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Anaesthetics Principles and Practice

  • Study Mode: Part Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: 24 Weeks
  • Start Date: September 2023 and January 2024
This short course will help you develop the skills and knowledge needed to successfully undertake the role of a Surgical Module. This module runs twice per year, with intakes in September and January.
Our lecturers maintain clinical currency by working in practice to ensure you receive the most up-to-date insights and training.
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Application guide

Want to enhance your skills with one of our short courses? To apply for one of our Continuing Professional Development courses, please use our application portal. If you are being funded as part of an NHS contract, please apply through our dedicated NHS application portal.

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Fees and Funding

Covering the costs of your professional development may now be easier than you think. There are many ways you can fund your course, such as employer/NHS sponsorship. There is also the option to pay in instalments to help spread the cost. 

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Bespoke training

Our wealth of experience and expertise enables us to offer bespoke training programmes. These programmes can be taught on-site to organisations who require a specific area of care to be addressed.

Credits: 30 credits at Level 6 and 7.

Why study this subject?

This course will help enhance your skills and understanding of anaesthetics principles and practice.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

BNU has a long history of training nurses and giving them the skills and practice-based experience they need to provide excellent patient care.

This course tackles area of anaesthetic practice including:

  • Role in the perioperative team
  • Holistic care and management of the patient during the perioperative journey
  • Anaesthetic types – General, Regional and Local
  • Management of the difficult airway
  • Care of the paediatric patient in anaesthesia
  • Deteriorating patient assessment and management
  • Anaesthetic machine, monitoring and related devices
  • Anatomy and physiology related to anaesthesia and patient care e.g. respiratory system and temperature control
  • Pharmacology and medication in anaesthesia
  • Patient care requirements i.e. Individualised patient care, patient positioning, maintaining normothermia
  • Specialist and advancing practice in anaesthesia
  • Assessment and management of changing physiology
  • Invasive monitoring
  • Understanding and managing pain
  • Transferring patients between clinical environments
  • Human factors within the operating theatre
  • Clinically relevant simulation to enhance key topics

Throughout the course you'll have the opportunity to reflect on and analyse the care offered and use evidence to increase your understanding of the professional issues and inter-professional teamwork in this specialty area.

What are the course entry requirements?

60 credit points at Level Five or Level Six, or demonstration of competence to work both clinically and academically and a minimum of one year's experience in the Perioperative environment i.e. anaesthetics, theatre or recovery support.

What are the tuition fees


Home and EU, Academic Year 2022 - 2023


Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

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