• Study mode: Part Time
  • Location: Uxbridge
  • Duration: 15 weeks
  • Start Date: February 2022

Course Overview

Credits: 30 at Level 6 and 7.

Health practitioners working in the perioperative environment in the post anaesthetic care unit, who wish to extend their knowledge and skills in caring for patients that have had surgery and an anaesthetic.

What will this course cover?

This module provides you with the skills and knowledge required to provide patient-focused care in the Post Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU) or Recovery phase of the perioperative journey. There will also be the opportunity to reflect on and analyse the care offered, and use evidence to increase your understanding of the service provision, professional issues, and teamwork in this specialty area.

This course is also available at Level 7.

Key themes of the module include:

  • Patient, safety, comfort and dignity
  • 6Cs
  • Leadership
  • Key drivers and contemporary issues in practice

Skills and Knowledge for Practice:

  • Care planning to meet the patient's health and safety needs
  • Structured assessment and management of changing physiology
  • Advanced respiratory support
  • Specialist and advanced practice in an acute recovery area
  • The holistic care and management of a patient during the recovery phases of the perioperative journey
  • Anaesthesia and its effects
  • Pharmacology relating to recovery
  • Understanding and managing pain
  • Management of postoperative nausea and vomiting
  • Achieving and maintaining normothermia
  • Identification and management of complications arising from anaesthesia and surgical interventions
  • Transferring of patient between clinical environments
  • Management of intravascular devices
  • Anatomy and physiology related to surgery and anaesthesia
  • Role of the recovery practitioner in the perioperative team

This course runs on Thursdays from 10am - 5pm.

Course Details

What are the course entry requirements?

In order to take this course you must be a registered practitioner working in the appropriate clinical environment.

Applicants must meet the following entry criteria:

  • hold a registered professional qualification (e.g. nursing)
  • have 60 credit points at level 5 or be able to demonstrate competence to work both clinically and academically at the level
  • a minimum of one year experience in the perioperative environment i.e. anaesthetics, theatre or recovery
  • the support of your manager or team leader to allow time for anaesthetic clinical experience
  • a suitably qualified recovery mentor.


How much does it cost

Part Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022: £1,950

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks

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