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PA500387: Surgery

[Page last updated: 03 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Credits: 15 CATS credits
Notional Study Hours: 150
Level: FHEQ level 7
Modular (no specific semester)
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Clinical & Work Based Portfolio (CW 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Learning Outcomes:
* Critically analyse and evaluate the pathophysiology of conditions related to surgery, the pharmacology of key medicines, and apply these to support optimisation of therapeutic selection, administration and monitoring in the perioperative care setting
* Use effective communication strategies to support patients (and carers, advocates, representatives) and healthcare professionals to make medicines optimisation decisions; taking into account patient views/beliefs/ICE (ideas, concerns, expectations)
* Identify, critically evaluate and apply key evidence sources in order to effect medicines optimisation outcomes within these clinical conditions
* Identify and employ effective patient activation strategies to support patients with these conditions
* Design enhancements to medicines and health services, including effective use of health resources, patient facing services and clinical governance structures
* Reflect on learning experiences, evaluate performance, and identify performance gaps within this clinical area to support ongoing development.

Aims: To update the underpinning knowledge of pharmacology, pathophysiology and peri-operative medicines optimisation to support the clinical management of patients undergoing surgical procedures.

* Clinical skills
* Study skills
* Written communication
* Working with others
* Scientific and practical skills
* Improving learning and performance
* Information and communication technology
* Problem solving.

* Pathophysiology of key conditions including:
- Supporting effective nutrition
- Thromboembolic Disease - treatment and prophylaxis
- Management of Infection, PONV (post operative nausea and vomiting) and surgical complications
- Pain, analgesia and the surgical patient
* Pharmacology, administration and monitoring of medicines used in the treatment of these conditions and other long term conditions, including perioperative management of medicines
* Drug-disease interactions specific to these conditions
* Pharmacoeconomic consideration of medicines optimisation
* Professional and ethical values
* Communication, negotiating and agreeing healthcare decisions
* Additional skills to support the delivery of enhancements to medicines and health services, including effective use of health resources, patient facing services and clinical governance structures.

Programme availability:

PA500387 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology


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