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Five minutes with . . . Charlie Auld

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 14 November 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5220
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

The Scottish surgeon says that perioperative practitioners are an expanding workforce

“The faculty of perioperative care at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh was created in March 2016 to provide education, training, and support to perioperative practitioners in advanced roles. These practitioners have been working in the US for a while now and are becoming more common in the UK. This is a workforce that’s only going to expand.

“There are different types of practitioner. Surgical care practitioners (SCPs) can carry out pre and post-operative care and surgical intervention under the supervision of the consultant surgeon. They can also work on wards and in clinics. Surgical first assistants (SFAs) assist the surgeon in the …

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