SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 40.00
ECTS Credit Points 20.00
Module Code M1B722573
Module Leader Claire Lewsey
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Entry to SCQF Level 7 admissions criteria

Summary of Content

This module provides the opportunity for students to gain knowledge, understanding and clinical experience in caring for patients undergoing surgery and anaesthesia. This module will introduce students to the patient journey within the perioperative environment and lay the foundations of perioperative practice which will be built on in subsequent modules. This module will explore safe and professional practice, teamworking, patient care and the role of the ODP. The module aims to provide the students with a sound understanding of the basis of safe perioperative care and includes a four week placement to allow contextualisation of their learning.


Study skills, ICT, continuing professional development and portfolio building Health and Safety, including manual handling, incident reporting and risk assessment Anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of cells, tissues and organs, the respiratory system and the cardiovascular system The role of the ODP including professional issues, HCPC standards of conduct, performance and ethics and accountability Design and function of the perioperative areas Non invasive monitoring and assessment of the respiratory and cardiovascular system Infection control Patient safety and safeguards in the perioperative area including consent Communication skills encompassing all aspects of communication including documentation, professional terminology, confidentiality and a workshop with a patient or a patient's carer Basic Life Support as a lay rescuer Preparation for practice Urinalysis

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:Demonstrate the ability to utilise study skills strategies, including Information Communication Technology and portfolio building, in both the academic and practice placement setting.Demonstrate an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of cells, tissues and organs, the respiratory system, the cardiovascular system and the associated pathophysiology.Demonstrate an understanding of the role and responsibilities of the student and registered ODP in relation to the HCPC Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics.Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and processes involved in the delivery of safe perioperative care. Demonstrate engagement with the principles of effective communication in relation to patients, carers and the perioperative healthcare team and identify strategies to overcome barriers to communication.Describe the principles of patient assessment in relation to the respiratory and cardiovascular system.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module will use lectures, practical simulations/demonstrations and directed learning workbooks to promote an understanding of key theoretical principles of the perioperative environment. Students will spend the majority of their time in the University setting to enable them to develop an understanding of the perioperative environment and the role of the ODP. This module includes a four week placement in the perioperative environment to allow consolidation of their academic learning under the supervision of a trained Mentor.

Indicative Reading

Association for Perioperative Practice. 2011, Standards and Recommendations for S afe Perioperative Practice, AfPP, Harrogate. Cottrell, S. 2013, The Study Skills Handbook , 4 th edn, Palgrave Macmillan, Hampshire. Davey, A. & Ince, C.S. 2000, Fundamentals of Operating Department Practice, Greenwich Medical Media, London. Health and Care Professions Council. 2008, Standards of conduct, performance and ethics, HCPC, London. Hughes, S. & Mardell, A. 2009, Oxford Handbook of Perioperative Practice , Oxford University Press, Oxford. Jasper, M. 2003, Beginning Reflective Practice , Nelson Thornes, Cheltenham. Resuscitation Council (UK). 2010, The Resuscitation Guidelines , Resuscitation Council (UK), London. Seifert, P.C. 2002, "Ethics in Perioperative Practice - Duty to Foster an Ethical Environment", AORN , Vol. 76, no. 3, pp. 490-494, 496-497. Shields, L. & Werder, H. 2002, Perioperative Nursing, Greenwich Medical Media, London. Waugh, A. & Grant, A. 2010, Ross and Wilson: Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Illness, 11 th edn, Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh. Wicker, P. & O'Neill, J. 2010, Caring for the Perioperative Patient , 2 nd edn, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford.

Transferrable Skills

The learning strategies used in the university environment will help the students to undertake their first practice placement and develop the skills of communication, team working and patient safety.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 12.00
Placement 135.00
Lectures (FT) 90.00
total of 103 hours independent learning PLUS 20 hours directed study TOTAL 123 hours 123.00
Practicals (FT) 30.00
Tutorials (FT) 10.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
WR n/a 50.00 35% 1500 word written assignment WA
OSCE n/a 0.00 35% OSCE Handwashing Pass/Fail
CA n/a 0.00 35% Clinical Assessment
CT 1.00 50.00 35% Class Test