Table 1

 Participants recruited from National Health Service trusts

PSP 1PSP 2
A&E, accident and emergency; ODP, operating department practitioners; PSP, perioperative specialist practitioner.
DurationMay 2003–April 2004October 2004–June 2005
Participants12 (9 nurses, 2 ODPs, 1 physiotherapist)15 (all nurses)
No of trusts57
Surgical specialitiesGeneral surgery, orthopaedics, A&E, breast surgery, treatment centreOphthalmology, plastics, orthopaedics, colorectal, general surgery, urology
Outcome12 completed the course14 completed the course (one left for reasons unrelated to the course)