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The Acutely Ill Adult - Level 7 - AC7001

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About this course

This course is part of Continuing Workforce Development for NHS practitioners. If you are interested in participating, please fill out the application form and gain authorisation from an appropriate decision maker within the NHS before sending it back to us.

Please note this module offers a variety of intake dates. Submit your application for the default month, which appears on the book now page, and indicate your preferred intake in the personal statement section from the date(s) listed in the orange box on this page. Your programme support team will be in touch to confirm your actual start date in due course. For further queries, please contact us by emailing

Care of the acutely ill adult is challenging and complex and the location of the patient does not determine the level of care that they require. This module is designed for qualified nurses working within acute care settings, caring for deteriorating patients, or patients at risk of deterioration, requiring Level 1 care (Intensive Care Society, 2009). This module aims to develop your ability to recognise, assess and manage acutely ill adult patients.

Relevant anatomy and physiology will be covered with a body systems approach to some of the common acute illnesses that patients’ present with; including respiratory failure, cardiovascular failure, acute kidney injury, neurological and metabolic disorders and gastrointestinal emergencies. Holistic nursing care will be addressed during discussion on psychosocial care. Additionally, the nursing role in ensuring patient safety will be considered with inclusion of human factors in healthcare, risk assessment, early warning scoring, communication and evidence based practice.

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

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 nursing acutely ill patients. As qualified nurses you will be expected to actively participate in your learning by developing a learning contract 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 acute illness.

It is expected that this module will give you the knowledge to assess and manage the early phases of acute illness. Formative assessment will take the form of in-class tests to assess your level of knowledge and understanding gained from course materials. The summative assessment strategy is designed to ensure that you have the knowledge to recognise, and provide appropriate care for patients in the early stages of acute illness. This will be achieved by submission of a 3500- word essay discussing the pathophysiology of an acute illness, and an exploration of the evidence base for the care and management of that illness. Throughout your summative assessment you will be expected to demonstrate mastery in your ability to critically appraise the supporting evidence for your chosen subject. You will be expected to demonstrate a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge for your chosen subject. You will also be expected to coherently and comprehensively explain your decision making.

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).


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Course info

Award Type 20 Credit, Level 7

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

Sector Healthcare Public Health

Study Mode Part-time One Day a Week

Location Coach Lane Campus

Start January 2018

Duration Spread over 10 Weeks

This module would suit nurses that care for adult patients in within acute care environments.

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.

You should be a qualified nurse working within and acute care environment. You will need to demonstrate evidence of previous study at level 6. This module can also be undertaken at level 6.

This module aims to develop your ability to recognise, assess and manage acutely ill adult patients.

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