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Sample Course Structure

Here is an example of a typical HC Skills International course

Professional Award for Access to the Operating Theatre

Session 1 – Clinical Risk Management

  • Clinical Risk Management
  • Infection Control
  • Standard Precautions
  • Operating Room Personnel
  • Operating Room Environment & Zones
  • Personal Protection in the Clinical Environment
  • Entering Clinical Areas & Aseptic Technique

Session 2 – Practical Workshops in Clinical Areas

  • Assessing Risks and Analysing Hazards
  • Role Play
  • Etiquette and Protocol
  • Hand-wash/Scrubbing, Gowning and Gloving

Session 3 – Legal Implications

  • Legal Implications – personal, product, vicarious and employer
  • The Medical Device Regulations and Product Liability
  • The Patient – Working Towards a Professional Code of Practice
  • Consent and Confidentiality – legal rights
  • In-Service Training – ISO 1471
  • The Scope, Structure & Principles of the Medical Device Regulations & CE Marking
  • Post-market surveillance, vigilance and conformity assessment procedures
  • Adverse incident reporting
  • Duty of Care
  • Medical Negligence
  • Material contribution

Session 4 – Assessment Phase

  • Practical assessment (in Operating Room)
  • Preparing to Enter Operating Room
  • Entering the Sterile Field
  • Aseptic Technique
  • Written MCQ Theory Paper
  • Written Clinical Risk Management exercise

Programme schedule:

Day 1: 10am – 6pm   Day 2: 8am – 5.00pm

This programme is delivered by clinical professionals with the defining knowledge and experience. The course spans two full days and covers the following topics:

  • Theatre management and roles.
  • Respect for the patient and confidentiality.
  • Principles of safe practice.
  • Risks and potential hazards.
  • Health and safety requirements
  • Infection control and standard/universal precautions.
  • Relevant regulations.
  • Aseptic technique; scrubbing, gloving and gowning procedures.
  • Practical exercises in the operating theatre department.
  • A written, verbal and practical examination


There are two routes to the Theatre (OR) qualification:

  1. A two-day, fully taught course
  2. A one-day, fast-track course for experienced personnel. This is intended for medical device and pharmaceutical reps who have either more than three years’ experience or have attended/completed another theatre protocol and etiquette course.

One of our courses – which is for company representatives in hospitals working where patients are not present – is available to be completed exclusively online, although it includes an infection-control exercise that follows a practical format.

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