Enhanced Surgical Skills for the Surgical First Assistant

CPD and short courses (short course)


12 weeks

Module level: 6

Module credits: 30 credits

Number of places:12


There has been recognition that there is a need for Surgical First Assistants (SFAs) to develop their scope of practice in accordance with service requirements and policies as required by clinical practice.

Full description

Who should attend?

This module is suitable for any registered nurse or operating department practitioner who has already undertaken core Surgical First Assistant training.


Please note: timetables are still to be confirmed, dates may be subject to change.

Face to face:

  • 16 May 2024
  • 30 May
  • 13 June
  • 27 June
  • 11 July
  • 25 July

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care at ARU is primed to meet the demand for healthcare professionals, doctors, scientists and social workers in the East of England.

We've been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.

We know that our students want the very best experiential learning, and we've invested heavily in purpose-built simulated wards, science labs and skills spaces, to support your learning every step of the way.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

30 Credits (Level 6) for courses starting in 2024/25


Funding for CPD

Please ask your manager or Education Lead about available funding before you apply.

Contact details

Gemma Salt (Module Leader)
[email protected]

CPD Admissions
[email protected]

Entry requirements

If you wish to be considered for this module, you’ll have successfully completed the Surgical First Assistant module and be regularly working as an SFA. Where students have not completed MOD001586 (Surgical First Assistant) they are required to provide evidence of having successfully completed level 6 Surgical First Assistant study plus evidence to demonstrate recent practice in the Surgical First Assistant role. Where there has been completion of other recognised SFA learning (example – the AfPP SFA Competency Toolkit) applications must be accompanied by evidence of recent practice in the Surgical First Assistant role.

You must be able to demonstrate that you have the support of your manager and that there are named individuals willing to support you as your mentor and clinical supervisor.

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