Backing proves Anglia Ruskin is right at the sharp end

Published: 6 February 2017 at 15:00

Professor Paul O'Flynn shaking hands with Professor Iain Martin

Royal College of Surgeons give accreditation to MSc Surgical Care course

A course that helps healthcare professionals improve their skills and ease pressure on colleagues has become the first of its kind in the region to receive accreditation from the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS).

A plaque at Anglia Ruskin’s Chelmsford Campus was unveiled by Professor Paul O’Flynn of the RCS in recognition of the standards reached by Anglia Ruskin’s MSc Surgical Care Practice, a two-year part-time course studied by current trainee surgical care practitioners working in hospitals.

The course aims to develop the knowledge and skills of these team members in fields as varied as cardiac care, orthopaedics, urology, robotic surgery and even plastic surgery to provide continuity of care and help ease pressure on colleagues such as junior doctors.

The RCS has accredited only three other courses of this kind in the country. Anglia Ruskin currently has more than 30 students participating in the MSc, the majority of whom work in hospitals in Essex and surrounding areas.

Professor Iain Martin, Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University, said: 

“The role of the surgical care practitioner is relatively new but vital in today’s NHS. They manage the clinical care of patients but must also be versatile enough to assist with operations as part of a team. 

“We are delighted to have received the backing of the RCS for this course and we are excited to be able to train NHS staff from around the region and beyond. It is another way that Anglia Ruskin University is helping to upskill the local NHS workforce.”