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Cardiac Health in Primary Care - Level 6 - AC6701


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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This module is aimed at registered healthcare professionals working within primary care who are involved in the care of patients with cardiac related conditions. Evidence suggests heart failure cases are increasing in the UK, Coronary Heart Disease continues to be a major cause of death in the UK and atrial fibrillation remains one of the major causes of cardiovascular morbidity in the world. This module will focus on these three main heart conditions, exploring related anatomy, physiology and electrophysiology. Within this module you will develop knowledge and understanding of these conditions including aetiology, assessment and treatment; exploring associated primary and secondary prevention. The module integrates the importance of inter-professional working and the scope of health care provision, including the holistic impact on the patient and their family. For primary care staff, this module will assist you in the monitoring of patients via annual review clinics, and related quality outcome measures. The assessment is based on your developing knowledge and understanding of a chosen acute or chronic cardiac condition resulting in a 3000 word case study which will enable you to demonstrate the achievement of the module learning outcomes.


Study Dates for March Cohort:

Thursday 7th March

Thursday 21st March

Thursday 4th April

Thursday 11th April

Thursday 25th April



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. 

The module is co-ordinated by a lecturer who has extensive experience in the management of patients with heart disease, and who maintains close links with healthcare providers, specialising in cardiology, and practice areas in the region.

Teaching and Assessment

In this module you will learn through a combination of interactive lectures, seminars and directed study. The module will be delivered at Northumbria University by lecturers and practitioners with specialist cardiology practice experience. As health care professionals you will be expected to actively engage in the learning process, participate in group work and apply what is taught in the university to your practice setting. You will be encouraged to share your own expertise and debate practice issues to enable you to make evidence based recommendations to influence the care provided to patients with heart disease.  You will be expected to make active use of the Electronic Learning Portal (eLP) which will give you the flexibility between taught sessions to access module information remotely.

You will be supported by the module team at the scheduled timetabled group sessions at university with formative feedback provided throughout the delivery and you will be encouraged to access individual tutorials for the summative assessment. Specialist lecturers and practitioners will deliver specific sessions and will also be available to support your learning. You will be able to access both library and student support services for study skills support as required through the eLP, helpline and email enquiry services, details of which will be available in the module site.

The summative assessment strategy is designed to ensure that you have the knowledge to recognise and provide appropriate care for patients with a cardiac condition. This will be achieved by digital submission of a 3000 word case study discussing the pathophysiology of the chosen cardiac condition, and a critical exploration of the evidence base for its management. Feedback will be given electronically and will include development advice for future academic work. 

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 the 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).


Course info

Award Type 20 Credit, Level 6

Delivery Method Blend of Lectures, Workshops & Guided Study

Sector Health, Sport and Social Care

Study Mode Intensive Short Course

Location Coach Lane Campus

Start March 2019

Duration 10 Weeks

This module is aimed at registered healthcare professionals working within primary care who are involved in the care of patients with cardiac related conditions. 

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 the module. 

You should be a registered nurse or healthcare practitioner, who is involved in the delivery of care, and you will need to demonstrate evidence of previous study at level 5.

See below for an overview of this course:


  • You will be expected to understand the principle structures of the heart and cardiac function.
  • You will critically explore complex pathophysiology underpinning acute and chronic cardiac conditions.
  • You will critically examine the management of patients with cardiac conditions. 
  • You will critically analyse the contemporary evidence underpinning the care delivery and management of cardiac conditions.
  • You will appreciate the key attributes of complex cardiac issues and apply theory to practice setting

Please register your interest for this course and we will be in touch once we have confirmed dates.

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