Taught course

Surgical Care Practitioner

Plymouth University · School of Nursing and Midwifery

Entry requirements

Evidence of employment from your institution. A named consultant who will be your clinical supervisor. A current live registration with either the Nursing and Midwifery Council (Part 1 and 2) or the Health and Care Professions Council. Three years' post-qualifying experience within a theatres/surgical speciality. Evidence of achievement at Level 6. In exceptional circumstances your experience will be taken into consideration if you can demonstrate the ability to study at masters level.

Months of entry


Course content

The Surgical Care Practitioner (SCP) programme is based in the school of Nursing and Midwifery. It is open to a range of healthcare practitioners registered either with the Nursing and Midwifery Council or the Health and Care professions Council, and who have the appropriate qualifications and experience in surgical care or theatres.

The programme has an intergrated approach to the development of clinical skills, knowledge and competence of trainees, all of whom will be supervised by a consultant surgeon while in the clinical area. This intergrated approach is implemented in the curriculum through the delivery of core competencies for surgical care practitioners and staged theoretical components.

The programme offers interprofessional modules, with other specialist and advanced practitioners offering a unique oppotunity to share practice. You can specialise within the fields of cardiothoracic, trauma and orthopaedics, or abdominal, pelvic and general surgery.

Two years full time, with writing up time in addition.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months


full time
24 months

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