Key Facts: This course is designed to develop the skills of practitioners who are able to respond and be proactive in the complex assessment and management of patients undergoing surgery in a variety of settings.
It promotes the development of expert perioperative practitioners with the ability to think critically utilising a relevant evidence base.
It also aims to promote a multi disciplinary/professional team (MDT/MP) approach to perioperative management, meeting the requirement of the Department of Health Practitioner Programmes.
Course overview: The course is aimed at people who wish to develop their role within the surgical team, supporting the team in the delivery of high quality patient care.
As well as developing your ability to respond and be proactive in the complex assessment and management of patients undergoing surgery in a variety of settings, you will examine how to develop, enhance and improve the quality of perioperative management within the health care arena in order to provide improved care provision through the development of appropriate knowledge and skills.
One of the real strengths of this course is its flexibility. You can choose to study the whole Postgraduate Diploma or you can simply pick and choose the modules that suit your aspirations and those of your organisation.
Entry Requirements: • You need to be a professionally registered health practitioner, with current registration as a health care professional • You must also possess either a degree or equivalent level qualification, or provide evidence of relevant experience of working in perioperative management. (This will be assessed prior to or during interview). AND • You and your employer will have identified and obtained the full agreement of a Consultant Surgeon who will act as your clinical supervisor during the Course.
By the end of the course you will be able to: • Identify and appraise current literature in relation to perioperative care management and identify the appropriate use of literature in relation to perioperative management. • Identify and critically evaluate the diverse needs of the patient in the perioperative arena and the need to ensure appropriate channelling of resources, appreciating diversity in culture and lifestyle amongst patients in a variety of health care settings. • Act innovatively in relation to perioperative services and to provide leadership in your specific area of practice. • Deliver expert and creative approaches to perioperative management, educational enhancement and the development of strategies for evaluation and research in perioperative management. • Develop strategies and skills that will enable practitioners to challenge hierarchical and organisational boundaries in the delivery of perioperative services. • Demonstrate critical, analytical, communication and decision making skills to undertake a strategic role within perioperative service delivery. • Develop collaborative, collegiate relationships within the perioperative management multidisciplinary team through the use of trust and interdependency within changing boundaries of practice delivery. • Function at a strategic level in order to implement advanced practice within a variety of perioperative management settings, recognising and adhering to the legal and ethical parameters that guide practice. You will also be adept at critiquing, creating and developing policy relevant to your sphere of practice.
The programme will be delivered over two academic semesters. Modules will be delivered sequentially, enabling you to link to and build upon existing and new knowledge. While in practice you will use your clinical portfolio.
This will start at the beginning of semester one and should be submitted within 18 months of commencing the programme. Practice placements will be organised and negotiated on a tripartite basis between the student supervisor and academic team in order to ensure that your experience will enable you to achieve the required learning outcomes.
It should be noted that you are likely to be taking on a new role. If you are undertaking this programme to gain the award of Postgraduate Diploma – Perioperative Specialist Practice you will be supernumerary for the duration of the programme.
Placements, study visits available: Placements are arranged by you in conjunction with your clinical supervisor.
Assessment: Assessment will be competency-based in practice and academically through assignments and presentations
Further study: Following completion of the MSc you can progress your studies to doctoral level by Phd or Professional Doctorate
Employability: As a successful graduate of the course you will be able to work as a Perioperative Specialist Practitioner within a surgical team.