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The Assistant Perioperative Practitioner Programme offers Healthcare Support Workers (HCSW) training and support to develop from a band 2 or 3, to a career level band 4 as an Assistant Perioperative Practitioner.

What is the Assistant Perioperative Practitioner Programme?

The Assistant Perioperative Practitioner Programme supports healthcare support workers over 12 months to become assistant perioperative practitioners who can support the surgical team.

National Perioperative Training: Assistant Perioperative Practitioner available on TURAS Learn

Course structure

As part of this programme, learners complete the Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) level 3 Healthcare Support (Clinical) at SCQF level 7.

The workshop will be delivered as in person training at NHS Golden Jubilee in the NHS Scotland Academy Hub.

This will include a range of simulation training and focused discussion.

After this period, the programme will focus on expansion of wider skills and critical engagement. This will be delivered through one Applied Learning (ApLE) day each month.

This programme will also feature an Interprofessional Learning Programme (IPL), which is supported through online learning and resources, including key the topics such as anatomy and physiology, law and ethics, and infection control.

Learners will have 12 months to complete the required SVQ units which are supported through their online portfolio. 

How do I apply? 

Spaces for our Perioperative Programmes are allocated by the Scottish Government on a first come first served basis and must be applied for by your Health Board.

Individuals are not able to apply directly – your employer will apply on your behalf.  We will then arrange to transfer a payment to your Board to enable them to support you though the programme.

The relevant clinical/theatre manager within your Health Board is responsible for submitting applications on your behalf. If you are not sure who to contact, please email us at

All NHS Boards submitting applications can do so by visiting National Assistant Perioperative Practitioner Programme recruitment form

The next intake for this programme is 24 July 2024, with the first block of immersive learning delivered in our Skills and Simulation Centre at NHS Golden Jubilee from 6 - 8 August 2024.

Supportive Resources 

Further careers information designed to support potential and existing Assistant Perioperative Practitioners can be found on TURAS Learn

Access the Perioperative Workforce Guide on Perioperative Workforce Guide: TURAS Learn 

For more information contact

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