Taught course

Surgical Care Practitioner

University of Plymouth · School of Nursing and Midwifery

Entry requirements

To apply for this programme, you'll need:

  • a named consultant surgeon who will be your clinical supervisor
  • a current and live registration with either the Nursing and Midwifery Council (Part 1 or 2) or the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • evidence of level 6 education or equivalent
  • a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check (previously CRB)
  • a satisfactory occupational health clearance.


A relevant degree with honours or an equivalent professional qualification. Other qualifications accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field may also be considered. Non-standard applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

You must be employed full-time in an appropriate role within a suitable hospital able to provide training with a UK setting, and you must have support of the clinical manager to undertake this programme of study whilst employed.


We are unable to take international students on this programme as they have to be in an employed position as a trainee surgical care practitioner.

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.

Fees and funding

Home/EU: £5,000


Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Admission enquiries
+44 1752 586951