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Surgical Care Practice (MSc/PgDip)

2 years PgDip (+ 12 months full-time or + 18 months part-time for MSc) (Full-time) / n/a (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)

Please note: This course will not be running in 2014/15. However, applications are welcome for 2015/16.

Course Aims

The aims of the course are to provide an opportunity for students to explore the principles, theory and practice of surgical care. The course prepares students for employment as Surgical Care Practitioners.

Special Features

Course Description

The course is offered in full-time mode to Postgraduate Diploma stage, followed by an optional 12 months full-time, or 18 months part-time study, for students wishing to achieve the MSc award. Demonstrating clinical competence is a requirement in each of the first two years of the programme.

The modules enable students to gain theoretical and practical knowledge, and the practical skills in a series of study blocks held in the School of Healthcare Studies. The remainder of the students’ time is spent building upon this knowledge and developing skills through additional theoretical input and practical instruction in the clinical environment during clinical placement periods. Students who wish to achieve the MSc award undertake a dissertation on completion of the taught modules.

Course Structure

Year 1 Modules
Code
Module title
HC3068 Surgical Anatomy - 20 credits
HC3069
Professional Studies - 20 credits
HC3070
Clinical Effectiveness, Research and Evaluation - 20 credits
HC3071
Surgical Care Practitioner Skills (Pre-op) - 20 credits
HC3072
Surgical Care Practitioner Skills (Intra-op) - 20 credits
HC3073
Surgical Care Practitioner Skills (Post-op) - 20 credits
Year 2 Modules
Code
Module title
HCT088 Research Methods - 30 credits
HCT089 Surgical Care Practice (Pre-op) - 20 credits
HCT090 Surgical Care Practice (Intra-op) - 30 credits
HCT091 Surgical Care Practice (Post-op) - 20 credits
HCT092 Developing Surgical Roles - 20 credits
HCT093 Dissertation - 60 credits

The course is offered on a block basis wirth students required to attend Cardiff for 8 mandatory weeks per year of study. These are interspersed with work based experience blocks of typically between 6-8 weeks.

Career Prospects

Students undertaking the programme will already be employed in a Trainee SCP post . However, as the programme is built upon the Department of Health Curriculum Framework for SCPs, the award is mobile within the UK.

Entry Requirements

The course is suitable for healthcare professionals working in the field of perioperative and surgical care, most notably Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) and Registered Nurses (RNs), and extended scope physiotherapists working in a surgical setting.

Applicants must be employed in the role of Trainee Surgical Care Practitioner at the commencement of the programme. Organisational support in the form of appropriate senior management sign off is also required as part of the Lead Surgeon application.

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

Please note: This course will not be running in 2014/15. However, applications are welcome for 2015/16.

Applications are welcomed throughout the year up to the 30th June. However, the programme will only run if there are sufficient numbers. Prospective applicants will be informed as to whether or not their programme will run by 1st July.

Tuition Fees:

  • UK & EU Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £10,659.00
    for 2 years to PgDip completion, £1,590 for MSc component only
  • UK & EU Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £795.00
    for MSc (Post Diploma).
  • International Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £27,096.00
    for PgDip. £5,271 for MSc (Post Diploma).
  • International Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £2,634.00
    for MSc (Post Diploma).

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Mr Paul Hennessey  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2068 7717  

Fax:  

Email: Operating-Dept-Pract@cardiff.ac.uk  

School Website: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/sohcs/

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