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Perioperative Medicine in Action

Explore perioperative medicine and how you can improve care for the high risk surgical patient. Join this RCoA endorsed course.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Perioperative Medicine in Action

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Make a difference: Improve patient outcomes with perioperative medicine

Too many patients die or suffer prolonged complications following surgery.

Perioperative medicine is an emerging, multi-disciplinary approach, which tackles this issue, by optimising the care of high-risk surgical patients. It encompasses disciplines including anaesthetics, surgery, nursing, care of the elderly, physiotherapy and healthcare management.

This RCoA-endorsed course - developed by anaesthetists at University College London (UCL) Hospitals - covers all things perioperative medicine. You’ll learn the key concepts you need to improve patient safety and reduce healthcare costs.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 8 secondsHello. I'm Dr. Abigail Whiteman. And I'm an anaesthetic consultant at UCLH and education lead for the UCL Perioperative Medicine master's programme. Hi. I'm Dr. Phil Sherrard. And I'm the perioperative education fellow in the perioperative medicine department, here at UCL. Every year, over 300 million surgical procedures are undertaken around the world. One in five surgical patients will suffer a major complication, which can result in poor patient outcomes, prolonged length of hospital stay, a potentially permanent reduction in quality of life, and possibly death.

Skip to 0 minutes and 44 seconds There is a subgroup of people, including those with chronic medical conditions or the frail elderly, who suffer complications disproportionately when seeking their surgical cure, they make up just 13% of the surgical population, yet account for 80% of all perioperative deaths. We know many of these complications and deaths are avoidable. Perioperative medicine is the practise of multidisciplinary and integrated medical care that aims to optimise the care of a high-risk surgical patient by providing a clearer pathway of care, from the moment the patient is considered for surgery until they are fully recovered.

Skip to 1 minute and 22 seconds Perioperative medicine is being championed by the Royal College of Anaesthetists and supported by the other medical and nursing colleges, patient bodies, and the NHS to help provide a safer and more cost-effective perioperative journey. For this course, we have assembled an exciting, internationally recognised faculty from over 20 world-renowned institutions to help you understand your role in the perioperative pathway and discover how you can begin to improve care for your patients. This MOOC is offered free and is designed for anyone interested in finding out more about perioperative medicine. It's for all health care professionals-- anaesthetists, surgeons, geriatricians, preassessment nurses, ward nurses, physicians, theatre staff, general practitioners, and medical managers.

Skip to 2 minutes and 13 seconds So please do sign up today for this free four-week course all about perioperative medicine in action, and become part of the solution for tomorrow.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, 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.

Who is the course for?

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.

Healthcare professionals might find the the Certificate of Achievement for this course useful for providing evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD), or commitment to their career.

Although some of the statistics and guidelines are UK specific, the key concepts and learning aims are relevant at an international level.

Endorsed by

Who will you learn with?

Philip Sherrard

Phil is an anaesthetic registrar at University College London Hospitals and also the education fellow in perioperative medicine.

Abigail Whiteman

Abigail is a consultant in anaesthesia and perioperative medicine at University College London Hospitals. She is also a faculty member of the UCL Perioperative Medicine Masters Programme.

Who developed the course?

UCL was founded in 1826. It was the first English university established after Oxford and Cambridge, and the first to open up university education to those previously excluded from it.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

Find out more

Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $69 you’ll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

A Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your Linkedin or CV

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete.