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This programme is intended for existing health care practitioners or graduates with a science background who wish to work as part of the anaesthetic team. Read more

This programme is intended for existing health care practitioners or graduates with a science background who wish to work as part of the anaesthetic team.

The Physicians' Assistant (Anaesthesia) is a health professional who will expand the anaesthetic service and make operating theatres work more efficiently. You will work alongside other members of the anaesthetic team and under the supervision of your anaesthetist.

Course details

The programme will develop a practitioner role that enables the anaesthesia team to have more staff working differently. Presently in the UK only doctors who have had specialist training in anaesthesia can administer anaesthetics.

The PA(A) is a health professional who will expand the anaesthetic service and make operating theatres work more efficiently. You will work alongside other members of the anaesthetic team and under the supervision of your anaesthetist. 

The programme is studied over 27 months full-time which includes 24 months of academic study and clinical training, followed by 3 months of supervised practice. 

Students who have satisfactorily completed the 120 taught credits of the Postgraduate Diploma: Physicians’ Assistant (Anaesthesia) will have the option of transferring to the Physicians’ Assistant (Anaesthesia) MSc Programme. Award of the MSc will require the completion of an additional 60 credit Dissertation module, which would take the form of a research project of their own choosing. The MSc is self funded costing £1980 in 2014/2015 (subject to change each year).

Related links

For further information about the role of PA(A)s, training and entry requirements please visit the Royal College of Anaesthetists website: http://www.rcoa.ac.uk

Although they have very similar names the Physicians' Assistant (Anaesthesia) and the Physician Associate programme are very different programmes. If you are interested in joining the Physician Associate Postgraduate Diploma please visit the web pages for more information.

Learning and teaching

The programme is made up of 12 two-month blocks of teaching. Each block lasts for approximately 35 days to allow for holidays and is broken down as follows:

  • Directed self study – 70 hours
  • Small group teaching – 14 hours
  • Clinical skills teaching – 21 hours
  • Workplace experience – 140 hours

A typical week may consist of:

  • 1 2-hour tutorial
  • 2-3 days in the clinical area
  • ½ day clinical skills training
  • 1½ days self-directed study, e.g. working through the e-lectures

The blocks are as follows:

  • Block 1 – Introduction to clinical practice (1)
  • Block 2 – Introduction to clinical practice (2)
  • Block 3 – Introduction to anaesthesia
  • Block 4 – Physics in anaesthesia
  • Block 5 – The anaesthesia machine and monitoring
  • Block 6 – The heart and circulation
  • Block 7 – The airways and lungs
  • Block 8 – The kidneys, liver, endocrine system and blood
  • Block 9 – The brain and nervous system
  • Block 10 –Clinical history and examination
  • Block 11 –Management of life-threatening emergencies
  • Block 12 –Advanced practice

Employability

This programme is part of a structred training programme for the role of Physicians' Assistant (Anaesthesia) or PA(A).



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This programme is intended for dental practitioners who want to develop competence in providing conscious sedation. The programme has been designed to allow you to gain experience of using inhalation sedation with nitrous oxide and oxygen, and midazolam. Read more
This programme is intended for dental practitioners who want to develop competence in providing conscious sedation. The programme has been designed to allow you to gain experience of using inhalation sedation with nitrous oxide and oxygen, and midazolam. You will build your knowledge through distance learning modules and study days, while clinical skills will be developed during supervised clinical practice in Bristol. We aim to produce caring, knowledgeable and skilful practitioners who are competent in the provision of conscious sedation within the limits of the individual clinician.

Programme structure

This modular programme is divided in to three units: Local Anaesthesia, Anxiety Management and Clinical Conscious Sedation.

Local Anaesthesia
Pain and anxiety control are closely linked and treatments under sedation often need to be aborted because of inadequate local anaesthesia. The unit will update students in pharmacology and local anaesthetic techniques, introduce advanced local anaesthetic techniques and provide medical simulator training in the management of the complications of sedation.

Anxiety Management
This unit will provide students with a knowledge and critical understanding of the theoretical framework that underpins cognitive therapy, including self-help and behavioural approaches.

Clinical Conscious Sedation
This unit is designed to prepare those with no experience in conscious sedation to independent practice. It will include supervised clinical practice in Bristol, as well as distance learning and study days where practical skills will be introduced before beginning supervised clinical practice. The unit covers the syllabus on basic sedation techniques published in 2015 by the Intercollegiate Advisory Committee for Sedation in Dentistry.

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Dental anxiety and phobia are significant problems for many of our patients. Learning the tools that can be used to effectively manage these patients will allow you to broaden your clinical practice and increase the access to dental care for these patients. Read more

Dental anxiety and phobia are significant problems for many of our patients. Learning the tools that can be used to effectively manage these patients will allow you to broaden your clinical practice and increase the access to dental care for these patients.

Conscious sedation is a safe and effective way of facilitating routine and more complex dental care in patients who would otherwise not be able to have treatment done, including children and adolescents. You will also have the opportunity to explore other non-pharmacological techniques that can be used to effectively manage anxious patients in your daily practice.

Subject areas

This programme covers the core areas required to be able to provide safe and effective conscious sedation, including;

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Dental anxiety
  • Sedation techniques
  • Assessment of the sedation patient
  • Cannulation
  • Monitoring
  • Clinical governance

The programme fully complies with the Intercollegiate Advisory Committee on Conscious Sedation in Dentistry (IACSD) guidelines and therefore on completion you will be qualified to practice independently in conscious sedation.

Who is it for?

The programme has been designed for dental practitioners either in primary or secondary care who wish to introduce this invaluable skill into their practice or formalise their existing training and experience.

Programme structure

Find out about the courses you will be studying on the programme.

This 60 credit programme is split into five courses. As conscious sedation is a practical skill, the programme has both online courses and a clinical course.

Online courses

The majority of the courses are delivered online to allow you to study the theory behind successful conscious sedation at a time and place most convenient for you. There are four 10 credit courses that each run over a period of five weeks.

  • Course 1: Anatomy, Physiology, Pharmacology, Pain and Local Anaesthetic (APPPL)

Explore the relevant basic science that underpins practice in conscious sedation and the successful use of local anaesthetic in dentistry.

  • Course 2: Dental Anxiety

Examine a range of non-pharmacological techniques that can be utilised to manage an anxious patient and the importance of effective communication.

  • Course 3: Assessment of the Dental Sedation Patient

Explore the issues which relate to the suitability of a patient for dental-led conscious sedation and interpret the relevant clinical parameters.

  • Course 4: Sedation Techniques

Examine the current knowledge and practice within conscious sedation in dentistry, including more advanced techniques.

Clinical Course

The clinical course is a 20 credit course which runs alongside the online courses in the form of clinical practice days hosted at the Edinburgh Dental Institute. The first clinical practice day is in September and these run once a month until the following August.

The first clinical practice day is an Induction Day, and will include an introduction to the course, academic skills such as using the library, occupational health clearance and the required health and safety induction.

The second clinical practice day will cover medical emergencies in sedation practice and communication skills.

From the third clinical practice day you will start to provide the sedation for patients on the oral surgery clinic, and this will continue for the remainder of your clinical sessions. You will also have the opportunity to provide inhalational sedation.

Applicants should be aware that there is notable time commitment not only to the clinical days which are once a month hosted at the Edinburgh Dental Institute, but also to the online learning material and tasks which are estimated to take at least 10 hours per week. Participation in online discussion boards and journal club is expected on a weekly basis. Students are also strongly encouraged to maintain a reflective personal journal of their clinical experience alongside a sedation logbook as they progress through the programme.

Learning and Teaching

The online courses of the programme are delivered on the virtual learning environment or VLE, which aims to provides a dynamic and collaborative learning experience using a variety of online learning methods such as discussion forums, an online journal club and clinical case studies. The online community will also be supported by the clinical practice days where you will have the opportunity to meet your fellow students and tutors.

Assessment

To achieve the credits of the online courses you will be assessed on academic assignments such as a literature review or reflective essay. You will be supported in writing academically with advice given on searching the literature, examples of good academic and reflective writing and the opportunity for formative feedback on drafts before final submission. Two of the more clinically focussed online courses will be assessed through short written examinations consisting of single best answer and situational judgement test questions. Again, throughout these courses formative feedback will be given with the opportunity to practice these styles of question.

The clinical course will be assessed by submission of a clinical case presentation of a case treated on the programme alongside regular clinical assessment through the use of workplace based assessments. The student will submit four workplace based assessments to contribute to their final mark for the course.

 



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The Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine course is based on areas of clinical practice and professional skills that are relevant to all anaesthetic trainees. Read more

The Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine course is based on areas of clinical practice and professional skills that are relevant to all anaesthetic trainees.

Face-to-face tuition will be provided in cutting-edge aspects of patient care using an evidence based approach to provide knowledge of clinical practice which extends beyond the scope of the training programme and represents many of the most important areas of development for clinical anaesthesia. The course also includes modules which enable students to gain an in-depth understanding of the professional skills essential for a successful career in the NHS.

Key areas of study

  • Assessment and optimisation
  • High-risk anaesthesia
  • Emergency care
  • Research methods and critical appraisal
  • Communication, learning and teaching in health and social care
  • Leadership and change management in clinical services

Course structure

Modules are assessed by 3,000 word written assignments which are centred on case studies or a relevant topic agreed between the student and the module leader.

PGCert

PGDip

PGCert modules PLUS

MSc

PGDip modules PLUS

Career opportunities

This course is intended to provide anaesthetists with the clinical and professional skills they need to achieve high levels of success in consultant practice.

The course content has been carefully considered to reflect the needs of NHS trusts when recruiting consultant staff and also the wider priorities of the NHS in developing clinical leadership, service development and education.



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In veterinary management of animals, anaesthesia (rendering animals unconscious to permit procedures) and analgesia (reducing the pain an animal is suffering) have vital importance in improving animal welfare, as well as permitting the ongoing developments in medical and surgical advances. Read more

In veterinary management of animals, anaesthesia (rendering animals unconscious to permit procedures) and analgesia (reducing the pain an animal is suffering) have vital importance in improving animal welfare, as well as permitting the ongoing developments in medical and surgical advances.

Knowledge and advances in anaesthesia over the last 20 years have been considerable. We can use techniques to block sensation locally or over a region of the body not just total unconsciousness. We have an array of drugs and methods of drug administration available to us in our fight against pain. Anaesthesia has always carried risks, and we have an increasing availability of monitoring equipment to help us monitor the physiological function of the body during anaesthesia with the aim of reducing morbidity and mortality in our animals.

The University of Edinburgh is offering this unique opportunity for an entirely online MSc to study these advances, during which students can gain knowledge and understanding in the equipment, drugs and techniques associated with anaesthesia and analgesia. Our team can provide a wide range of clinical and research experience across many species.

Online learning

Our award-winning online learning technology is fully interactive and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace. Online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community.

Expert tutors will support you through every stage of the programme and you can engage with fellow students in supportive and constructive online networks.

Your progress will be assessed through online presentations, essays, critical reviews of literature, student self- reflection activities, short-answer questions, scientific posters, group wiki events and peer review activities.

Programme structure

The programme is taught part time over 3 years, but its flexible nature will allow you a maximum of 6 years to complete it. There are also options for studying for a certificate (1-2 years) or a diploma (2-4 years).

Each year will consist of three 11-week terms, structured into two blocks of five weeks of study, with a week in between for independent study and reflection.

The Postgraduate Certificate year (Year 1) starts with a series of compulsory courses to give a foundation in veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia, then progresses to examine how this may be applied in a variety of species. In the Postgraduate Diploma year (Year 2), you have the choice of selected courses to tailor the programme to your requirements. A dissertation completes the final year, however, this is a very flexible course, which can be tailored to suit you (subject to approval).

Year 1

Compulsory courses:

  • Basic sciences in anaesthesia and analgesia
  • Anaesthetic equipment
  • Patient assessment, critical incidents and cardiopulmonary resuscitation

You will also choose 2 out of 4 species-related courses in dogs and cats, equidae, ruminants, camelids and pigs or small mammals (e.g. rabbits, rats etc).

Year 2

You will choose courses to total 60 credits from the following:

  • Emergency case management (10 credits)
  • Chronic pain and advanced analgesic principles (10 credits)
  • Advanced cardiovascular procedures and monitoring (10 credits)
  • Lung ventilation and mechanical ventilators (10 credits)
  • Reptiles and birds (20 credits)
  • Ethics in veterinary anaesthesia: animal welfare and euthanasia (10 credits)

In addition, you could choose to select additional species courses from Year 1.

Year 3

During the written reflective element of the programme you will have the opportunity to further develop your scientific skills and utilise scientific theory. The form of the dissertation may vary to suit individual candidates, subject to approval of a submitted proposal. The dissertation will be a piece of written work 10-15,000 words long, which may take the form of a research study, analysis of techniques used in previous clinical work or an extended literature review. A casebook or portfolio submission may also be permitted.

Career opportunities

The MSc Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia is likely to be desirable for veterinary surgeons seeking employment in research environments (e.g. as Named Veterinary Surgeon or other roles) due to the key importance of anaesthesia and the emphasis on this from Home Office regulation of research work in the UK.

The MSc will be a different route for progression for veterinary nurses who have key roles in private veterinary practices with regard to veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia. This may be desirable for practices wishing to show a wide range of expertise amongst their staff and patient support for surgical procedures.



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This course has been developed with support from the major anaesthetic organisations, including the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA), the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI), the Regional Anaesthesia United Kingdom (RA-UK) and the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia (ESRA). . Read more

This course has been developed with support from the major anaesthetic organisations, including the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA), the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI), the Regional Anaesthesia United Kingdom (RA-UK) and the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia (ESRA). 

It is aimed at busy medics working as full or part time anaesthetists in the NHS or equivalent health services who are seeking to develop a high level of expertise within this specialist area. For more information see our website.



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Our one-year MSc Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery course is designed for dentists who wish to advance their knowledge of this clinical specialty at postgraduate level. Read more

Our one-year MSc Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery course is designed for dentists who wish to advance their knowledge of this clinical specialty at postgraduate level.

This specialty is concerned with the diagnosis and management of diseases, injuries and defects affecting the mouth, jaws, face and neck.

The specialist clinical component of the course will give you an understanding of the scientific basis of oral and maxillofacial surgery, with particular emphasis on current theories relevant to the diagnosis, treatment planning and clinical management of patients. The course will also emphasise the evidence base supporting clinical surgical practice.

You will observe a wide range of surgery, including facial trauma, implant and reconstructive, cancer and reconstructive, salivary gland and orthognathic surgery, as well as participating in dentoalveolar surgery.

The course also covers the design, data collection, and simple analysis and interpretation of clinical research projects, and culminates in the MSc dissertation. You will learn how to identify, formulate and implement a specific research project in line with the research themes of pain and anxiety control, surgical implantology, or oral cancer and health services research.

Aims

The course aims to provide dental practitioners with the knowledge and skills to undertake minor oral surgery in the context of a wider knowledge of oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Teaching and learning

Our teaching and learning methods are designed to encourage you to take responsibility for your own learning and to integrate work with formal educational activities.

We will provide the core text book for the course. This book, Master Dentistry Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Radiology, Pathology and Oral Medicine (ISBN 0443061920), has been authored by University staff Coulthard, Horner, Sloan and Theaker.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment is by essay and SBAs throughout the course and related to the taught units. You will also maintain a clinical surgical logbook and undertake a clinical competency test. There is also an oral examination.

  • Research Methods: Formal assessment takes the form of two tutor marked assignments.
  • Biostatistics: Formal assessment takes the form of two tutor marked assignments.
  • Clinical component: This is assessed by written examination and clinical examination in the form of an oral presentation.
  • Dissertation (10,000-15,000 words).

Course unit details

The Specialist Clinical component consists of the following modules:

  • Surgical Basic Sciences (Basic surgical science, preoperative and postoperative care) and Patient Care (Assessing patients, medical aspects of patient care and control of pain and anxiety)
  • Reflective Oral Surgery Practices
  • Dental Tissues (Infections and inflammation of the teeth and jaws, removal of teeth and surgical implantology)
  • Bone: Disease and Injury (Diseases of bone and the maxillary sinus, oral and maxillofacial injuries)
  • Soft Tissues (Cysts, mucosal disease, premalignancy and malignancy)
  • Salivary Tissue, Pain and TMJ (Salivary gland disease, facial pain and disorders of the temporomandibular joint)

The MSc includes a research project and dissertation.

Dissertation

Examples of dissertations submitted include:

  • A systematic review of randomised controlled clinical trials comparing the adverse effects of articaine and lidocaine as local anaesthetic agents
  • A systematic review of the side effects of inhalation conscious sedation
  • Implant survival with different numbers of dental implants in the mandibular implant over denture: A retrospective cohort study
  • National use of conscious sedation in dentistry
  • Evaluation of pain in paediatric patients undergoing oral surgery

Facilities

You will have access to dedicated postgraduate suites. You will also be able to access a range offacilities throughout the University.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .

CPD opportunities

We will invite you to participate in a number of conferences and courses. Some selected seminars will also provide you with CPD hours.

Career opportunities

This course will prepare you for a future career in clinical practice, teaching or research.

Some graduates return to established surgical practice, while others go on to the next step in their training and pursue specialist clinical training and appropriate clinical examinations in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Graduates may find their advanced knowledge a good foundation for surgical dentistry, oral surgery or oral and maxillofacial surgery practice. Some graduates proceed to undertake higher research degrees such as a PhD.



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Our blended learning MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice - Paediatric Anaesthesia is a unique course for anaesthetists and anaesthetic trainees who have an interest in paediatric anaesthesia. Read more

Our blended learning MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice - Paediatric Anaesthesia is a unique course for anaesthetists and anaesthetic trainees who have an interest in paediatric anaesthesia.

Children and infants present unique challenges to anaesthetists, who are involved not only in the delivery of safe anaesthesia, but also in peri-operative care, acute and chronic pain management and in the resuscitation and stabilisation of the seriously ill or injured child.

This is an academic course that, when combined with clinical experience, will produce anaesthetists who can deliver high quality care in the field of paediatric anaesthesia. 

You will develop:

  • the skills required to understand medical literature and research and apply this knowledge as evidence-based practice;
  • the ability to gain a firm grasp of the science, pathophysiology and paediatric medicine underpinning the practice of paediatric anaesthesia;
  • the ability to critically appraise current practice, develop the specialty further, and improve patient care.

We have developed this course in partnership with the Department of Paediatric Anaesthesia at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital (RMCH), drawing on the hospital's high level of knowledge and expertise to provide you with the breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding expected from paediatric anaesthetists today.

This MSc is suitable if you are a consultant anaesthetist working in either specialist or non-specialist centres and have an interest in paediatric anaesthesia. 

Our course would also be suitable for trainees undergoing advanced clinical training in paediatric anaesthesia.

Please note that this course is new and subject to approval for 2017. 

Aims

This course aims to:

  • provide the necessary academic preparation for the clinical practice of paediatric anaesthesia;
  • enable you to critically appraise current practice and develop an evidence-based approach to solving clinical problems;
  • help you to grasp the science, pathophysiology and paediatric medicine underpinning the practice of paediatric anaesthesia.

The knowledge and skills you will gain during the course, combined with your clinical experience, will enable you to improve patient care and further develop the speciality of paediatric anaesthesia.

Teaching and learning

The MSc runs over three years part-time, making full use of a blended learning approach.

It is flexible enough for full-time professionals to undertake, and consists of online distance learning, supplemented by face-to-face study days at The University of Manchester.

Coursework and assessment

We will assess your progress through examining your participation in online discussions, mid-unit assignments, end of unit assignments and the written reflective element.

Satisfactory completion of all units of training for each year will allow progression to the next year of study.

Course unit details

Year 1

  • Evidence Based Practice (15 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Epidemiology (15 credits)
  • Research Methods and Governance (15 credits)
  • Safeguarding Children and Young People; Ethics and Consent

Year 2

Specialist Clinical Practice Units:

  • Applied Basic Science in Paediatric Anaesthesia (15 credits)
  • Anaesthesia for Special Cases (15 credits)
  • Trauma and Acute Surgery (15 credits)
  • Paediatric Critical Care and Resuscitation Medicine (15 credits)

Year 3

  • Written reflective element with either a research/audit component or a systematic review (60 credits)

Course collaborators

We have collaborated with Royal Manchester Children's Hospital , Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, to develop this course.

Facilities

You will be able to access a range of facilities throughout the University.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Office.

Career opportunities

This course is designed for advanced trainees in paediatric anaesthesia who intend to pursue consultant careers in hospitals providing tertiary paediatric care.

It is also suitable for anaesthetists with paediatric responsibilities working in district general hospitals, as well as consultant anaesthetists applying for roles at tertiary children's hospitals, or at district general hospitals with significant paediatric activity.



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