Perioperative Support (level 3)

This qualification aims to provide the skills and knowledge required to become competent in supporting health professionals within the operating theatre department.  The average duration for completion of this framework is 18 months. Individuals undertaking this framework will work within operating theatre departments. Typical duties include caring for patients      before and after their operation, checking equipment and keeping  the operating area clean. Staff in support roles such as this one, need an awareness of health and safety issues; a reassuring manner with patients and an understanding of patients’ rights to privacy and dignity. These are responsible and rewarding support roles with a direct impact on patients’ lives. They also offer an ideal entry route to a wide range of NHS careers.


How do I achieve the Apprenticeship qualification?

You’ll need to achieve the qualifications listed in the framework, opposite. To achieve the level 3 Diploma, you’ll need to complete all mandatory units and achieve 66 credits (every unit has a number of credits). You will also need to achieve English and Maths Functional Skills at level 2, if appropriate. Your assessor will discuss this in depth with you before you enrol. As a guide, the units include:

  • Transport, transfer and position individuals and equipment within the perioperative environment
  • Contribute to the safe use of medical devices in the perioperative environment
  • Assist in the delivery of perioperative care and support to individuals
  • Measure and record individuals’ body fluid balance in a perioperative environment
  • Assist in receiving, handling and dispatching clinical specimens
  • Provide support to the surgical team when preparing individuals for operative and invasive procedures
  • Perform the non scrubbed circulating role for perioperative procedures
  • Prepare anaesthetic environment and provide support for pre and post operative anaesthesia and recovery ( 5 credits)

How will I be assessed?

We’ll come to your workplace once every four weeks to carry out assessments.

What progression routes are there?

Many perioperative support apprentices complete their apprenticeships and continue to work as perioperative or theatre support workers with delegated responsibilities assigned to them by the practitioners they work alongside. This may include supervision of other team members. The qualification is also a route to becoming an Operating Theatre Practitioner (ODP).

What are the costings and how do I enrol?

To check eligibility, contact us on 01702 353557 or email [email protected] for more details.

Under the Government’s Apprenticeship Reforms of 2017,  employers have to make a contribution to the cost of training . We’ll discuss and agree this before carrying out an Initial Assessment with each individual learner, which could lead to enrolment if this qualification is appropriate.


If you’re not eligible for government funding or decide the Apprenticeship route isn’t for you, you may be able to apply for  the 19 Learning Loan for this qualification at level 3 — please ask us for details or click here for more information.

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