If you're currently a trainee surgical care practitioner, working as part of a surgical team in a hospital and would like to develop your knowledge and skills, our part-time course accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England is for you.
The role of surgical care practitioner (or SCP) is relatively new, driven by the needs of hospitals and healthcare providers. SCPs manage the clinical care of patients but also assist with technical and operative interventions – overlapping with some of the care traditionally offered by doctors.
Our postgraduate degree gives you the skills and knowledge you need to pursue a career in surgical care. You’ll also benefit from undertaking the Intercollegiate Basic Surgical Skills Course (BSSC), to develop you core surgical skills and techniques.
It’s designed for registered nurses, operating department practitioners, allied health professionals or perioperative practitioners currently working as a trainee SCP.
You’ll learn in the lecture hall, our skills lab, ARU Anatomy Centre and the workplace.
As a Surgical Care Practice student at ARU, you’ll develop a wide range of skills under the direction of a consultant surgeon.
But you’ll also learn on the job, completing 2,200 hours in practice in a variety of clinical settings, and building a portfolio under the supervision of registered healthcare professionals.
Our Masters course will prepare you to act as first or second assistant, perform some technical and operative procedures, and provide support to on-call and emergency services.
Outside of the operating theatre, you’ll be able to perform pre-operative assessments, arrange pre- and post-operative investigations, oversee the consent process, prepare patients for surgery, ensure continuity of patient care, conduct and write up notes from ward rounds, provide post-operative care, identify acute deterioration in patients and more.
Our Surgical Care MSc course is accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England and based on their national curriculum, so you can be confident you’re learning the skills you need to be a competent and safe practitioner.
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Our Surgical Care MSc course is accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) and based on the RCS’s national curriculum, so you can be sure you’ll graduate with the skills you need to succeed as a surgical care practitioner.
By completing this course you'll achieve an MSc Surgical Care Practice, which leads to the title of Surgical Care Practitioner (SCP). SCPs work in surgical teams in a number of specialities, including urology, trauma and orthopaedics, cardiothoracic, plastic and reconstructive surgery, neurosurgery, paediatrics, general, vascular, maxillofacial, otorhinolaryngology and gynaecology.
Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. You might choose to embark on a postgraduate research programme at ARU. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and save £400 on your fees.
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