The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain & Ireland (AAGBI) require anaesthetists to have dedicated qualified assistance wherever anaesthesia is administered, whether in the operating department, the obstetric unit or any other area.
This University Advanced Diploma in Anaesthetic Practice is the first course in the UK to offer an online programme for nurses intending to train to become anaesthetic nurses. This innovative approach benefits both staff working in perioperative environments and employers managing acute care settings.
This part-time, online course enables you to gain relevant training in your own place of work. There is no need for off-site study, saving both staff time and travel costs. Mentored placements are an integral part of the course. Your placements will be undertaken in your place of work across key specialist areas to build up your competencies along with your clinical skills.
Gain the competence and confidence to work as an Anaesthetic Nurse
This course is for registered Nurses working in a perioperative setting within the UK who wish to gain the experience, competence and confidence to work as anaesthetic nurses. During this course, you will build on the knowledge gained from your initial training and post-basic experience by developing key clinical skills that are of particular value in the perioperative environment. The course is designed to produce safe, reflective and resilient Anaesthetic nurses.
An online course grounded in clinical practice
Clinical practice is central to this course and is embedded throughout the course.
Students must be employed in a UK based perioperative environment for the duration of the course. To join the course, you will require your employer’s full support as you will need to be able to spend time on practice placements in a variety of clinical areas within your organisation, covering key surgical specialities to develop your core and specialist skills. In addition, your employer must allocate you with a suitably qualified and knowledgeable mentor to provide essential mentorship for your placements.
By undertaking clinical placements in different departments, you will gain insight into the complexity of service user experience and understand practice in alternative settings, such as Intensive Care/Therapy Units, High Dependency Units or Post Anaesthesia Care Units. You will have a set of competencies to achieve throughout your course and your placements in order to demonstrate competence and safe practice.
The competencies of the course mirror those contained within the College of Operating Department Practitioners (CODP) 2018 Curriculum and the Perioperative Care Collaboration’s (PCC) Core Curriculum for Perioperative Nursing 2017. Your employer will ultimately be responsible for ensuring you gain enough experience in the relevant clinical environments in order for you to meet the required course competencies. Support and advice regarding placements will be available from the Academic team.