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AfPP Publications

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.


Surgical First Assistant Competency Toolkit


An invaluable reference tool which has been newly updated (July 2023) for both managers and practitioners, this toolkit supports operating department managers and surgical supervisors with the  development of a nationally recognised in-house training programme for trainee Surgical First Assistant (SFA).

In addition to outlining strategies and frameworks within which the role should be developed, the toolkit defines the range of knowledge, skills and standards of practice for SFAs, ensuring they demonstrate achievement of the required national standards.

The SFA Toolkit is supplied in a ring binder so that you can add your own reports and evidence. 

 Members £100.00 Non members £130.00 


AfPP Standards and Recommendations

This has been the go-to textbook for theatre practitioners for many years. 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.

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
  • Clinical Environments

Members £120 Non members £150

For information on best practices to prevent surgical fires, please read our article: Surgical fires must become ‘Never Events’. This article contains AfPP recommendations and standards for the safe use of devices that may serve as an ignition source.




Staffing for Patients in the Perioperative Setting

Maintaining adequate staffing ratios is crucial for supporting quality care, patient safety and staff welfare within the perioperative setting.

Updated for 2022, this practical guide outlines the recommendations and formula for a staffing model which accurately calculates the required staffing levels for safe practice within your environment.

Using the tools, formula and staffing policy template provided in this publication, organisations can conduct their own staffing assessment. Considering your individual circumstances, activity and patient care requirements, this supports an evidence-based review of your current staff numbers and budgets.

With increasing surgical backlogs and staff shortages in recent years, giving theatre departments the support they need to appropriately speak up about concerns regarding staff numbers and competencies is more important than ever.

Author: AfPP. ISBN: 978-1-904290-35-3

Members £22 Non members £27



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 £17 Non members £20


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

Members £3 Non members £3


Perioperative Audit Tool - Second Edition

AfPP's Perioperative Audit Tool is a resource which supports practitioners to identify and implement effective risk management strategies. The document is designed for auditors to use during the perioperative pathway of each individual patient or can be used to concentrate on specific areas of practice. 

Members £95 Non members £130

Please note: This publication is currently out of stock. We are awaiting the revised edition.


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


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...)


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

Special Offer: Was £30 - Now only £15. Offer ends mindnight December 31st, 2023.


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