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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Health & Social Care Short Name: FSE
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator: GRIMMETT ND Ms (HSC)
Number of credits: 40 Number of ECTS credits: 20
Module Availability

Semester 1
Assessment Pattern
Method of assessment:

Assessment 1 – Essay of 2500 words 50%
An essay on how infection control and the theatre environment impact on a patient undergoing surgery.

Assessment 2 – Portfolio of practice evidence 50%
Portfolio of practice evidence: this will provide evidence of skills and reflections from the practice setting. The portfolio will provide evidence of observed practice by mentors, and other health care professionals. Further evidence of knowledge will come from practice diary and reading logs.

Module Overview


Principles of Professional Practice module.

Module Aims
To develop the students skills, knowledge and understanding of the differing roles and practices within the Operating Department. In this module the student will be introduced to a range of practical skills including reception of patients, basic surgical specialities, surgical equipment, and environmental considerations including control of infection, health & safety and aseptic technique
Learning Outcomes
The figures in parentheses (xy) after each learning outcome relate to the HPC ‘Standards of Proficiency’

By the end of the module the student should be able to:

Professional Practice Skills

1. Receive and check patients into the perioperative environment providing relevant and appropriate information that the patient and practitioners can utilise. (1b.5)
2. Participate as a member of the peri-operative team, across a number of surgical specialities, to include receiving, handling and dispatching clinical specimens. (1b.2, 1b.3, 3a.1)
3. Demonstrate principles of infection control (standard precautions) including aseptic technique, environment cleaning, considering potential sources of contamination within the peri-operative environment including sterilisation/disinfection methods. (3a.1)
4. Maintain a safe environment for patients and staff. (3a.3)

Values and Attitudes

9 Demonstrate an effective range of communication skills and practice in a non discriminatory manner. (1a.2)
10 Practice in a professional and empathic manner with a duty of care. (1a.4)

Knowledge and Understanding

11 Explain the principles of asepsis and standard precautions within the peri-operative environment. (3a.1)
12 Describe the principles of wound care and use of dressings and drains. (3a.1)
13 Discuss the fundamental principles of differing surgical specialities and the surgical equipment associated with them. (3a.1)
14 Discuss the acceptable environmental levels in the operating department and their relation to fundamental scientific principles and aspects of theatre design. (3a.1)
15 Describe the different methods of sterilisation and disinfection for equipment and instrumentation. (3a.1)
16 Distinguish between levels of cleanliness required within the operating department and the types of materials and waste classification. (3a.3)
17 Identify the different types of clinical specimens and the individual requirements for preparation, handling and dispatch. (3a.1)
18 Discuss factors which affect the manual handling of patients to meet individual care needs during clinical procedures. (3a.3)

Cognitive Skills

19 Explain how the use of communication theories can be used in practice.(1b.4)
20 Discuss information from different sources relating to the surgical environment including implications that infection has on both staff and patients. (3a.1, 3a.3)

Key Skills

17. Communicate in an appropriate manner across a range of clinical and professional situations. (1b.4)
18. Work effectively as a member of a team and meet obligations to others. (1b.3)
19. With appropriate support, identify specific learning needs using a learning agreement within the practice portfolio, evaluating own strengths and weaknesses against criteria set by others. (1a.8)
20. Manage and collect data from a range of sources. (2a.1, 2a.4)
21. Use the concept of reflection for writing a reflective account (2c.2)
Module Content
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Selected Texts/Journals


Atkinson L J, Fortunato N H (2007) Berry & Kohn’s Operating Room Technique (11th edn). Mosby, St. Louis, Missouri

Davey A, Ince C (2004) Fundamentals of Operating Department Practice. Greenwich Medical Media Ltd, London

Gibbs G (1988) Learning by Doing: A Guide to Teaching and Learning Methods. Oxford Education Unit, Oxford

Hughes S, Mardell A (2009) Oxford Handbook of Peri-operative Practice, Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Jasper M (2003) Beginning Reflective Practice. Nelson Thornes, Cheltenham.

Meeker M H, Rothroch C K (2003) Alexander’s Care of the Patient in Surgery (12th edn). Mosby, St Louis, Missouri
Wilson, J (2006) Infection Control in Clinical Practice (3rd edn). Balliere Tindall, London

Journal titles
Nursing Standard
Nursing Times
Journal of Operating Department Practice
Journal of Peri-operative Practice

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Last Updated

27TH JULY 2010