Susan Hall

Senior Lecturer in Surgical Care Practice

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:School of Allied Health

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Operating department practice

Trained as a nurse in the 1970s, Susan has worked in a variety of clinical environments as a theatre practitioner, and non-medically qualified surgical assistant (Surgical Care Practitioner). She undertook her MSc at Leicester Medical School (part of the University of Leicester) where she studied beside pre-clinical medical students.


Susan is a volunteer for the Association for Perioperative Practice's Advancing Surgical Roles Special Interest Group and member of a Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh's project group working to develop a faculty of perioperative practice.

Research interests

The ongoing assessment of surgical skills in non-medically qualified surgical assistants.


MSc in Surgical Care Practice:

  • Introduction to the Surgical Care Practitioner Role (MOD004628)
  • Surgical Care Practitioner Skills (MOD004629)
  • The Surgical First Assistant (MOD001586)

Surgical Care Practice involves non-medically qualified practitioners (usually nurses or Operating Department Practitioners) being educated to a standard that allows them to substitute for junior hospital doctors.

Surgical First Assistant (CPD course)


  • Registered General Nurse (SRN 1974) United Liverpool Hospitals School of Nursing
  • MSc in Clinical Sciences (Distinction) University of Leicester

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Member of the Royal College of Nursing
  • Member of the Association for Perioperative Practice

Selected recent publications

Hall, S., Quick, J., Hall, A. & Jones, A., 2014. Surgical Assistance: who can help?. Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (Suppl), July, Volume 96, pp. 244 - 246.

Quick, J., Hall, S., 2014. Surgical Care Practitioners: regulation and revalidation: a discussion. Journal of Perioperative Practice, 24(10), pp. 225 - 227.

Quick, J., Hall, S., 2014. The Surgical First Assistant: are you compliant?. Journal of Perioperative Practice, September, 24(9), pp. 195 - 198.

Quick, J., Hall, S., Jones, A., 2015. Are you prepared to take the risk: extending governance for perioperative roles. Journal of Perioperative Practice, September, 25(9), pp. 169 - 172.

Recent presentations and conferences

Proactive planning can facilitate same day discharge for patients undergoing laparoscopic cholecystectomy - AfPP annual residential weekend - York 2015

The presence of a Surgical Care Practitioner in the perioperative team facilitates same day discharge after laparoscopic cholecystectomy - European Operating Room Nurses Association - Rome 2015