The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Health (Perioperative Care — Surgical Support) at level 3 develops the knowledge and skills needed for working in a healthcare environment. Perioperative care is the term used for three phases of surgery — preoperative (before the operation) intraoperative (during the operation) and postoperative (after the operation) and can also be described as anaesthetic, surgical and recovery.
This qualification focuses on surgical support, which involves looking after vital theatre equipment, eg oxygen cylinders, and ensuring that operating areas are clean and tidy. As patients could be very ill or anxious, being able to communicate in a reassuring manner is an important skill for theatre support staff.
This SVQ comprises Units that have been developed by Skills for Health (the sector skills body for health care) based on the National Occupational Standards for health and social care. This ensures that patients receive the best possible conditions and level of care, during all stages of surgery.
As this qualification contains a number of practical Units, a job or placement in the sector is essential.
This qualification is available through training providers and colleges.
The SVQ in Health (Perioperative Care — Surgical Support) at level 3 will meet the employment needs of health support workers.
The qualification provides candidates with the knowledge and skills to enable them to develop practical health care and general related skills.
The SVQ in Health (Perioperative Care — Surgical Support) is suitable for candidates working in health care support roles within a hospital or community setting.
Entry is at the discretion of the centre. The nature of the qualification is such that candidates should be in a work role or placement which will allows them to demonstrate competence in practical tasks.
There are opportunities for progression to other Health SVQs.
Centres with devolved authority are eligible to seek approval through their own internal approval process.
Centres without devolved authority will have to come forward for approval and should contact the Business Development Team for guidance in completing the combined CA1/SA1 form.
Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA's general requirements as outlined in the guide to approval.
Assessment is of competence demonstrated in the workplace.
Assessment is integrated with delivery and focuses on evidence of carrying out work activities.
Group Award code: G7WC 23
To achieve the SVQ in Health (Perioperative Care — Surgical Support) at level 3 candidates are required to complete 12 mandatory Units.