Training and development (theatre nursing)
This page has information on the training and development opportunities in theatre nursing.
After qualifying as nurse, you need to be committed to learning and always keep your skills and knowledge up to date.
To maintain your registration to practise with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, you’ll need to go through the process of revalidation.
The process is straightforward and will help you as a nurse or midwife to demonstrate that you practise safely and effectively. You will have to revalidate every three years to renew your registration.
There are a number of courses in operating theatre/perioperative available in the UK. These are open to nurses in employment. They are at Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE), degree and Masters levels and often on a part-time basis. Information on these courses is available on the Association for Perioperative Practice website.
You’ll have several options to progress your career in theatre nursing, including management, education, research and advanced practice. With experience, you might be able to reach consultant nurse who are some of the highest paid nurses in the profession.
Experienced theatre nurses can also take training to work as surgical care practitioners. After a typical two-year training programme, you’ll be able to complete certain surgical procedures under the supervision of a consultant surgeon.
NHS Leadership Academy
The NHS Leadership Academy runs a number of programmes to support nurses into leadership roles including the Mary Seacole programme. They also offer a programme purely for frontline nurses and midwives to help develop their skills and build confidence. More information on the NHS Leadership Academy and its programmes.
Education and training roles
Education, training the professional development of the next generation of nurses is vital to delivery of patient care. Nurses can get involved through a number of roles:
- practice educators
- Preceptors Expand / Collapse
Preceptors offer guidance and support to newly qualified nurses. They will be qualified practitioners and normally have experience in the area of practice as the practitioner requiring support.
- Mentors Expand / Collapse
Mentors or assessors are responsible for a range of activity and learning for student nurses, such as the quality of the learning in a practice setting and the assessment of a student’s competence.
- Practice educators Expand / Collapse
Practice educators lead the teaching and development in the practical setting rather than the theoretical setting which would be led by a lecturer. The practice educator will provide guidance and support to mentors involved with students and will provide a link between the practice setting and the higher education institution.
- Lecturers Expand / Collapse
The lecturer is responsible for classroom teaching in higher education institutions. The role is similar to that of the practice educator in the practice environment and both roles have equal standing.