Principles and Practices of Anaesthesia

Continuing Professional Development (short course)

Cambridge, Chelmsford

12 weeks

Module level: 6

Module credits: 30 credits


Develop your skills in the field of anaesthesia with our Principles and Practices of Anaesthesia module. It’s designed for post-registration nurses to cover the basic principles of anaesthesia and relevant pharmacology and forms part of your continuing professional development. This module is part of our Operating Department Practice BSc (Hons) course.

Combined with our Care of the Patient Undergoing Anaesthesia module, this short course will ultimately allow you to work within anaesthetics in your department.

It provides an opportunity for those of you who are employed in operating departments to achieve the basic knowledge required to function as a member of the anaesthetic team, while taking into account the broader issues of physics, environmental factors and legal and ethical issues. It also provides an introduction to anaesthetics and will act as the foundation, to be built upon in more depth, when you progress to our next anaesthetic module.

You’ll gain the knowledge, skills and experience to recognise, communicate and respond competently with care and compassion, when a patient’s clinical condition indicates that they are becoming acutely unwell. You’ll explore how psychological wellbeing can impact on recovery and the importance of patient-focused care and empowerment (Francis, 2013; NHS Constitution, 2012). And finally, you’ll peer-assess technical and non-technical skills (caring, compassion, communication, team working, decision making and situation awareness) during the scenarios.

Who should attend?

This course has been designed for post-registration nurses to cover the basic principles of anaesthesia and relevant pharmacology.


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

This course is now full for January 2024.

All sessions are delivered face-to-face on campus.

Cambridge - Now full
15, 29 January 2024
12, 26 February
11 March
8 April

Assessment w/c 29 April

Chelmsford - Now full
19 January 2024
2, 16 February
1, 15 March
12 April

Assessment w/c 29 April

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.

We have 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 to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.

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

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Teaching takes a number of forms, including skills labs, lectures and seminars. We hold practical sessions 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 and completing a minimum of 300 hours in anaesthetic practice.

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

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

Lisa Wakeman
[email protected]

CPD Admissions
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Entry requirements

You'll have a minimum six months of experience as a theatre practitioner in order to access this course.

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