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Surgical Care Practice (MSc)

Course Description

If you're currently a trainee surgical care practitioner, working as part of a surgical team in a hospital and would like to develop your knowledge and skills, our part-time course in Chelmsford is for you. The Royal College of Surgeons' document, The Curriculum Framework for the Surgical Care Practitioner has been used as the blueprint for this course.

The role of surgical care practitioner (or SCP) is a relatively new one, driven by the needs of hospitals and healthcare providers. SCPs manage the clinical care of patients but also assist with technical and operative interventions - overlapping with some of the care that's traditionally offered by doctors.

On our course you'll develop a range of procedural skills in the following areas under the direction of a consultant surgeon:

‌• clinics
‌• pre-operative assessment
‌• arranging appropriate pre- and post-operative investigations as part of a multidisciplinary team
‌• overseeing the consent process following guidelines from the General Medical Council (GMC) and local Trust or healthcare provider
‌• liaising with medical, theatre, ward and clerical staff
‌• the World Health Organization Safe Surgery checklist
‌• preparing patients for surgery
‌• surgical procedures in the operating theatre as part of a multidisciplinary team
‌• operations, acting as first or second assistant as directed by the supervising surgeon
‌• performing some technical and operative procedures
‌• helping to ensure continuity of patient care
‌• daily ward rounds
‌• writing operation notes and ward-round note taking
‌• post-operative care
‌• identifying acute deterioration of patients
‌• providing support to on-call and emergency services
‌• evaluating care
‌• work with outpatients
‌• involvement in the training of surgeons
‌• research, development, education and audit within your surgical department
‌• prescribing medicine to patients.

You may in some instances undertake additional qualifications.

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/part-time/surgical-care-practice


By completing this course you'll achieve an MSc Surgical Care Practice, which leads to the title of Surgical Care Practitioner (SCP). SCPs work in surgical teams in a number of specialities, including urology, trauma and orthopaedics, cardiothoracic, plastic and reconstructive surgery, neurosurgery, paediatrics, general, vascular, maxillofacial, otorhinolaryngology and gynaecology.

Modules & Assessment

Core Modules -
‌• Introduction to the Surgical Care Practitioner Role
‌• Advanced Skills in Clinical Assessment
‌• Research Studies
‌• Surgical Care Practitioner Skills
‌• Major Project


We'll asses your progress in a number of ways including essays, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE), viva voce, case studies, a research proposal, research papers or extended literature review and practice competencies.

Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change and availability.

Where you'll study

The Faculty of Medical Science, opened in 2014, is founded on the strong international reputation of our flagship Postgraduate Medical Institute. Based on our riverside campus in Chelmsford and Young Street campus in Cambridge, we deliver innovative and clinically relevant teaching and research across two departments:

‌• Department of Allied and Public Health
‌• Department of Medicine and Healthcare Science.

Thanks to our close relationships with the major clinical-care providers in the east of England, there are significant opportunities for collaboration and student placements across a variety of clinical sites.

We offer exciting opportunities for research and education in the allied health professions. We also translate science and epidemiology into health education and primary care, and deliver taught Master’s programmes to qualified medics. We have a flourishing community of PhD and MD(Res) students across all of our research fields.

Our advanced learning facilities include state-of-the-art clinical skills laboratories and simulation suites, which mirror real-life clinical situations. We also have a fantastic, modern library and a wide range of science labs and ICT suites.

Visit your faculty - http://www.anglia.ac.uk/medical-science

Where can I study?

Chelmsford - Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

Visit the Surgical Care Practice (MSc) page on the Anglia Ruskin University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A degree from a UK university at a minimum of lower second class honours or an academic or professional qualification which is equivalent in breadth and depth to a UK honours degree. Applicants should be registered as healthcare professionals, employed as part of a surgical team within a hospital environment with at least 18 months post registration experience. Applicants whose first language is not English and whose professional qualification was not taught and assessed in English will be required to demonstrate the University standard of English language (IELTS) at Level 6.5 (including written English academic test).

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