There has been recognition that there is a need for Surgical First Assistants (SFAs) to develop their scope of practice in accordance with service requirements and policies as required by clinical practice.
This module aims to help you achieve this by building on your existing skills and knowledge, forming part of a structured programme to ensure competence and performance of:
This theory/practice module will ensure you’ll learn both in the classroom and the practice area.
You’ll be taught using a variety of methods including lectures, group work, case based scenarios, basic surgical skills workshops and simulation based learning.
Learning and teaching in clinical practice will be under the supervision of a Consultant Surgeon or other established clinician within your own area of clinical practice.
The practice component will consist of a portfolio of clinical activities, supported by a logbook. You’ll be expected to demonstrate progression towards competence and the ability to critically reflect on events from your experiences during the clinical element of the module.
This module is suitable for any registered nurse or operating department practitioner who has already undertaken core Surgical First Assistant training.
This module is delivered face-to-face on-campus sessions, as it includes skills teaching.
Trimester 2 – closed cohort (potential to open to the public)
Trimester 3 – open cohort
The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.
We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.
We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.
Please ask your manager or Education Lead about available funding before you apply.
If you wish to be considered for this module, you’ll have successfully completed the Surgical First Assistant module and be regularly working as an SFA. Where students have not completed MOD001586 (Surgical First Assistant) they are required to provide evidence of having successfully completed level 6 Surgical First Assistant study plus evidence to demonstrate recent practice in the Surgical First Assistant role. Where there has been completion of other recognised SFA learning (example – the AfPP SFA Competency Toolkit) applications must be accompanied by evidence of recent practice in the Surgical First Assistant role.
You must be able to demonstrate that you have the support of your manager and that there are named individuals willing to support you as your mentor and clinical supervisor.
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