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Foundations Paediatric Intensive Care - Level 6 - AC6713


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/clinical educator 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 have any questions or queries about this module please contact us via email at or call (0191) 4060901.

Aimed at professionals new to the clinical area of paediatric intensive care, this module forms part of a staff induction, preceptorship or development package.

You will develop a sound foundation of knowledge, skills and expertise in paediatric intensive care in order to provide efficient and effective therapeutic care interventions. You will follow a competence-based education framework which will enable you to make independent decisions based on sound clinical skills and evidence.

Emphasis is placed on accurate holistic and family assessment together with the subsequent development and implementation of the appropriate management plans in order to provide efficient and effective therapeutic care interventions. Working with the multi professional team (MPT) to ensure high quality care is a core underpinning of this module.

Content Overview

The module provides a foundation in PICU care. Topics will include:

  • Ventilation
  • Organ donation
  • End of life care
  • Renal support
  • Cardiology
  • Family centre care

Learn from the Best

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

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.

Teaching and Assessment

The module will be delivered through blended and work based learning methods. Teaching session’s tale place in the clinical environment in collaboration with units clinical educators. The module lead from Northumbria University will also attend teaching sessions to support clinical staff. Assessment is in two parts. A written assignment and through submitting a portfolio of competency evidence.

Learning Environment

This course is delivered in clinical practice, but supported through Coach Lane Campus where you will have access to cutting-edge facilities with technology embedded through all aspects of your CPD course.

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

The module is a recognised Qualified in Speciality (QIS) qualification, an essential requirement for promotion within PICU’s.

Course info

Award Type 20 Credit, Level 6

Delivery Method Blend of Lectures, Workshops and Guided Study

Sector Health, Sport and Social Care

Study Mode Part-Time

Location Coach Lane Campus

Start Monday September 9th 2019

Duration 10 weeks (delivered on a Monday)

The module provides a foundation in PICU care. Topics will include ventilation, organ donation, end of life care, renal support, cardiology and family centre care.

Must work in children’s intensive care and be nominated by the unit’s clinical educator.

This module is only open to staff currently working in a PICU. You will need to demonstrate evidence of previous study at level 5.

Knowledge & Understanding:

Critically analyse aspects of normal and disordered physiology, demonstrate competence for accurate physiological and homeostatic measurements

Critically examine the contribution that recent developments and current research in the management of CYP Critical care can make to the delivery of high quality care.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

Justify the importance and contribution of the multi-disciplinary team to the management of the child and young person in PICU and communicate effectively within the multi-disciplinary team when caring for infants and their families.

Critically analyse physiological, pathological, psychological, cultural and sociological factors that can influence the holistic management of an individual undergoing PICU care and their families and demonstrate the ability to develop a critical approach to decision making within their role utilising appropriate evidence.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

Demonstrate an understanding of the value base required for effective delivery of care; including themes such as safety, personal dignity, compassion, person centred care, evidence based practice, promotion of individuality, independence, rights and choice.

If you have any questions or queries about this module please contact us via email at or call (0191) 4060901.

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

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