Introduction to Anaesthesia Skills for Registered Practitioners
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11 weeks




CPD/Short courses


Coventry University


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This module aims to help Registered Nurses/ Midwives/ Operating Department Practitioners to gain fundamental knowledge and skills in order to be able to engage in anaesthetic care and management in collaboration with the anaesthetist. Students will be able to benefit from a supervised clinical practice.

Course detail

This module provides students with the opportunity to:

  • Gain valuable and up-to-date knowledge on the methods of anaesthetic care.
  • Benefit from the experience of working within a real clinical setting for their placement.
  • 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:

  • Critically explore the variety of anaesthetic techniques.
  • Understand the theoretical principles of risk management techniques.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of pharmacological interventions used in anaesthesia, doses, effects and side effects.
  • Be clinically competent in terms of basic anaesthesia skills.

How will this course be taught

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

Summer 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

Guided student activity – 30 hours

Self-guided student activity – 70 hours

Placement – 100 hours

Total activity – 200 hours

Entry requirements

  • Nurses or Midwives currently in NMC Professional Register or Operating Department Practitioners who have not recently practiced anaesthetic skills.
  •  Ability to study at a degree level.
  • At least six months experience within perioperative environment.
  • Agreement from suitable placement area to support the supervised student status.
  • If the candidate wishes to practice anaesthesia skills support without a previous anaesthetic certificate, they must undertake first 374CPD and then 380CPD.


  • Coursework 1: 2500 word Patient Case Study.
  • Coursework 2: Practice Grid.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

  • Successful completion of degree level modules will 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.