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Recovery - Postoperative Care in the Perioperative Environment

  • Study Mode: Part Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: 15 Weeks
  • Start Date: September 2022
BNU has a long history of training healthcare professionals, giving them the skills and practice-based experience they need to provide excellent patient care.
Led by our experienced and supportive staff, this module provides you with the skills and knowledge required to provide patient-focused care in the Post Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU) or Recovery 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 is designed for health practitioners working in the perioperative environment in the post anaesthetic care unit, who wish to extend their knowledge and skills in caring for patients who have had surgery and an anaesthetic.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

This module will help enhance your knowledge and skills in providing postoperative care in the perioperative environment.

There will be the opportunity to reflect on, and analyse the care offered, and use evidence to increase your understanding of the service provision, professional issues, and teamwork in this specialty area.

    What will I study?

    Key themes of the module include:

    • patient, safety, comfort and dignity
    • the 6Cs - care, compassion, courage, communication, commitment and competence
    • leadership
    • ley drivers and contemporary issues in practice.

    Over the 15 weeks, you will cover key skills and knowledge for practice, such as:

    • care planning to meet the patient's health and safety needs
    • structured assessment and management of changing physiology
    • advanced respiratory support
    • specialist and advanced practice in an acute recovery area
    • the holistic care and management of a patient during the recovery phases of the perioperative journey
    • anaesthesia and its effects
    • pharmacology relating to recovery
    • understanding and managing pain
    • management of postoperative nausea and vomiting
    • achieving and maintaining normothermia
    • identification and management of complications arising from anaesthesia and surgical interventions
    • transferring of patient between clinical environments
    • management of intravascular devices
    • anatomy and physiology related to surgery and anaesthesia
    • role of the recovery practitioner in the perioperative team.

    When will this course run?

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

    • 6, 13, 20, 27 October
    • 24 November
    • 8 December
    • 12, 19 January

    What are the course entry requirements?

    Registered health care professional with minimum 6 months experience.

    Support of the clinical manager and a suitably qualified mentor/assessor.

    Opportunity to work outside usual clinical area, if necessary, to gain specific clinical competence.

    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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