Module code: HCR3002

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

TARRANT C Mrs (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits


ECTS Credits



FHEQ Level 6

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Lecture Hours: 33

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination EXAMINATION 100

Alternative Assessment

Not required.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Students must be registered with their respective professional bodies (NMC/HCPC). It is necessary for the student to be working in a clinical area that allows them to meet the learning outcomes. Anaesthetic practitioner part 1 is a pre requisite for this module.

Module overview

This module has been developed in order to facilitate the further development of knowledge, skills and underlying principles of safe and effective anaesthetic practice. It is designed to be inter-professional and is directed at practitioners working in the operating theatre participating in anaesthetic care. It enables them to develop the knowledge of pharmacological principles underlying the use of medicines in anaesthetic practice for a range of patient groups. Module content is selected and designed to meet the knowledge and skills required to practice anaesthetic care across a broad range of surgical specialties.

Module aims

This module aims to develop safe, competent and confident anaesthetic practitioners who can underpin their practice, in a range of clinical settings caring for clients across the lifespan with appropriate evidence

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Analyse the anatomical and physiological measurements associated with patients undergoing anaesthesia and evaluate the outcomes KCPT
2 Identify and examine the pharmacokinetics of peri-anaesthesia drugs KCPT
3 Utilise theoretical, experiential and research based knowledge to effectively maintain the patient's safety during all emergency procedures KCPT
4 Critically analyse and evaluate the medico legal and ethical dimensions associated with safe anaesthetic care KCPT
5 Initiate, manage and evaluate the research based care of the child/adult requiring anaesthesia, taking into account issues that are multifactorial KCPT
6 Achieve and apply competencies within the anaesthetic care practitioner's role demonstrating their understanding of the impact of national and local anaesthesia practitioner policies to their practice KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Principles of anaesthetic care practice:

physiological parameters and advanced airway management;
extended surgical anaesthesia;
paediatric anaesthesia;
obstetric anaesthesia;
reversal of anaesthesia; evaluating anaesthetic care;

Health, safety and risk:

complex risk assessment;

Law and ethics:

complex legal issues and accountability;

Specialist skills and role expectations:

competency frameworks;
specialist skills and core competencies;
critical evaluation;
complex care planning - opportunities and considerations;

action planning - short, medium and long term objectives.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Enable students to have a deep and systematic understanding of complex anaesthetic practice
Anaesthesia and patient safety within an organisational context
To draw upon their own experience to develop their understanding of the current evidence base for anaesthetic practitioner practice

The learning and teaching methods include:

On line tutorials
E learning

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge skills and practice on the equipment, techniques and drugs used in anaesthesia so as to be able to act as an anaesthetic practitioner in a range of patient group settings.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of several components

A practice portfolio and a summative examination

Formative assessment and feedback

Students will have formative assessment will include examination preparation with feedback in written form 

Students will receive formative feedback via:

·         Single or small group tutorials

·         Verbal discussion during contact time

Timely response to email or telephone questions

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Delivering Quality Healthcare BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.