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Adult Critical Care Nursing Core Knowledge and Skills - Level 6 - AC6692


About this course

This module is commissioned by Health Education England as part of its continuing workforce development (CWD) portfolio. If you are interested in participating, please complete the application form and gain authorisation from your Line Manager and your Trust Training Coordinator.

To apply please make a note of the module start month, click on book now and choose the application for the correct starting month. Once your application is complete we will contact you in order to confirm whether or not you have been allocated a place. If you receive a place you will be emailed an official offer letter, you will need to respond confirming your place within 10 working days.

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Patients admitted to hospital can deteriorate suddenly at any stage during their illness. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2009 and 2016) make explicit that this is an area of practice that requires improvement. This module is designed to equip you with the knowledge and competence to recognise and manage deterioration and to provide appropriate intervention.

This module is designed for nurses working in adult critical care units and will increase your ability to assess and manage patients with a critical illness. Subjects covered include relevant anatomy and physiology which will be facilitated by directed/blended learning and the electronic learning portal; assessment of the patient including airway, breathing, circulation and neurological; support and management of respiratory and circulatory failure and the psychological care of the patient. It is expected that this module will give you the knowledge to assess and manage the early phases of critical illness.

Study Dates for September Cohort:

Thursday 20th September

Thursday 27th September

Thursday 4th October

Thursday 11th October

Thursday 18th October

Thursday 8th November

Thursday 22nd November

Thursday 13th December

Thursday 20th December


Learn from the Best

Northumbria is the principal provider of nurse education in the North East of England and was named Nurse Education Provider of the Year (post-registration) for three consecutive years by Student Nursing Times.

We have excellent relationships with partner services in health, social care and social work and our range of CPD provision supports practitioners and managers to engage in professional learning and then examine how this can be integrated in the practice arena.

Designed by a multi-professional team including Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Midwives, Social Care Staff and Medical practitioners our range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is tailored towards individuals who are driving and enabling practice development in NHS North East.

Teaching and Assessment

You will learn in both the academic and workplace settings. Methods of teaching will include interactive lectures, seminars, and group work. This module will be delivered at Northumbria University by lecturers with specialist experience of critical care nursing. As qualified nurses, with experience of critical illness, you will be expected to actively participate in your learning by formalising your goals with a named supervisor from your practice area and undertaking directed study. You will be expected to participate in class discussion and group work, share your own expertise and develop debate and make recommendations about important practice issues related to critical illness.

Academic assessment is via an unseen exam which will enable you to demonstrate the broad range of knowledge required when dealing with critical illness. This module complies with national guidance from the Critical Care Networks- National Nurse Leads who have published National Standards for Adult Critical Care Nurse Education and the National Competency Framework Step 2 competencies are an integral part of the assessment strategy for the module.

Learning Environment

This course is based at our Coach Lane Campus where you will have access to cutting-edge facilities with technology embedded through all aspects of your module.

Research-rich Learning

Northumbria University has been ranked in the top quartile in the UK for research power in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing. Additionally, more than 80% of our research activity in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).


Give Your Career an Edge

This module will help you to meet the National Standards for Adult Critical Care Nurse Education contributing 30 transferrable academic credits in Adult Critical Care Nursing. The module can count towards an Advanced Diploma in Adult Critical Care Nursing.

Course info

Award Type 30 Credit, Level 6

Delivery Method Blend of Lectures, Workshops, Reflective Practice, Seminars and Directed Study

Sector Healthcare Public Health

Study Mode Part-time

Location Coach Lane Campus

Start September 2018

Duration 10 Weeks

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