Module code: HCR3001

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 provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

TARRANT Claire (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Practical/Performance Hours: 33

Module Availability

Semester 2

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 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

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment SKILLS ASSESSMENT 100

Alternative Assessment


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 a summative skills assessment 

Formative assessment and feedback

Students will have formative assessment will include examination preparation, practice skills assessment 

Students will receive formative feedback via:

·         Written feedback

·         Verbal discussion during contact time

Timely response to email or telephone questions

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
1 Critically analyse the anatomical and physiological measurements associated with patients undergoing anaesthesia and evaluate the outcomes KCPT
2 Identify and examine the pharmacokinetics of peri-anaesthesia drugs KCPT
3 Utilise theoretical, experiential and research based knowledge to effectively manage the patient during all emergency procedures KCPT
4 Evaluate the issues of accountability, responsibility and role limitations within professional boundaries for the anaesthetic practitioner and future anaesthetic practice KCPT
5 Develop an understanding of the fundamental concepts of patient safety during anaesthesia and the impact of national and local anaesthesia practitioner policies to their practice KCPT
6 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

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • Enable students to have a deep and systematic understanding of complex 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

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Delivering Quality Healthcare BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

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 2019/0 academic year.