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Consolidation of Adult Critical Care Nursing Knowledge and Skills - Level 6 - AC6693


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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Critical illness is extremely complex to understand and manage. This module is designed to equip you with the knowledge and competence to manage care for Level 3 critically ill patients so you must be working on an adult critical care unit. Level 3 care is defined as patients receiving advanced respiratory support alone or patients receiving a minimum of 2 organs supported, for example cardiovascular and renal (Intensive Care Society 2009).

You will study advanced respiratory support, advanced haemodynamic monitoring, support and management of patients in organ failure, for example neurological, renal, cardiovascular, gastro-intestinal.


Study Dates for January Cohort:

Thursday 24th January

Thursday 31st January

Thursday 7th February

Thursday 14th February 

Thursday 28th February

Thursday 7th March

Thursday 14th March

Thursday 21st March

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. On this module we will be using several learning and teaching strategies that are suitable for a variety of learners. 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 care, you will be expected to actively participate in your learning by formalising your goals with a named supervisor from your practice area. 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 care nursing.

Academic assessment is via a case study/viva approach which will give you an authentic opportunity to analyse the care the patient received and to make recommendations. 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 3 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 January 2019

Duration 10 Weeks

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