Free Online Course on Perioperative Medicine in Action

The University College London is offering free online course on Perioperative Medicine in Action. This RCoA endorsed course is aimed at all interested healthcare professionals, both medical and allied health professionals.

In this four week course, applicants will explore perioperative medicine and how you can improve care for the high risk surgical patient. Join this RCoA endorsed course. This course will start on November 13, 2017.

Course At Glance

Length: 4 weeks
Effort: 3 hours/week
Subject: Perioperative Medicine in Action
Institution: UCL (University College London) and Future learn
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Course starts on November 13, 2017

Providers’ Details

UCL was founded in 1826. It was the first English university established after Oxford and Cambridge, the first to open up university education to those previously excluded from it, and the first to provide systematic teaching of law, architecture and medicine.

About This Course

Perioperative medicine is an emerging, multi-disciplinary approach, which tackles this issue, by optimizing the care of high-risk surgical patients. It encompasses disciplines including anesthetics, surgery, and nursing, care of the elderly, physiotherapy and healthcare management.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English.  Applicants can get a verified certificate.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to…

  • Justify the need for better, more holistic care for the high risk surgical patient, to improve outcomes and reduce healthcare costs.
  • Engage with risk assessment tools to characterize and quantify the risk of an individual undergoing a particular procedure.
  • Demonstrate the need for protocolised care pathways and evaluate the success of the enhanced recovery programmes in reducing variance in practice.
  • Describe the major challenges in delivering perioperative medicine for the elderly.
  • Discuss the current economic pressure on healthcare systems and how perioperative medicine can be used to reduce these pressures.


This RCoA endorsed course is aimed at all interested healthcare professionals, both medical and allied health professionals. This would include anaesthetists, surgeons, care-of-the-elderly physicians, pre-assessment nurses, surgical ward nurses, operating department staff, physiotherapists and medical managers, emphasising that enhanced care and improved outcomes depend on a multidisciplinary approach.

Healthcare professionals might find the the Certificate of Achievement for this course useful for providing evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD), or commitment to their career.

Although some of the statistics and guidelines are UK specific, the key concepts and learning aims are relevant at an international level.


Abigail Whiteman

Abigail is a consultant in anaesthesia and perioperative medicine at University College London Hospitals. She is also a faculty member of the UCL Perioperative Medicine Masters Programme.

Katie Samuel

Katie is an Anaesthetic SPR based in Bristol. She is currently completing a Perioperative Medicine Fellowship at UCLH, and is Student Academic Representative for the UCL POM masters degree.

Philip Sherrard    

Phil is an anaesthetic registrar at University College London Hospitals and also the education fellow in perioperative medicine.

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Sign Up At FutureLearn
  • Select a course and Join
  • Once a course has started, applicant will be able to access the course material
  • After the start date, students will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on My Courses page.
  • Applicants can buy, to show that they have completed a FutureLearn course.
  • On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof oflearning on the course topic(s)).

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