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Anaesthetics Principles and Practice

  • Study Mode: Part Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: 15 Weeks
  • Start Date: February 2022
Led by our experienced and supportive staff, this module provides you with the skills and knowledge required to provide patient-focused care during the anaesthetic phase of the perioperative journey.
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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 areas of anaesthetics including:

  • assessment and management of changing physiology
  • holistic care and management of a patient during the perioperative journey
  • invasive monitoring
  • anaesthetic types - regional, general and local
  • pharmacology and medication in anaesthesia
  • identification and management of complications, difficult airways or adverse events
  • patient care requirements i.e. maintaining normothermia, patient positioning
  • anatomy and physiology related to anaesthesia and patient care e.g. respiratory system and temperature control
  • role in the perioperative team
  • specialist and advancing practice in the anaesthetic
  • understanding and managing pain
  • anaesthetic machines, monitoring and devices
  • transferring patient between clinical environments
  • evaluate and critique evidence to inform practice
  • human factors in the operating theatre.

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.

When will this course run?

This course will run from 10am - 5pm on the following dates:     

  • 22, 23, 29 September
  • 6, 13, 20, 27 October
  • 3, 17, 24 November
  • 1, 8 December
  • 12, 19, 26 January

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 2021 - 2022


The University is unable to accept any new applications from students who require sponsorship for a student visa to start in September 2022. This is due to the overwhelming popularity of our courses and visa processing timeframes.  Applications are still being taken from students who are already in the UK and hold the right to study.

From September 2022, those students living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and EU nationals with settled status in the UK, will be considered Home students.

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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