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Educators Group

The Educators’ SIG is part of AfPP’s commitment to the development of perioperative practice and continued professional development of all staff working in the perioperative environment.

The SIG is for the benefit of AfPP members who hold education, practice development or other similar posts. The aim is to support AfPP members in the constantly changing and challenging modern health service by providing a means of communication, dissemination of good practice and support for members.

This SIG intends to keep members up to date with current issues related to education and practice development aiming to reduce unnecessary work and “reinventing the wheel”

The Educators SIG is free to AfPP members and as a member you will receive regular e-newsletters keeping you informed of educational issues, news and events.

If you wish to contact the SIG leads directly you can do so through the Education SIG email

SIG Lead: Julie Pierce-Jones

“I know as an individual who has an interest in education that the essence of welcoming new learners is sharing knowledge and experiences, and that is what this SIG is all about. It is an opportunity to share but also to question and challenge.”

Julie is a theatre practitioner passionate about the speciality, who puts patients at the heart of her teaching to demonstrate to students the importance of both technical competence and the need for care and compassion in dealing with surgical patients. She has clinical links with two NHS Trusts to actively support learners and her own professional development, having previously held senior posts as a team leader, and as a practitioner in anaesthetics, scrub and post-anaesthetic recovery.

She is currently module leader for NU1050 Developing Professional Practice and NU3043 Leadership and Management in the Perioperative Environment on the BSc Operating Department Practice Course. She is a member of the curriculum development team for UCLAN’s updated BSc Operating Department Practice and has been involved in the development of provision in Operating Department Practice from Dip HE in 2002 to the BSc in 2012.  She is also Course Leader for the BSc Perioperative Care [Top Up] for registered nurses /practitioners employed in the Operating Department.

“The students keep me energised by reviewing and reflecting and I know that this is also something that you engage with; the importance of the professional educational dialogue, the Educators SIG Forum is the ideal arena to be active in. Please post and share.”

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