SVQ in Health (Perioperative Care Anaesthetic/PACU Support) level 3
The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Health (Perioperative Care Anaesthetic/PACU 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 involves assisting in the support and monitoring of patients within the perioperative care environment, with a particular focus on anaesthetic support. PACU is the post anaesthesia care unit, where the patient is transferred to after the surgical procedure and anaesthesia reversal.
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.
Why deliver this qualification
The SVQ in Health (Perioperative Care Anaesthetic/PACU Support) at level 3 meets 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.
Who does this qualification suit
The SVQ in Health (Perioperative Care Anaesthetic/PACU Support) at level 3 is suitable for candidates working in health care support roles in 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 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.
How to assess
Assessment is of competence demonstrated in the workplace.
Assessment is integrated with delivery and focuses on evidence of carrying out work activities.
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Qualification content and delivery tools
Information about the qualification(s)
Unit(s) and delivery tools
Group Award code: G7WD 23
To achieve the SVQ in Health (Perioperative Care Anaesthetic /PACU Support) at level 3, candidates are required to complete 12 mandatory Units.
- Identify ways to communicate effectively
- Communicate effectively on difficult, complex and sensitive issues
- Support individuals to communicate
- Update and maintain records and reports
- Monitor and maintain the safety and security of the working environment
- Promote health and safety in the working environment
- Minimise risks arising from emergencies