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Postoperative Care (eLearning)

What you'll learn

Providing better postoperative care will help to minimise complications and optimise surgical outcomes. Regardless of your specialty interest, this module will broaden your knowledge of the assessment and management of common postoperative conditions.

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  • 10 PG Cert credits
  • 0.0 CPD Points: TBC
10 PG Cert credits
0.0 CPD Points: TBC
Standard fee £400.00
Member Discount 10 %: £360.00
PGCert Student Discount 15%: £340.00
  • Take this course as part of PG Cert in Surgery for £340 (15% discount) or if you are an RCS member for £360 (10% discount)
  • You will have access to this module for 6 months, which you can extend for an additional 6 months for £130.
  • Upon completion of your module, you will obtain a certificate of completion for this module. 
  • Please take a look at our Terms & Conditions if you need to cancel your access to this module.

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This module is run through RCS e-learning as a standalone module, part of a course or part of a PG certification.

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If you're are taking this module independantly or as part of a course you can access your progress and continue the module via RCS e-learning.

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Independent module or blended learning

If you're are taking this module independantly or as part of a course you can access your progress and continue the module via RCS e-learning.

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Via PG Certification

If you're are taking this module as part of the PG certification you can view your progress and continue the module via the PG cert dashboard.

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Suitability

You can take this module as part of the PGCert in Surgery, designed for FY1-2 & CT1-2.

You can also take this module as a standalone online course at any stage of your career.


To be eligible, candidates need to have successfully completed an undergraduate medical degree and have access to an Educational / Clinical Supervisor.

Learning outcomes

Topics you will cover include:

  • The management of common postoperative complications
  • Fluid balance in the postoperative period
  • Postoperative nutrition
  • Analgesia
  • The principles of enhanced recovery
  • Haemorrhage and blood transfusion

After completing this Postoperative Care module, you will be able to:

  • Assess and manage common postoperative complications
  • Describe the principles of postoperative fluid balance
  • Identify the principles of postoperative nutritional support and its complications
  • Competently prescribe postoperative analgesia
  • Describe the pathophysiology of the surgical stress response and its adverse effects in the postoperative period
  • Describe enhanced recovery pathways and their role in mitigating the surgical stress response
  • Explain the implications of haemorrhage and the principles of blood transfusion

Format

This is an interactive online module within the innovative RCS eLearning platform. This format means you can study using any device, whenever and wherever it suits you.

 You will also take part in work place based assessments (WPBA), giving you the chance to demonstrate your knowledge and skills in practice.

 You will have access to this module for 6 months, which you can also extend.

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Receive PGCert credits for successfully completing selected courses. (The range of courses and dates are subject to availability).

 

CCrISP Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient (4 credits)

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This course is suitable for: CT 1-2.

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You will be awarded 4 PGCert in Surgery credits upon successful completion of this course

Specialty Skills in Emergency Surgery and Trauma (SSET) (4 credits)

This two-day course will provide you with comprehensive knowledge and techniques to competently manage a wide variety of emergency on-call trauma situations.

Suitable for grades FY2 and CT 1-2

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You will be awarded 4 PGCert in Surgery credits upon successful completion of this course

Applied Basic Surgical Sciences for the Intercollegiate MRCS OSCE (5 credits)

This popular and comprehensive five-day course focuses on preparing surgical trainees for the Intercollegiate MRCS Part B objective structured clinical exam (IMRCS OSCE).

Completing this course will leave you well prepared to approach the OSCE with confidence.

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You will be awarded 5 PGCert in Surgery credits upon successful completion of this course

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Our location

The education team is based in the main RCS building in London. To visit us, take one of the lifts opposite the Council Room to Floor 4. Our reception area will be directly in front of you.

Location

The Royal College of Surgeons of England

35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields

London

WC2A 3PE