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Faculty of Health, Science, Social Care and Education


NW7010 [Module]

Anaesthetic Practice

Academic Level:


30 Credits

This module can contribute to the following programmes

Intake Dates

Start Date 

12 Sep 2023 (Intake Closed)

Apply by: 29 Aug 2023



12 Sep 2023 (On Campus) | 19 Sep 2023 (Skills day) | 26 Sep 2023 (Online) | 03 Oct 2023 (On Campus) | 10 Oct 2023 (Skills day) | 17 Oct 2023 (On Campus) | 24 Oct 2023 (Skills day) | 31 Oct 2023 (On Campus) | 07 Nov 2023 (Online) | 14 Nov 2023 (Online)

Course details

This is an option module within the MSc Healthcare Practice programme and may also be taken as a free-standing module. The module is suitable for registered healthcare professionals working in the perioperative environment who wish to develop a career in anaesthetics to enhance the care given to patients in the operating department.



The module will develop the clinical skills and knowledge base needed to be an innovative, competent, confident, and resilient practitioner in all aspects of anaesthetic care.


What and how you will learn on this module


How you will learn:

This module is delivered using a blended learning approach which integrates a variety of on-campus and online activities, supported by Canvas, the University’s virtual learning environment. A complementary range of activities are employed to engage you in the critical exploration of key topic areas, and the completion of formative tasks during the module also helps to keep you on track with the learning and gain feedback on your understanding of the content. A sense of community is developed and maintained with frequent opportunities for peer learning, enabling you to share your practice experiences and to learn from each other. Level 6 and level 7 students taking this module may be taught together.

Academic writing and critical thinking skills are developed through ‘The Critical Thinking Skills Toolkit’ and other academic practice activities embedded within the module, that have been designed to nurture the skills needed to facilitate you to become a thoughtful, objective and reasoned thinker. This will help you tackle the assignment(s) confidently, understand marking criteria, use evidence, take a reasoned approach, make structured arguments and engage with other points of view. 


What you will learn:

• Role of the anaesthetic nurse

• Non-technical skills in the operating department

• Ethical legal issues in perioperative environment

• Anaesthetic equipment

• Anaesthetic pharmacology

• Airway assessment and airway management

• Specialty anaesthesia (e.g. paediatric, obstetrics, cardiac, neuro, bariatrics)

• Regional anaesthesia

• Advanced airway management

• Emergency in anaesthesia.


Academic practice

• Database searching

• Referencing and avoiding plagiarism

• Critical Thinking Skills Toolkit.


 Course length: 6 teaching days



  1. Critical appraisal of literature and Competency assessment documentation
  2. Critical appraisal of literature (4,000 words)

Learning outcomes

Reflect critically on the complexity of the role of the anaesthetic Nurse working within the multidisciplinary team.

Articulate a deep understanding of the wider ethical, legal and professional issues which influence the provision of patient care in anaesthesia.

Apply advanced clinical reasoning and decision-making skills in managing the care of the patient undergoing anaesthesia.

Synthesise and integrate contemporary theoretical discourses from a wide range of appropriate resources to inform anaesthetic practice and care of the patients.

Demonstrate technical expertise and in-depth understanding in the care of different and complex patient groups from a variety of surgical settings using anaesthesia.

Apply systematic and in-depth knowledge of pathophysiology to inform anaesthetic practice and recognise potential complications arising from anaesthetics and/or surgery.

Course Information


Course Leader



Course delivery

Kingston WFD Admissions Team

Lee Lui

Blended Learning. On-Campus sessions subject to change. If government advice changes, we may need to update our plans. If we do so, we will update this information, and will keep current students and offer holders informed by email.


Course pre-requisites

Programme entry requirements.

Six months experience working in a suitable perioperative environment and, preferably, the completion of an in-house perioperative foundation training programme.

Co-requisites: Practitioners should be on the anaesthetic rota full-time at the beginning of the module.




Self-funding students will need to make a one-off payment for the module via our secure payment portal before the online enrolment process.


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