DCU – Surgical Skills Module for Healthcare Practitioners

School of Nursing and Human Sciences, Dublin City University

Who should apply?

Practitioners who are likely to utilise minor surgical procedures in a variety of settings including A&E, Dermatology, Theatres or Primary Care settings. Candidates must be working in a relevant setting and have a clinical practice supervisor identified to support them in their learning.

Module aim:

To develop and consolidate minor surgical skills capability.

Module content to include:

  • Patient assessment and treatment options
  • Lesion identification and management
  • Local anaesthesia administration
  • Suturing: materials/techniques/ wound-closure
  • Punch biopsies and curettage
  • Ellipse marking and excision
  • Abscesses/cyst/in-grown toenail management
  • Cryosurgery
  • Wound/sharp debridement
  • Discharge advice and aftercare
  • Clinical governance/medico-legal aspects
  • Protocol development/audit

Module structure:

This DCU accredited, stand-alone, blended learning module incorporates 4 days attendance in DCU, over a 12 week semester combined with online learning activities. The module is NMBI* approved (special purpose award) and pending CPD accreditation with IMC.

Commencing: February 2018

Application will close: 20th October 2017

Credit/Level: Level 9, 10 ECTS Credits NMBI Special Purpose Award

Module code: NS5057

Cost of module: €850

Application forms are available from:

Faculty of Science and Health. Dublin City University,

Dublin 9

T: +353 (0) 1 700 8975

E: science@dcu.ie

For further information contact: Joseph Bonham E: josephbonham@beaumont.ie or Therese Leufer E:  therese.leufer@dcu.ie

W: www.dcu.ie/snhs/professional.shtml


*NMBI – Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland  ** IMC – Irish Medical Council