Level 7 – Advanced Perioperative Practitioner

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Advanced Perioperative Practitioners are experienced professionals who have developed their skills and theoretical knowledge to a very high standard, performing a highly complex role and continuously developing their practice within a defined field and/or having management responsibilities. People at level 7 of the career framework have a critical awareness of knowledge issues in the field and at the interface between different fields. They are innovative and have a responsibility for developing and changing practice and/or services in a complex and unpredictable environment.  

Example roles include anaesthesia associate, clinical nurse manager and surgical care practitioner   


  • Registered on the Nurses part of the Nursing and Midwifery Council register or Operating Department Practitioner registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.  
  • Recognised post registration qualification in perioperative care. 
  • Evidence of operating/thinking at Masters level and working towards relevant Masters level Award. 
  • SCQF Level: 11 
Education development

Minor Surgical Practices is a standalone module offered by Glasgow Caledonian University. It aims to enable registered healthcare professionals to develop the requisite advanced knowledge and skills to practice safely and independently perform minor surgery. 

The Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh offer several short courses for perioperative practitioners. These include: 

The Perioperative Care Practitioners Intraoperative Non-Technical Skills (PINTS) 

The Perioperative Key Skills Course 

Surgical Anatomy Study Day for Perioperative Practitioners (Principles of Surgical Anatomy) 

The Perioperative Conference: Improving Patient Safety for the Surgical Team - Interactive Workshop 

Scottish Universities offer a range of postgraduate programmes for nurses. You can explore these online 


The Career Development Framework for the Perioperative Nursing, Midwifery and Health Professions (NMaHP) Workforce aims to provide an infrastructure to support the career development, and the learning and development needs of perioperative workforce. This framework is underpinned by the Career Framework for Health.   

Professional Portfolio   

TURAS Professional Portfolio is NHS Education for Scotland's e- portfolio application for healthcare staff. Portfolio has been designed to allow staff to record and share their learning, reflection, feedback and achievements as part of their career journey in NHS Scotland. 


Medical Associate Professions (MAPs) practice within the perioperative environment. This includes Anaesthesia Associates and Surgical Care Practitioners.