Level 8 – Consultant Perioperative Practitioner

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Consultant Perioperative Practitioners work at a very high level of expertise and/or have responsibility for planning services. Practitioners at level 8 of the career framework require highly specialised knowledge, some of which is at the forefront of knowledge in a field of work, which they use as the basis for original thinking and/or research. They are leaders with considerable responsibility, and the ability to research and analyse complex processes. They have responsibility for service improvement or development. They may have considerable management responsibilities and be accountable for service delivery or have a leading education or commissioning role. 

Example roles include theatre nurse consultant, perioperative professional lead, lead nurse, head of nursing.   


  • Registered on the Nurses part of the Nursing and Midwifery Council register or Operating Department Practitioner registered with the Health and Care Professions Council  
  • Educated to minimum of Masters level 
  • Working towards Doctorate  
  • Specialist Practitioner 
  • Advanced leadership/management skills 
  • SCQF Level: 11– 12 
Education development

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

Postgraduate leadership and management programmes are available across universities in Scotland. These include: 

MSc Healthcare Management 

MSc Leadership in Healthcare 


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.