Fundamentals of Anaesthesia

This module is the first of two modules designed primarily for nurses and other health professionals who do not currently practice in anaesthetic care but wish to do so.

This module provides a basis in anaesthetic theory and practice, enabling the student to acquire essential competencies and a deeper understanding of associated concepts, which are built upon in the second module.

Sessions include:

  • Anaesthetic agents
  • Airway management at various levels
  • Neuromuscular drugs and ventilators.
  • Human factors
  • Simulations

Specific placements for this module are ENT, General Surgery and Orthopaedics or their equivalent.

The module is designed primarily for students who have a theatre nursing or ODP, theatre recovery and ITU background.

This module must be taken as the first module for any practitioners wishing to practice clinically within anaesthetic care. This will then be followed by the NMAH 3326 Enhancing Anaesthetic Care module, for those wishing to practice anaesthetics clinically.

Students require a Consultant Anaesthetist Mentor and a Clinical Practice Mentor for both modules. Clinical Practice Mentors must hold a recognised anaesthetic qualification which includes those below:

  • NMAH 3330 and NMAH 3326 Fundamentals of and Enhancing Anaesthesia or equivalent
  • ENB 176 Principles of Operating Department Nursing
  • ENB 182 Anaesthetics
  • ENB 183 Anaesthetic and Operating Department Nursing
  • ODP Dip HEI’s/ODP Degree
  • C&G 752 NVQ Level 3 ODP

Entry Criteria

  • Effective registration with the NMC / HPC or other relevant professional body. ESSENTIAL
  • Undertaken successful level 4/5 academic study. ESSENTIAL
  • Currently be employed in practice and have the support of their manager in undertaking the module. ESSENTIAL
  • Have a named mentor in clinical practice throughout the duration of the module. ESSENTIAL

How to apply

Online Application Forms and Guidance Information

Key information

Module Category: NMAH
Module Code: 3330
Module Credits: 30
Module Level: 6

Module leader

Ally Ackbarally
T: 0116 257 7468


Semester 1:

This module runs once in the academic year in Semester 1:

  • 09.00 - 16.00 Monday 1 October 
  • 09.00 - 16.00 Monday 15 October 
  • 09.00 - 16.00 Monday 29 October 
  • 09.00 - 16.00 Monday 5 November 
  • 09.00 - 16.00 Monday 26 November 
  • 09.00 - 16.00 Monday 10 Decemebr
  • 09.00 - 13.00 Tuesday 11 December 

Return to study

This is a degree-level module in which you will be expected to produce assessed work at degree-level standard.

If it is sometime since you undertook other kinds of academically assessed work, you will be well advised to consider undertaking some self-directed academic updating around returning to study.

More information can be found here


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