Principles and practice of cardiothoracic surgical care (degree level)

Key features

This 40 credit degree-level module will enable you to develop the ability to respond to the challenges within the cardiothoracic setting through the promotion of current evidence based practice, delivering a high standard of quality care. You will also build on your knowledge and skills by integrating theory and practice into your role.

The content of this module will include: 

  • cardiothoracic anatomy and physiology
  • aetiology of the disease process with identification of risk factors and preoperative interventions 
  • a multidisciplinary team approach in caring for a cardiothoracic patient 
  • insight into cardiothoracic surgery
  • post-operative care including principles of chest drain management, pain management, non-invasive respiratory support and basic blood gas analysis 
  • cardiac pacing
  • nutritional support and rehabilitation
  • physiotherapy and chest x-ray interpretation and open chest simulation
  • current cardiothoracic research.

This module can be studied as a standalone module or as an optional module towards some of our BSc (Hons) Professional Development pathways - please contact the Professional Development Unit for further information.

This module is delivered by University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust in partnership with University of Plymouth.

Module code




FHEQ level

Level 6 – bachelors degree


University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

Module dates

Please contact the Education Co-ordinator for the trust offering the module (see 'How to apply' for contact details)