Extended Anaesthetic Skills for Registered Practitioners
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11 weeks




CPD/Short courses


Coventry University


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This module aims to give registered nurses, midwives and operating department practitioners the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and skills to work within the field of anaesthetic care in collaboration with the anaesthetist. 

Course detail

  • The module is designed to develop students’ knowledge in anaesthetics under the supervision of an ODP/Anaesthetists or anaesthetic nurse in order for students to acquire high quality clinical skills within the field.
  • This module facilitates practitioners to build upon their already existing knowledge within the field of healthcare and acquire valuable anaesthetic care skills, which could be applied to practitioners’ own spheres of clinical practice.
  • The module offers the opportunity for students to gather evidence towards the achievement of the KSF core dimensions: Communication, Personal and People Development, Service Improvement, Equality and Diversity.

Benefits include:

  • Academic credit for a named award.
  • Opportunity to network with fellow students from a range of disciplines and specialities.
  • Access to experts.
  • Opportunity to build to a full degree.
  • Individuals will be able to challenge current practice and embed evidence based practice into their delivery of care.
  • Individuals gain greater job satisfaction which leads to a deeper commitment to service delivery and patient care.

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Identify the complications associated with anaesthesia and clinical emergencies.
  • Critically examine the evidence base for anaesthetic interventions in order to make appropriate recommendations for best practice.
  • Competently support the team in the delivery of anaesthetic practice.
  • Demonstrate clinical competence and autonomy in extended anaesthesia skills.

How will this course be taught

This module will be delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, discussions, presentations, tutorials and a placement, which will be provided by the module leader and clinical staff.

Autumn term: Tuesdays 1pm - 4pm

Induction will take place on the first day of each module (excluding Mentoring).

We welcome students with disabilities. We recognise that education is a right for all who can benefit from it and that students with disabilities have an equal right of access to higher education. Our staff also recognise that individuals with disabilities are the best source of expertise about themselves and their needs. All students with disabilities should be able to participate as far as is reasonably practical in the educational and social activities we make available. Such students should be encouraged to expect equal treatment as individuals and that they and their work will be considered solely on the basis of their quality. 

For further information please contact the Disabilities Officer on 024 7688 8029 or email disoff.ss@coventry.ac.uk.

Guided student activity – 30 hours

Self-guided student activity – 70 hours

Clinical Practice – 100 hours

Total activity – 200 hours

Entry requirements

  • Nurses or Midwives currently on NMC Professional Register.
  • At least six months of operating department experience and currently working within the perioperative environment.
  • Successful completion of module 374CPD or have a previous anaesthetic qualifications.


  • A registered Operating Department Practitioner (HPC).
  • At least six months of post registration experience and currently working within the perioperative environment.


  • Coursework 1: 2500 word Essay (100% of module mark)
  • Coursework 2: Practice Grid

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

  • Successful completion of degree level modules can enable progression to master’s degree studies in a range of Health Care and Professional Practice studies which are offered at Coventry University.
  • Upon the successful completion of this module students should possess the qualities and knowledge to assist their further development as professionals within the field of anaesthetic care.