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AfPP produce and publish our own series of publications on key perioperative topics, including; standards and guidance, professional development, audits, specialist practitioner tools and much more... Below is a list of of publications offered for sale from AfPP. Click on the links for more information, prices and how to order.


Standards and Recommendations for Safe Perioperative Practice – Online Version

Written by practitioners for practitioners, this is the essential reference tool for all theatre departments. The fifth edition of AfPP’s benchmark publication has been revised and updated for 2022, providing comprehensive guidance on evidence-based best practice and minimising risk in and around the operating theatre. 

For the first time, a digital version is available! Purchase an annual licence to access our ultimate theatre resource online - anytime and anywhere. Plus, the AfPP Standards and Recommendations Online is updated quarterly so you’ll always have access to the most up-to-date version. 

Topics include: Legal and Ethical, Risk Management, Management of Human Resources and Human Factors, Perioperative Education, Training and Competencies, Infection Prevention and Control, Decontamination of Medical Devices (Surgical Instruments), Principles of Anaesthetics, Clinical Effectiveness, and Clinical Environments.

Author: AfPP

Members £120 Non members £150

After first year, a reduced licence renewal fee will apply



Sharing Knowledge in the Perioperative Environment 

The go to book for students, their mentors and newly qualified perioperative practitioners.

This publication aims to provide practical information and advice for all pre-registration student perioperative practitioners, newly qualified and non-registered practitioners. It also provides advice and guidance for individuals who support and facilitate learning within the perioperative environment.

The aim of the publication is to offer insight into the tools and support available to those undergoing learning and those supporting students. There is also information to support HCAs who may be developing their knowledge and skills within the environment

Author: Dawn Stott, Paul Bond. ISBN: 978-1-904290-33-9

Members £16.95 Non members £19.95


Theatre Etiquette: A Guide to Theatres

The operating theatre is a unique environment with unfamiliar sights, sounds and odours. This essential guide offers all healthcare professionals working in the perioperative environment an overview of what to expect and how to behave whilst in the operating department. It includes health and safety measures, an overview of the operating theatre team, the Five Steps to Safer Surgery and Ten Objectives for Safe Surgery. It also covers guidance on information and confidentiality, top theatre tips from AfPP members and links to other useful resources. 

Author: AfPP



IN YOUR POCKET Perioperative Practice

This edition of the Pocketbook brings you a concentrated 'snap shot' of perioperative practice. It is a helpful guide for nursing, midwifery and operating department practitioner (ODP) students and novice perioperative registered nurses/ODPs. It is envisaged that individuals will use this guide as a starting point for observation and learning alongside further reading and application to practice. The book has laminated pages and fits neatly in your pocket! 

Authors: PA Hood, M Tarling and S Turner. ISBN 978-1-904290-30-8

Members £10.00  Non-members £12.00


Challenging Behaviours in the Perioperative Environment

Violence, bullying and harassment are not new concepts and neither are they confined to patients and relatives on healthcare staff; many incidents have been reported among managers (more..)

Author: AfPP. ISBN 978-1-904290-15-5

Audit Tool 2

Perioperative Audit Tool - Second Edition

Perioperative Audit Tool Second Edition

AfPP's Perioperative Audit Tool is a resource which supports practitioners to identify and implement effective risk management strategies. (more...)

Author: AfPP. ISBN - 978-1-904290-31-5 


Stories From The Operating Theatre & Other Essays

A collection of articles written by Professor Harold Ellis that have been published over the last two decades in the Journal of Perioperative Practice. (more...)


AfPP member price £30.00

Non-member price £30.00

Members should log in to order online. Non-members can order by calling 01423 881300

Price is inclusive of UK postage and packing. Additional postage costs for delivery outside of the UK will be added at a later stage.

Author: Prof. Harold Ellis ISBN - 978-1-904290-32-2



Surgical Care Practitioner - Core Syllabus

The Surgical Care Practitioner Core Syllabus (first edition) provides an academic tool for those wishing to develop the surgical care practitioner role. It is to be used in conjunction with the Surgical Care Practitioner Curriculum Framework published by the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCSEng) in 2014. This core syllabus provides a recognised, standardised and transferable education and training programme. The fundamental aim is to promote the wellbeing of the perioperative patient. 




Surgical First Assistant Competency Toolkit

Provides a reference tool for both managers and practitioners to assist the process of strategic planning for, and implementation of, the Surgical First Assistant (SFA) role in operating theatre departments throughout the United Kingdom. (more...)

Author: AfPP ISBN: 978-1-904290-20-9


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