Professional course

Principles of Critical Care

20 credit, level 3 or Masters level module

About this course

Course code:
UZWR1B203
Applications:
University
Level:
Professional/Short Course
Department:
Nursing and Midwifery
Campus:
Glenside
Course director:
Nicholas Smith

Page last updated 2 November 2017

Introduction

On successful completion of the level 3 module (UZWR1B-20-3) you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding of physiological and pathological processes within critical illness.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the Pharmacological management of critical illness.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the therapeutic principles of critical illness, and apply to the needs of level 2 or 3 critical care patients.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of psychosocial, cultural, ethical and spiritual needs of patients and their families in critical care areas.
  • Analyse the impact of evidence, beliefs and values that contribute to clinical ethical and organisational decision making processes in critical care practice.
  • Evaluate and apply current research findings, and challenge established critical care practice in order to promote care that is evidence based.
  • Analyse and evaluate the effects of local and national, political, legal and economic decisions on critical care practice.

On successful completion of the Masters level module (UZWR1C-20-M) you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of physiological and pathological processes within critical illness.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and comprehension of the Pharmacological management of critical illness.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the therapeutic principles of critical illness, and apply to the needs of level 2 or 3 critically ill patients.
  • Critically evaluate and analyse complex and conflicting evidence, beliefs and values that contribute to clinical, ethical and organisational decision making processes in critical care practice.
  • Synthesise current research information relevant to practice, demonstrating creativity and innovation, utilising knowledge or processes from the forefront of the relevant discipline/practice.
  • Critically analyse the psychosocial, cultural, spiritual and ethical issues associated in caring for the critically ill and their carers.
  • Critically review the wider policy implications and impact on practice arising from NHS reforms and professional bodies.

Entry requirements

You must have at least 12 months post professional registration experience (eg. Nurse, Physiotherapist, Paramedic).

Careers / Further study

The level 3 module can contribute towards:

  • BSc(Hons) Specialist Practice
  • BSc(Hons) Professional Development

The Masters level module can contribute towards:

  • MSc(Hons) Advanced Practice
  • MSc(Hons) Specialist Practice

Structure

Content

Assessment, management and delivery of care for the following critical care patients (dependency level 2 or 3)

  • Patients with respiratory dysfunction
  • Patients with cardiovascular dysfunction
  • Patients with gastro-intestinal dysfunction
  • Patients at risk of or in Systemic inflammatory response syndrome / Multiple organ dysfunction syndrome
  • Patients with neurological dysfunction
  • Patients with renal /fluid balance dysfunction
  • Patients with endocrine dysfunction

Evidence based practice

  • Tools for searching and selecting evidence from a range of sources

Organisational / political influences on care

  • Current initiatives which impact on practice
  • Ethical frameworks within critical care
  • Organisational changes and new ways of working

Learning and Teaching

A variety of approaches will be used which will include:

  • Technology enhanced learning
  • Workshops and Masterclasses
  • Lectures and Seminars
  • Enquiry based learning
  • Case based learning

This module is delivered using a blended learning approach, combining face to face days and self directed learning based on supplied online material.

Study time

A total of 48 hours in the form of seminars, lectures and online discussion activities.

Assessment

Level 3:

Formative Assessment

You will be given opportunities to test their knowledge and understanding in several interactive quizzes and activities, with feedback throughout the module.

Summative Assessment

Two hour unseen written exam.

Section A

10 Short answer questions  - requiring completion of all questions

Section B

Long answer essay questions Answer 2 questions out of a choice of 5 questions.  Please note that some questions may have more than one component.

Exam to be held during the University Examination period


Masters level:

Formative Assessment

You will be given opportunities to test your knowledge and understanding in several interactive quizzes and activities, with feedback throughout the module.

Summative Assessment

Two hour unseen written exam.

Section A

10 Short answer questions  - requiring completion of all questions

Section B

Long answer essay questions Answer 2 questions out of a choice of 5 questions.  Please note that some questions may have more than one component.

Exam to be held during the University Examination period.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Please visit full fee information to see the price brackets for our modules.

Funding may be available to support your learning. Please contact your Trust Education Lead. If you work in the Private, Independent and Voluntary Sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.

Dates

Please see our timetable for full date information.

How to apply

How to apply

You will apply online for your CPD modules, which you can take as stand-alone courses or as part of an undergraduate (level 3) or postgraduate (Masters level) programme.

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