Surgical First Assistant

Key information

Start date: 10 May 2022

Attendance dates:

May 2022: 10, 17
June 2022: 14


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

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 enable you to increase your knowledge, understanding and clinical judgement in relation to providing competent and skilled assistance to the operating surgeon. You will be expected to carry out this role within the clinical governance framework.

This module will allow you to critically analyse practice in this area of healthcare.

You will be expected to carry out this role within the clinical governance framework. 


Course content

Indicative module content includes:

  • Principles of pathology
  • Wound healing and closure
  • Effective communication
  • Surgical haemostasis and retraction
  • Catherisation
  • Legal and ethical aspects related to extending practice
  • Clinical decision making
  • Human factors
  • Minimal access surgery
  • Clinical risk.


  • Portfolio consisting of competencies
  • Case study.

Course leader

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Nikki White

Senior Teaching Fellow

Entry requirements

This surgical first assistant role is an extended role for registered practitioners. 

You must have worked in the specialist area of operating theatres for two years and have an ability to work in the surgical first assistant role. You are also required to have the support of a consultant surgeon who can assess your surgical practice and an experienced practitioner who can assess your professional skills.

Fees and funding


How to apply

Please download and fill in an application form.

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.

Send your completed application back to us at the address or email included on the form.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations and our terms and conditions. You are also confirming you have read and understood the University's prospective student privacy notice.

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. 


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