Taught course

Surgical Care Practitioner (General Surgery)

Teesside University · School of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

You must be currently registered as a nurse or allied health professional with a minimum of 18 months post registration. You should also be employed as a SCP trainee and able to provide evidence of Level 6 study (or equivalent). Once you have received an offer of a place on the course you must provide evidence of support by a named consultant surgeon mentor and a named clinical manager. You must also provide a sponsorship letter from your employer demonstrating: financial support for you to undertake the Royal College of Surgeons basic surgical skills course within the first year of the programme (if you have already completed this please provide evidence with your application as this will not need to be repeated) your employer's support for your release from practice for a maximum of 30 days in Year 1 and 20 days in Year 2.

Months of entry


Course content

Accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England, this programme provides you with the comprehensive knowledge, and the practical and technical skills needed for the role of a general surgery surgical care practitioner. With the support of your consultant surgeon mentor, your clinical area and the University, you study four modules that provide you with the necessary theoretical knowledge and skills to meet the requirements of a surgical care practitioner in general surgery. You also show your commitment to the ethos of a professional life and responsibilities which include lifelong learning, reflective practice, self-knowledge and continuing professional development to function as a valued member of the general surgery surgical team.

This course:

  • provides you with the detailed and comprehensive knowledge, and the operative and technical skills needed as a surgical care practitioner (SCP) in general surgery
  • develops your critical thinking and decision-making skills to practise autonomously within the guidelines of your surgical care practitioner role in general surgery
  • promotes the ethos of lifelong learning and continuing professional development to function as a valued member of the extended general surgery surgical healthcare team
  • develops your research skills to search, retrieve, critically evaluate and synthesise the current evidence base underpinning general surgery surgical care practice
  • develops you as a practitioner providing high-quality care throughout the patient's journey in general surgery based on sound clinical evidence and good judgement.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Where you study

The theory aspect of the module is delivered in three block weeks at the University at the start of each term. You also work with an identified consultant surgeon mentor in the field of general surgery.

How you learn

We use a variety of teaching methods in conjunction with practice-based learning in your workplace.

How you are assessed

We use a variety of methods including practice-based competencies, a viva voce and written case studies.

Career opportunities

On completion you are qualified as an SCP in general surgery. The programme enables you to access a second specialist module independently or you can progress to complete an MSc.

Fees and funding

Please note that due to current anticipated changes to NHS education and HE funding, information will be updated on Teesside University website. Please check this prior to application.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months

Course contact details

School of Health and Social Care Admissions
+44 (0)1642 384176