1 months
Duration
Unknown
Tuition fee
Unknown
Unknown
Apply date
Unknown
Unknown
Start date

About

Explore perioperative medicine and how you can improve care for the high risk surgical patient. Join this RCoA endorsed Perioperative Medicine in Action course from UCL by FutureLearn.

Visit the official programme website for more information

Overview

Too many patients die or suffer prolonged complications following surgery.

Perioperative medicine is an emerging, multi-disciplinary approach which seeks to optimise the care of high-risk surgical patients. It encompasses disciplines such as anaesthetics, surgery, nursing, elderly care, physiotherapy and healthcare management.

In this RCoA-endorsed course, developed by anaesthetists at University College London (UCL) Hospitals, you’ll learn the key concepts you need to improve patient safety and reduce healthcare costs.

By the end of the Perioperative Medicine in Action course from UCL by FutureLearn , you'll be able to:

  • Justify the need for better, more holistic care for the high risk surgical patient, to improve outcomes and reduce healthcare costs.
  • Engage with risk assessment tools to characterise and quantify the risk of an individual undergoing a particular procedure.
  • Demonstrate the need for protocolised care pathways and evaluate the success of the enhanced recovery programmes in reducing variance in practice.
  • Describe the major challenges in delivering perioperative medicine for the elderly.
  • Discuss the current economic pressure on healthcare systems and how perioperative medicine can be used to reduce these pressures.

Programme Structure

What topics will you cover?

Week 1: The surgical epidemic

  • Defining the high-risk surgical patient and the need to change the way we care for them
  • An introduction to perioperative medicine and the Royal College of Anaesthetists vision for improved perioperative care
  • New perioperative care pathways
Week 2: Risk assessment and shared decision-making?
  • The role of risk assessment and risk assessment tools including cardiopulmonary exercise testing and risk scoring systems
  • Shared decision-making: what it is, why it is so important and how to achieve it.
Week 3: Protocols in surgical care
  • The principles of enhanced recovery
  • How healthcare professionals and patients can engage with protocols
  • Protocols in the care of the emergency surgical patient
Week 4: An age old problem
  • The unique perioperative problems of the elderly
  • How to improve perioperative care for the elderly
  • The current economic climate and how perioperative medicine is the value proposition

Key information

Duration

  • Part-time
    • 1 months

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.

Language

English

Delivered

Online
  • Self-paced
  • No Attendance
  • Proactive tutoring and support
  • Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • This RCoA endorsed course is aimed at all interested healthcare professionals, both medical and allied health professionals. 
  • This would include anaesthetists, surgeons, care-of-the-elderly physicians, pre-assessment nurses, surgical ward nurses, operating department staff, physiotherapists and medical managers, emphasising that enhanced care and improved outcomes depend on a multidisciplinary approach.

Tuition Fee

Additional benefits can be reached via the Unlimited FutureLearn product. 

Visit official programme website

Funding

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Fresh content

Updated in the last 9 months

Check the official programme website for potential updates.

Perioperative Medicine in Action
-
FutureLearn

Wishlist

Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!