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Faculty of Health, Science, Social Care and Education


NW7027 [Module]

Theatre Practice

Academic Level:


30 Credits

This module can contribute to the following programmes

Intake Dates

Start Date 

16 Apr 2024 (Available)

Apply by: 19 Mar 2024



16 Apr 2024 (On Campus) | 23 Apr 2024 (Online) | 30 Apr 2024 (Online) | 07 May 2024 (Skills day) | 14 May 2024 (Online) | 21 May 2024 (Online) | 28 May 2024 (On Campus) | 04 Jun 2024 (Online) | 11 Jun 2024 (Online) | 18 Jun 2024 (On Campus)

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 build on their knowledge and skills in theatre practice. The module will allow the practitioner to critically appraise and evaluate specialist, evidence-based knowledge and practice underpinning the issues and complexities of current theatre practice. The practitioner will be encouraged to be reflexive on their role and practice, and they will be able to develop their competencies and capabilities to utilise advanced specialist knowledge and skills in caring for the client undergoing surgery.



The module will enable students to develop advanced contemporary clinical skills and knowledge base in perioperative practice through research and innovation. It will develop competent, confident and resilient theatre practitioners.


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 theatre nurse

• Professional, ethico-legal issues in perioperative environment

• Principles of theatre practice (i.e. aseptic techniques, gowning/gloving/scrubbing)

• Wound care and management

• Patient care and safety in the operating theatres (i.e. patient positioning, laser surgery, electrosurgical equipment, bariatric care, elderly and paediatric care, robotic surgery)

• Risk assessment and management in operating theatres

• Minimal invasive surgery and robotic surgery

• Day surgery practice

• Non-technical skills and human factors.


Academic practice

• Database searching

• Referencing and avoiding plagiarism

• Critical Thinking Skills Toolkit


Course Length: 10 teaching days


Patient case scenario and Snapshot assessment document


Learning outcomes

Reflect critically on the complexity of the role of the theatre nurse working within the multidisciplinary team.

Apply comprehensive knowledge to the wider ethical, legal and professional issues which influence the provision of patient care in theatres.

Apply advanced clinical reasoning and decision-making skills in managing the care of the perioperative patients.

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

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

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

Co-requisites: Practitioners should be able to rotate through different surgical specialties within perioperative care.




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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