The Master of Science degree in Advanced Surgical Practice is an interprofessional, e-Learning (online) course intended for healthcare professionals – doctors, particularly trainee surgeons, registered nurses, and operating department practitioners. It is intended for those who work on surgical wards, operating theatres, post operative recovery units, high dependency units and those who want to specialise in the field of surgical and perioperative care and who want to enhance their career development.
Assessment: Students are assessed through six modular assignments (three leading to a Certificate and six leading to the Diploma). In addition to successfully completing these assessments, MSc students must complete a dissertation.
Students will access the modules through the medium of Learning Central which is Cardiff University
’s Virtual Learning Environment (or VLE) which delivers the course materials. This is accessible via all forms of computer (desk top / lap top / tablet), smart phones and iPads; via a dedicated Learning Central application (downloadable from the Apple App. Store).
Module 1: Research & Evidence Based Practice:
Content includes - Understanding evidence, planning research, audit, statistics, critical appraisal, searching the literature.
Module 2: Preoperative Management:
Content includes – preop. assessment, testing, optimization & consent.
Module 3: Fundamentals of Postoperative Practice:
Content includes - fluid management, nutrition & pain management.
Module 4: Management Options:
Content includes – team working, management, health economics, quality & safety, lean thinking.
Module 5: Operative and Clinical Options: Content includes – wound healing, trauma, infection control, liver surgery, neuro surgery, vascular surgery, care of the older adult.
Module 6: Professional Practice – Options: Content includes – ethics, legal issues, psychosocial issues.
Module 7: DISSERTATION
Suitable for healthcare professionals with an interest or practice base in acute, chronic and palliative pain management. Applicants should: • Hold a UK higher education qualification, minimum of a BSc (Hons) or BA (Hons) grade 2:2 or above, from a UK institution; OR Hold a non-UK qualification equivalent to CQFW credit level 6 or above; OR Be able to demonstrate equivalent skills that are sufficient to meet the demands of the programme of study• have held for a minimum of two years a position of responsibility of relevance to the programme; • satisfy any applicable University language competency requirements