Anaesthetic Practitioner Part 1

Key information

Start date:
08 May 2023
Attendance dates:

08, 09, 10 May 2023

10, 11, 12 July 2023

Kate Granger Building, 30 Priestley Road, Surrey Research Park, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7YH

Depending on the subject and content, modules will mainly be delivered via a combination of face-to-face and online.

Some modules may be taught at: Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH
Contact details:
  • Level
    6 (undergraduate)
  • Credits
  • Module code

Module aims

This module aims to develop safe, competent and confident anaesthetic practitioners who can underpin their practice with appropriate evidence in a range of surgical specialities.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Critically analyse the anatomical and physiological measurements associated with patients undergoing anaesthesia and evaluate the outcomes.
  • Identify and examine the pharmacokinetics of peri-anaesthesia drugs.
  • Utilise theoretical, experiential and research based knowledge to effectively manage the patient during all emergency procedures.
  • Evaluate the issues of accountability, responsibility and role limitations within professional boundaries for the anaesthetic practitioner and future anaesthetic practice.
  • Develop an understanding of the fundamental concepts of patient safety during anaesthesia and the impact of national and local anaesthesia practitioner policies to your practice.
  • Achieve and apply competencies within the anaesthetic care practitioner's role.

Course content

Indicative module content includes:

Principles of anaesthetic care practice

  • Pre-operative assessment
  • Preparation for anaesthesia
  • Physiological parameters and airway management
  • Regional and local anaesthesia; homeostasis of respiration
  • Evaluating anaesthetic care.

Health, safety and risk

  • Risk assessment
  • Infection control
  • Correct site surgery
  • Patient positioning.

Law and ethics

  • Consent
  • Legal issues and accountability
  • Specialist skills and role expectations
  • Competency frameworks
  • Specialist skills and core competencies
  • Critical evaluation
  • Care planning - opportunities and considerations
  • Action planning - short, medium and long term objectives.

Learning and teaching methods

For the 2022/23 curriculum, our CPD modules will be delivered using hybrid learning. This means that depending on the subject and content of learning and teaching, modules will mainly be delivered via a combination of face to face and online delivery, as this has worked really well for our practice-based colleagues. A couple of modules will be delivered solely online, however for most modules face to face contact time and attendance at the university will be required.

Learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Scenarios
  • Online tutorials
  • E-learning.


  • Skills Assessment
  • Portfolio.

Course leader

Simon Bettles

Lead for Simulation Education

Reading list

Take a look at the module reading list.

Entry requirements

  • Ability to study at level 6
  • Professional registration as a healthcare professional:
    • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
    • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • You must be working in a clinical area that allows you to meet the learning outcomes.

This module is the first of two modules that must be completed:

  1. Anaesthetic Practitioner Part 1 (HCR3001)
  2. Anaesthetic Practitioner Part 2 (HCR3002).

Fees and funding


How to apply

Please download and fill in an application form. 

Please note: 

  1. Applications typically close four weeks before the start of the module or earlier if we reach a maximum number of applications. If we still have spaces on the course, we may extend the application deadline date.
  2. It is important to ensure that you complete all sections and answer all questions, incomplete forms will cause a delay and may result in you missing out on an available place.
  3. If you are registered on a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course then you will need to complete an application form for each CPD module you wish to apply for.

Send your completed application to

Terms and conditions

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If your sponsoring healthcare provider is funding you for this module, by submitting an application you agree to allow all information regarding your module (for example your exam results) to be shared with the sponsoring provider.

Cancellation policy

If you withdraw less than seven days before the module commences or do not attend on the first day (without informing the module administrator) the full cost of the module will be charged. Withdrawals after the module commences will also be charged.

Module availability

Places are confirmed approximately one month before the module start date. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps. 


Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to module content) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the module. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a module with us. Read the full disclaimer.

Course location and contact details

Campus location

Kate Granger Building

Our Graduate Entry Medicine degree, health sciences, nursing and midwifery courses are taught at the Kate Granger Building (30 Priestley Road), on the Surrey Research Park.

Additional information

Depending on the subject and content, modules will mainly be delivered via a combination of face-to-face and online. Some modules may be taught at: Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH.
Post-registration Administration team

University of Surrey
Surrey GU2 7XH