Taught course

Surgical Care Practice

Anglia Ruskin University · Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

Entry requirements

A degree from a UK university at a minimum of lower second class honours or an academic or professional qualification which is equivalent in breadth and depth to a UK honours degree.

Applicants should be registered as healthcare professionals, employed as part of a surgical team within a hospital environment with at least 18 months post registration experience.

Months of entry


Course content

If you're currently a trainee surgical care practitioner, working as part of a surgical team in a hospital and would like to develop your knowledge and skills, our part-time course accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England is for you.

The role of surgical care practitioner (or SCP) is a relatively new one, driven by the needs of hospitals and healthcare providers. SCPs manage the clinical care of patients but also assist with technical and operative interventions - overlapping with some of the care that's traditionally offered by doctors.

On our course you'll develop a range of procedural skills in the following areas under the direction of a consultant surgeon:

  • clinics
  • pre-operative assessment
  • arranging appropriate pre- and post-operative investigations as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • overseeing the consent process following guidelines from the General Medical Council (GMC) and local Trust or healthcare provider
  • liaising with medical, theatre, ward and clerical staff
  • the World Health Organization Safe Surgery checklist
  • preparing patients for surgery
  • surgical procedures in the operating theatre as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • operations, acting as first or second assistant as directed by the supervising surgeon
  • performing some technical and operative procedures
  • helping to ensure continuity of patient care
  • daily ward rounds
  • writing operation notes and ward-round note taking
  • post-operative care
  • identifying acute deterioration of patients
  • providing support to on-call and emergency services
  • evaluating care
  • work with outpatients
  • involvement in the training of surgeons
  • research, development, education and audit within your surgical department
  • prescribing medicine to patients

Information for international students

Applicants whose first language is not English and whose professional qualification was not taught and assessed in English will be required to demonstrate the University standard of English language (IELTS) at Level 6.5 (including written English academic test) prior to commencement on a course.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Faculty Admissions Team
+44 (0)1245 686868