Professional Education in Practice

 

 

 
 

Advanced Scrub Practitioner Courses

 

Professional Education in Practice Ltd (PEP) is a new company that has been formed to address the education needs of staff within perioperative practice. The main focus of its work is to deliver high quality online education materials that should be accessible to anyone working within the perioperative environment as relevant to their stage of practice advancement. The key personnel in the company have a wealth of experience and proven track record both in practice and higher education supporting learners in practice and delivering education in the workplace and classroom. The company is lead by Jill Biggins, Advanced Surgical Care Practitioner and formerly National Chair of the National Association of Assistants in Surgical Practice, who is supported by Jane Hendricks, Advanced Surgical Care Practitioner, Janet Thatcher, Lecturer and formerly Education Director for NAASP and John Vernon, Lecturer from the University of Manchester

 

PEP will be offering a national and transferable programme of courses aimed at qualified theatre staff holding a registrable qualification. These Academic programmes are designed to support staff in gaining the appropriate skills to enable them to practice effectively in the perioperative environment as an Advanced Scrub Practitioner.

 

Students will undertake this course whilst employed within an operating department, with the assistance of a locally trained mentor and clinical supervisor. Students will receive a suggested plan of topics and activities to help them organise their study time. The plan has been devised to provide direction and support related to the identified topics within the practice competencies, ensuring they receive theoretical support linked to the practice experience. Learning will be directed through teaching materials related to the indicative content provided via a dedicated website. Students will be expected to be assessed using the competency document provided. All modes of learning will be classed as a part-time study programme.

 

PEP will offer two 30 level 6 (final year undergraduate education) credit rated courses which will offered via a variety of learning options and venues, to suit today's practitioners, surgical departments and hospitals.

 

1. Advanced Scrub Practitioner Part 1
2. Advanced Scrub Practitioner Part 2 (extended skills & Key Instruction in Surgical Skills)

 

The courses will be offered in a variety of ways, recognising the need to deliver healthcare eduction to suit today's practitioners, surgical departments and hospitals.

 

Students would be able to apply for both courses at the same time or one only

Course A:

30 credit (level 6)
Advanced Scrub Practitioner Part I Course

Course B:

30 credit (level 6)
Advanced Scrub Practitioner Part II course

Course C:

60 credit (level 6)
Advanced Scrub Practitioner course with extended skills

Course D:

30 credit (level 6)
Advanced Scrub Practitioner Part II course

ASP Refresher Course

Two-day face to face study days with supporting on line programme.

or students can opt for an on-line learning programme

Two-day face to face study days supported by an online programme.

Two, 2-day face to face study days supported by an online programme.

One-day face to face study days supported by an online programme.

(this course can only be accessed by ASP's who have undertaken the Key Instruction in Surgical Skills Course)

This course will provide an update for the experienced ASP on topics such as an update on legal and ethical issues, undertaking the mentoring role for an ASP student.

 

Part A, B and D will both be undertaken during an 22 weeks study time. It anticipated that students will require a minimum 100 hours clinical practice in course A and in Course B within the ASP role.

Course C is 44 weeks and is anticipated that students will require a minimum 200 hours clinical practice within the ASP role.

 

Students will receive a suggested plan of topics and activities to help them organise their study time. The plan will be devised to provide direction and support related to the identified topics within the practice competencies, ensuring they receive theoretical support linked to the practice experience. Learning will be directed through teaching materials related to the indicative content provided via a dedicated website. Relevant documents will be provided in hard copy and electronically via the website. Tutorial support will be provided via email and telephone from a named member of the course team.

 

Course Aims:

ASP Part I

ASP Part II

  • Provide theoretical support to the competency-based training and support for practitioners working in the Perioperative environment who will undertake the role of Advanced Scrub Practitioner
  • Provide a structured approach to building knowledge and skills that will enable individual practitioners to develop a portfolio of evidence in support of the clinical skills they undertake as part of an Advanced Scrub Practitioner role.
  • Enable critical examination of the delivery of evidence-based care for the patient undergoing surgery that involves assistance provided by a non-medically qualified practitioner.
  • Promote the development of a critical understanding of the professional, ethical and legal implications of extended their role as an Advanced Scrub Practitioner.
  • Facilitate an appreciation of risk management, professional and legal accountability and role conflicts that may arise when undertaking the Advanced Scrub Practitioner role.
  • Provide structured theoretical direction for practitioners expanding their practice and developing clinical intervention skills within the context of surgery in the modern healthcare service.
  • Provide a safe and systematic method of continued role development and practical skills acquisition.
  • Promote good evidence-based practice to a common standard that both supplements and informs the concurrent experience in practice.
  • Facilitate an appreciation of risk management, professional and legal accountability and role conflicts that may arise when undertaking the Advanced Scrub Practitioner role with extended skills.

 

 

Course Outcomes:

ASP Part I

ASP Part II

  • Initiate, manage and evaluate the care of the patient provided by non-medical assistants within the operating department
  • Integrate knowledge of anatomy and pathophysiology to ensure safe and effective care of the patient during surgery.
  • Competently and safely carry out skilled procedures when assisting the surgeon in the operating department.
  • Critically evaluate and promote research based changes in the delivery of care within the perioperative environment
  • Rationalise the need for risk assessment and guidelines for new roles and complete a risk assessment of the Advanced Scrub Practitioner role within their own unit
  • Critically examine the issues of accountability, responsibility and role limitations within the changing practice across professional boundaries.
  • Demonstrate greater understanding of the responsibilities and liabilities of the practitioner utilising these skills
  • Utilise evidence to articulate rationales for particular practices and methods of working appropriate to the extended skills for the Advanced Scrub Practitioner
  • Demonstrate effective knot-tying and suturing
  • Appropriately discuss and correctly select appropriate suture materials according to procedure and tissues
  • Recognise the implications and potential complications of local anaesthesia

 

 

Content:

ASP Part I

ASP Part II

  • PEP Course documentation
  • Professional & Legal Issues Related to Expanded Practice
  • Exploring The Role of the Advanced Scrub Practitioner
  • Guidelines, Protocols, and Risk Management
  • Introduction to a Practice Log
  • Reflective Practice
  • The Principles of Retraction & Tissue Exposure
  • Preparation and Draping the Surgical Patient
  • Positioning the Surgical Patient
  • Anatomy & Physiology (key concepts, Skin, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, nervous systems)
  • Principles of Pathology
  • Physiology of Wound Healing
  • Surgical Wound Dressings
  • The Principles of Electrosurgery
  • The Principles of Minimal Access Surgery
  • Pre- and Post-Operative Visiting & Patient Centre Care
  • Male & Female Catheterisation
  • The Principles of the Consent Process & Treatment: 
  • Tourniquet management
  • The PEP Course Documentation
  • Professional & Legal Issues Related to Extending your practice
  • Introduction to a Logbook
  • Additional Advanced Scrub Practitioner Syllabus and Competencies related to the new skills and Portfolio of Evidence
  • Langer's lines and detailed anatomy of the skin
  • Maintaining haemostasis, including knot tying and the application of diathermy
  • Fixation of surgical drains
  • Local anaesthetic wound infiltration.
  • Superficial Wound closure and complications
  • Additional Advanced Scrub Practitioner optional skills

 

Course Costs

 

Course

Courses Cost

Course A: 30 Credits
Advanced Scrub Practitioner Part I course

£995.00

Course B: 30 Credits
Advanced Scrub Practitioner Part II Course inc. KISS course

£995.00

Course C: 60 Credits
Advanced Scrub Practitioner course with extended skills incl. KISS course

£1995.00

 

Course D: 30 Credits
Advanced Scrub Practitioner Part II Course exclusive of KISS course

(please note, the KISS course is compulsory, however some students will have already undertaking this course)

£595.00

Advanced Scrub Practitioner Refresher Course

£95.00

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