Maintaining Best Practice within Theatre (Oct 2022)


4 week course (10 hours CPD), starting 31st October 2022



This 4 week course will cover all aspects of achieving best theatre practice, and optimising patient care.  It will discuss methods of reducing surgical site infections, including patient and staff factors, environment effects and ideas to improve theatre sterility.  Evidence and research papers will be explored.


Week 1

Infection Control

  • Aims of infection control
  • Risk factors
  • Impact of the environment
  • Cleaning techniques
  • Bacterial monitoring within the environment

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the week delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the aims of infection control within theatre
  • Identify how the layout of the operating theatre and associated rooms may affect infection control
  • Achieve effective maintenance and cleaning of the environment and instruments
  • Identify the ideal theatre design and implement this in practice


Week 2

Maintenance and Care of Instruments

  • Instrument cleaning
  • Instrument maintenance
  • Sterilisation methods and sterility indicators

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the second week, delegates will be able to:

  • Clean and care for surgical instruments
  • Understand the different methods of instrument cleaning
  • Understand the various sterilisation techniques and indicators
  • Recognise routine protocols for maintenance of the theatre environment and materials


Week 3

Patient Care and Theatre Organisation 

  • Hypothermia and the effect on surgical site infections
  • Hand hygiene
  • Draping techniques
  • Scrubbing techniques
  • Theatre attire

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the third week, delegates will be able to:

  • Understand sterility, and how to reduce the incidence of surgical site infections
  • Prepare patients for surgery using best practice methods
  • Optimise preparation of the surgical team
  • Discuss skin preparation techniques
  • Monitor infection control in the practice
  • Understand hand hygiene, and its role in reducing the spread of hospital acquired infections
  • Define techniques to achieve a high standards of patient care and organisation within theatre
  • Appraise the maintenance of high environmental standards within the theatre suite


Week 4

Staff Development and Organisation

  • Nursing roles
  • Methods of organisation
  • Staff training and development

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the fourth week, delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of setting specific nursing roles
  • Examine a range of methods to increase efficiency and organisation within the theatre environment.


The course will be fully tutored by Louise Dale, and will consist of 10 hours of CPD (10 points for Australia and New Zealand), and will be provided in various formats, including tutorials, tasks, case studies, forum discussions and quizzes.


Delegate Feedback from Nov 2021 course:

  • “Thorough tutorials -clear to follow and understand”
  • “Really good course, great level of resources”


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Louise Dale

VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia), A1 Assessor, RVN


Louise qualified as a RVN in 2002 with the PDSA in Batley Leeds.  She then worked in mixed practice for a while before returning to small animals at Oakbeck veterinary Hospital in Harrogate.  Louise then took on a Head Nurse position at Ashland’s Veterinary Centre in Ilkley, where she stayed for 4 years and became an A1 Assessor, completed a supervisory certificate and gained a certificate in animal behaviour.


In 2007, Louise started teaching at Rotherham College as a lecturer in animal care where she completed a level 4 qualification in PTTLS.  In 2009 Louise accepted the full time post of senior surgical nurse at Liverpool University.  Louise completed an NVQ level 3 in Leadership and Management and also her VTS qualification in Anaesthesia and Analgesia.


Louise manages a team of eight theatre staff and organises the day to day running of the theatre at Leahurst Small Animal Teaching Hospital.  Louise thoroughly enjoys her role and has a keen interest in surgical and anaesthesia nursing.

The Australian Veterinary Nurse and Technician (AVNAT) Regulatory Council has allocated 10 AVNAT CPD points to this continuing education activity.


This course is also recognised by the New Zealand Veterinary Nursing Association (NZVNA) as providing 10 CPD points.


This online course is worth 10 hours of CPD.


A certificate will be available from the ‘My Courses’ section, for you to download and print, once you have completed the course.  A permanent record of your total CPD hours will also be recorded in your account section.


Upon purchase you will be registered to attend the course, for 4 weeks from the start date.  The course will consist of various interactive tasks and lessons, including quizzes, case studies, forum discussions and further reading material.


The course is fully tutored, with new material will be provided weekly, but the onus will be on the individual delegate to ensure that all tasks are fully complete.  The certificate will only be issued at the end of the course when all tasks have been accomplished.  Fewer CPD hours will be awarded at the the end of the course if there are unfinished tasks or there has been no contribution to the discussion forum, for example.


The course is fully flexible, and there are no weekly ‘deadlines’ – the lessons and tasks may be completed whenever is convenient for each delegate, and any live lessons with be recorded and made available in that format.   Furthermore, all the course material (excluding the interactive discussion forum) will be available for a further 2 weeks, to allow delegates the opportunity to catch up on missed lessons and tasks, or to take the opportunity to delve further into the suggested reading texts.  Please note however, that the course will not be tutored by the speaker during these final two weeks.


After 6 weeks, the course will be complete and there will be no further opportunity to gain the certificate or CPD hours, however, you will have unlimited lifetime access to the tutorials, further reading and quizzes for future reference.  If you make any personal notes during the course using the ‘take notes’ app, these will be saved, along with your certificate and CPD record for permanent access in ‘My CPD’.


For some further information about our Online Tutored CPD courses – please read our PDF guide to Online Tutored CPD

“Thorough tutorials -clear to follow and understand”

“Really good course, great level of resources”