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
Short Course / CPD
6.5 days in the classroom over 16 weeks. Supported by E-Learn. (20 credits at level 6)
No Partner College
Next cohort: January 2020
Students must be working in a clinical area relevant to the module content.
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.
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
Core dimensions 1-6
Health and wellbeing 1,2,4-7,10
Information and knowledge 1-3
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.
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.
UCLan is recognised for its outstanding course provision which gives students the skills, knowledge, and personal attributes necessary to succeed at the University and in their future careers. To find out more about the experiences of our students, read our success stories.
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 Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.
How to Apply
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
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 email@example.com
Course information: Lisa Broadley, Lecturer, 01772 895190, firstname.lastname@example.org