has been developed in order to facilitate the development of knowledge, skills and underlying principles of safe and effective anaesthetic practice. It is designed to be inter-professional and is directed at practitioners working in the operating theatre participating in anaesthetic care. It enables them to develop the knowledge of pharmacological principles underlying the use of medicines in anaesthetic practice for a range of patient groups. Module content is selected and designed to meet the knowledge and skills required to practice anaesthetic care across a broad range of surgical specialties.

Module aims

This module aims to develop safe, competent and confident anaesthetic practitioners who can underpin their practice, in a range of clinical settings caring for clients across the lifespan with appropriate evidence

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Critically analyse the anatomical and physiological measurements associated with patients undergoing anaesthesia and evaluate the outcomes KCPT
Explore and critically examine the pharmacokinetics of peri-anaesthesia drugs KCPT
Utilise theoretical, experiential and research based knowledge to effectively manage the patient during all emergency procedures KCPT
Critically evaluate the issues of accountability, responsibility and role limitations within professional boundaries for the anaesthetic practitioner and future anaesthetic practice KCPT
Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the basic concepts of patient safety during anaesthesia and the impact of national and local anaesthesia practitioner policies to their practice KCPT
Achieve and apply competencies within the anaesthetic care practitioner's role KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Principles of anaesthetic care practice:

 pre-operative assessment

 preparation for anaesthesia

 physiological parameters and airway management

 regional and local anaesthesia homeostasis of respiration

 evaluating anaesthetic care

Health, safety and risk:

 risk assessment

 infection control

 correct site surgery

 patient positioning

Law and ethics:

 consent

 legal issues and accountability

 Specialist skills and role expectations:

 competency frameworks

 specialist skills and core competencies

 critical evaluation

 care planning - opportunities and considerations action planning - short, medium and long term objectives

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

 Enable students to have a deep and systematic understanding of anaesthetic practice

 Anaesthesia and patient safety within an organisational context

 To draw upon their own experience to develop their understanding of the current evidence base for anaesthetic practitioner practice

The learning and teaching methods include:

 Lectures

 Workshops

 Scenarios

 On line tutorials

 E learning


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge skills and practice on the equipment, techniques and drugs used in anaesthesia so as to be able to act as an anaesthetic practitioner in a range of patient group settings.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of two components

A practice portfolio and an OSCE

Formative assessment and feedback

Students will have formative assessment will include a practice OSCE

Students will receive formative feedback via:

·         Single or small group tutorials 

·         Verbal discussion during contact time

Timely response to email or telephone questions

Reading list


Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.