Patient safety in surgery – the influence of non-technical skills

Patient safety in surgery – the influence of non-technical skills

Non-technical skills, including communication and situation awareness, complement the technical skills of surgical teams and influence patient safety. This session reviews the use of non-technical skills during surgery by scrub practitioners and how these are influenced by the behaviours of their colleagues.

Entry and Admissions

Ancillary Award:



Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

Half day

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College

Start Date:

Friday 15th June 2018, 10am-1pm

Entry Requirements:


Course Content

Course Outline:
Who should attend?

The session has been designed specifically for nurses, ODPs, assistant practitioners and nurse associates who undertake the role of the scrub practitioner during surgery. The session is also relevant to anaesthetic, circulating and recovery practitioners.

Max number of participants - 20

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Academic Expertise

Facilitator - Guy McClelland
Guy is a senior lecturer in Operating Department Practice. He has an interest in the influence of non-technical skills and human factors on patient safety during surgery and has undertaken research on the factors that influence scrub practitioners’ non-technical-skills behaviours.

Learning outcome & aims

By the end of the workshops participants will:
  • Develop an awareness of behaviours that influence interpersonal non-technical skills including communication and team working during surgery
  • Develop an awareness of factors that contribute to the formation of cognitive biases that affect situational awareness and decision making during surgery

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Please book online at If you have any questions about the workshop please contact us: email or call 01772 893808

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