Professional/Short course Critical Care in Practice

Entry year
2022/23
Course code
UZWR1E203
Application
University
Level
Professional/Short Course
Department
School of Health and Social Wellbeing
Campus
Glenside
Duration
Seven months
Delivery
5 on-campus days (50% simulation) and work-based learning
Course Director
Nicholas Smith

20 credit level 3 or Masters level module

Due to the places required from our partnership organisations outweighing the actual places available on this module, it will not be opened up to general applications until six weeks before the start date. Please contact your employer to see if you are eligible to apply, they will supply you with the relevant links to undertake this process.

Page last updated 20 June 2022

Introduction

The Critical Care in Practice module is built around the 'National Competency Framework for Adult Critical Care Nurses' (Steps 2 and 3) and is therefore designed to relate practically to a nurse's role in Intensive Care.

On successful completion of this Critical Care in Practice level 3 (UZWR1E-20-3) or Masters level (UZWR1F-20-M) module, you will be able to:

  • Exercise a competent level of clinical judgement when caring for patients requiring level 2 and 3 care.
  • Demonstrate competence in systematically assessing physiological systems.
  • Demonstrate competence in a range of clinical conditions and critical care interventions.
  • Demonstrate competence in identifying and addressing the psychosocial, cultural, ethical and spiritual needs of patients and their families in critical care areas.
  • Demonstrate ability to critically examine own and others practice to reflect latest developments within critical care.
  • Display knowledge and understanding of leadership, communication and wider organisational drivers relevant to a critical care setting.

Entry requirements

You must be a registered healthcare practitioner working in an Intensive Care (ICU) facility, or equivalent (ie. level 2 or 3 critical care dependency).

You must also have a minimum of six months ICU (or equivalent) experience and currently working in ICU (or equivalent).

Careers / Further study

The Level 3 module can contribute towards:

  • BSc(Hons) Specialist Practice (District Nursing)
  • BSc(Hons) Health and Social Care
  • MSc Specialist Practice (District Nursing)
  • MSc Advanced Practice
  • Professional Development Award

The Masters level module can contribute towards:

  • MSc Specialist Practice (District Nursing)
  • MSc Advanced Practice
  • Professional Development Awards

Structure

Content

Assessment, management and delivery of care for the following critical care patients (dependency level 2 or 3) in line with the National Competency Framework for Adult Critical Care Nurses (2012) Steps 2 and 3.

  • Respiratory System
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Renal system
  • Gastrointestinal System
  • Neurological System
  • End of Life Care
  • Inter & Intra Hospital Transfer
  • Rehabilitation
  • Professionalism
  • Leadership.

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

This module is delivered in a blended format of:

  • three online days of face-to-face education (webinars)
  • two on-campus days of simulation and activities
  • learning undertaken in your own workplace, through clinical supervision with a named mentor and sign off of STEPS 2 and 3 national competencies
  • self-directed learning is in addition to these components.

Additional seminars and skills sessions will be delivered using a variety of learning methods:

  • Technology enhanced learning
  • Workshops and masterclasses
  • Lectures and seminars
  • Enquiry-based learning
  • Case-based learning.

Study time

A total of 40 hours in the form of webinars, simulation, and activities. Additional time is required for self-directed learning using provided online material, as well as peer review activities in the workplace.

Assessment

Formative Assessment

You will be expected to have a named designated mentor in your place of work before starting this module.  Formative assessment should be continuous with regular meetings to discuss progress in relation to learning outcomes within the competency document and adjust learning contracts accordingly

Summative Assessment

Completion and submission of the competency framework.

2,000 word assignment

Features

Study facilities

There will be a total of five face-to-face days at the Glenside Campus Skills Simulation suite.

The Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences has an excellent reputation for the quality of its teaching and the facilities it provides.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

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

Please note: Priority will be given to applications received through our funded educational contracts.  Places on this module will be limited for applications received outside of this funding.  Please check with your employer as a funded contract place may still be available to support your learning.

Dates

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How to apply

How to apply

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

Please note: Priority will be given to applications received through our funded educational contracts.  Places on this module will be limited for applications received outside of this funding.  Please check with your employer as a funded contract place may still be available to support your learning.

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