Module code: NUR2184

Module Overview

Students will explore the enhanced areas of anaesthetic and surgical practice involving different client groups across the lifecycle.

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

TARRANT Claire (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

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

Overall student workload

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Year One Modules

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Clinical investigations

  • ECG

  • History taking

  • Blood gas

  • Fluid balance

  • Invasive monitoring

  • Blood, Blood products and Intra-operative cell salvage

  • Difficult airway management

  • Cardiac surgery

  • Vascular surgery

  • Paediatric surgery

  • Obstetric surgery

  • Paediatric anaesthesia

  • Obstetric anaesthesia

  • ENT anaesthesia

  • Bariatric anaesthesia

  • Care of obstetric patients

  • Theatre Service Improvement

  • Medical devices

  • Emergencies

  • Role of the Surgical First Assistant

  • Catheterisation

  • Human Factors training

  • Developing further awareness of the Code of Conduct

Self directed content

  • ECG online recognition

  • Authentic world revision

  • Endoscopy eleaning

  • GI Tract elearning

  • Diabetes

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 2000 word essay case study demonstrating the intra-operative management of a major case 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate successful completion of the module learning outcomes.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of a case study essay to demonstrate the intra-operative management of a major case with consideration either to shared life, shared airway or paediatrics (2000 words in total) (LO 1,2,3,4,5,6)

Formative assessment

Students will provide a detailed plan to be discussed within a facilitated peer-group formative feedback meeting held by their personal tutor.


Students will receive feedback on their plan during the module via verbal feedback within small facilitated tutorials, this feedback will inform the final summative assessment.

Module aims

  • The aim of this module is to enhance the students understanding of the intra-operative phase building on practice module outcomes and developing a detailed understanding and analysis of holistic care within the theatre environment and to be able to relate to their understanding of the professional codes.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 At the end of the module, the student should be able to:
Interpret the findings of a variety of clinical investigations and applies these to the planning and delivery of individualised patient care whilst demonstrating a systematic approach to the physical and psychological in accordance with the HCPC Code of Conduct, Performance and Ethics
002 Understand the difficult airway. KP
003 Demonstrate understanding of the equipment and techniques utilised in non-invasive and invasive monitoring techniques and the use of medical devices including the principles and practice of intravascular access and intraoperative blood salvage. KP
004 Monitor and evaluate the patient parameters including fluid balance, evaluation of wounds and principles of wound management in accordance with national and local guidelines and understand service users’ elimination needs, including male and female urinary catheterisation KPT
005 Demonstrate knowledge of enhanced scrub skills including skin preparation, surgical instruments and wound closure techniques for a range of major cases and an understanding the role of the surgical first assistant in assisting with surgical intervention KP
006 Be able to understand the impact of human factors within the perioperative / acute setting and the implications for service user safety 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 successful completion of the module learning outcomes. The module will be delivered utilising different approaches depending on the content being taught

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures

  • Taught classroom-based theory

  • Seminar discussion

  • Formative feedback on essay plan

  • Self directed learning

  • Guided workbooks

  • On-line discussion

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.

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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.