Assisting the surgeon during surgical procedures, NU3646 Short Course

Assisting the surgeon during surgical procedures, NU3646  Short Course
At UCLan, our post-qualifying framework (PQF) allows health and social care practitioners to continue their professional development and achieve further qualifications in their field. You have the opportunity to study individual modules in subject areas that interest you. You can select from a comprehensive and contemporary range of modules that fit your personal development and career plans; either on an individual basis or combined in a planned programme to eventually achieve a degree.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

Short Course


Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:


Delivery Method:


Course Length:

6.5 days in the classroom over 16 weeks. Supported by E-Learn. (20 credits at level 6)

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

Module will next run in 2016-17 academic year.

Entry Requirements:
Students must be working in a clinical area relevant to the module content.

Course Content

Course Outline:
This degree-level module is aimed at experienced practitioners who want to increase their knowledge and understanding about providing assistance to the surgeon during surgical procedures. It is a theoretical module and covers a range of topics including strategies to assist the surgeon, anatomy and physiology related to specialities, care of the patient, legal and ethical issues and patient assessment.

Students will be supported in developing a competency schedule which can be applied to their clinical practice. The focus throughout will be on professional approaches to the provision of skilled assistance whilst delivering care with an emphasis on patient safety whilst undergoing surgical intervention.

Students may study the module on its own, for continuing professional development purposes or for the award of BSc (Hons) Professional Practice or as part of the Advanced Certificate Critical Care.

All students are encouraged to develop and maintain a portfolio of learning and achievement. The portfolio is not assessed but supports personal development planning; development of reflective practice and career enhancement activity.

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Written assignment, 3,000 words.

Academic Expertise

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.

Learning outcome & aims

KSF map:

Core dimensions 1-6

Health and wellbeing 1,2,4-7,10

Information and knowledge 1-3

General 1-2,7

Industry links & professional accreditation

We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.

Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.


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Progression Routes

From foundation courses through to world-leading research degrees, you can study a wide range of subject areas at UCLan. Whether you want to develop your knowledge in a subject you enjoy or gain further qualifications to enhance your career, at UCLan there are numerous progression routes for you to follow.

Fees & Funding

For details of the standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course please contact the College of Health and Wellbeing.

Part time fee of £760 per 20 credit module 

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.

Post-registration Recruitment
School of Health
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel. 01772 893836 or 01772 893839

Or, if appropriate, via CPD-Apply:

For further information

Module information: Tracey Williams, Module Leader, 01772 893694

Course information: Lisa Broadley, Lecturer, 01772 895190,


About UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment

College of Health & Wellbeing

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 89 3836 / 3839