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The Faculty of Perioperative Care

Providing Professional Development Support for Perioperative Practitioners

Charles Auld, Faculty of Perioperative Care Lead

25 April 2017


In my last blog, I spoke about how important it is for us as a relatively new Faculty to meet with perioperative practitioners to gain an understanding of what perioperative practitioners are looking for in terms of professional development and support.

I am pleased that since launching the Faculty, we have developed and launched some bespoke courses targeted specifically at perioperative practitioners. It is important to recognise that attendance and signing off at three of these courses, in addition to a PG diploma (or evidence of an education or training role for the more established practitioner) could qualify perioperative practitioners for full Faculty membership and postnominals MFPCEd. Read more about our membership categories here

Last summer, the first set of courses designed for perioperative practitioners were run by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. These courses were Perioperative Care Practitioners Intraoperative Non-Technical Skills (PINTS), Leadership and Development and the Surgical Anatomy Study Day for Perioperative Practitioners (Principles of Surgical Anatomy). The feedback from the delegates who gave an overall rating of excellent was 100%, 73% and 93% respectively!

These courses are running again this May and June, the only difference being that the Perioperative Care Practitioners Intraoperative Non-Technical Skills (PINTS) course will be in the RCSEd Regional Centre in Birmingham to give opportunity to reach more prospective perioperative delegates from across the UK. These courses have also been accredited by The Association for Perioperative Practice (AfPP).

In addition, we held recently in March, a successful Perioperative Key Skills course, tailored predominantly for Surgical First Assistants (SFAs) but also Surgical Care Practitioners (SCPs) in the early part of their training. We have also had agreement that SCPs can attend one of the College’s 20 Basic Surgical Skills (BSS) courses, which are run globally by the College throughout the year.

We hope as the Faculty continues to grow, we will develop and expand our portfolio of courses. We welcome your suggestions and feedback on what professional development support you would like to see the Faculty offer. Please email fpc@rcsed.ac.uk