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Perioperative Advances in Safe and Effective Patient Care

CPD and short courses (short course)

Cambridge, Chelmsford

12 weeks

Module level: 6

Module credits: 30 credits

Number of places:10


Perioperative Advances in Safe and Effective Patient Care is a Level 6 course which will help to enhance your existing clinical knowledge and competence, and contribute towards your continuing professional development.

Together, we'll explore the ever-changing roles and responsibilities of experienced, qualified perioperative practitioners with particular emphasis on the ethico-legal implications of perioperative patient care.

The module encourages you to advance your clinical skills, as well as your critical understanding of contemporary evidence-based practice. It allows you to develop the knowledge and skills you need to be able to function independently or as a member of the multidisciplinary team.

You’ll explore contemporary issues in the operating room environment through a combined process of reflection, critical thinking and incident analysis, looking at the interventions which promote patient safety and wellbeing throughout the surgical process. In addition, you'll look at human factors and the social processes by which people interact in group environments, and how these can be heavily influenced by individual and cultural personalities and behaviours.

This course will be mostly classroom based, using lectures and seminars to encourage critical though and analysis. There'll be some practical sessions too, taught in our state-of-the-art theatre and skills lab facilities. The course is delivered on a day release basis, with one study day at university per fortnight of the trimester. You’ll spend a large amount of time in clinical practice meeting practical competencies.

We run this course alongside our Operating Department Practice BSc (Hons), giving you opportunities for multidisciplinary learning and networking. Small class sizes allow for an excellent rapport with tutors and your fellow class members.

Who should attend?

Healthcare professionals with appropriate qualifications or experience in a related field.


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


Face to face:

  • 16 January 2024
  • 30 January
  • 13 February
  • 27 February
  • 12 March
  • 9 April


Face to face:

  • 18 January 2024
  • 1 February
  • 15 February
  • 29 February
  • 14 March
  • 11 April

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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Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

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Fees & funding

Course fees

30 credits (Level 6) for courses starting in 2023/24


Funding for CPD

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

Contact details

Lauren Spurling
[email protected]

CPD Admissions
[email protected]

Entry requirements

The module content is heavily focussed on UK-based legislation, procedures and processes and governance. In addition to this, a large component of assessment relates to spending a considerable amount of time in specific clinical practice areas, therefore for both these reasons it is a requirement that you are a registered member of perioperative staff working in a UK hospital for the duration of the course. Ideally you will be based in a surgical role practising as a registered scrub nurse/circulating nurse.

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