Continuing Professional Development (short course)
Module level: 6
Module credits: 60 credits
Provide the highest standards of safety and care for people who are critically ill. Learn to re-evaluate and enhance clinical practice for continually improved safety and quality. Learn to deal with continually emerging new technologies and therapies. Understand the importance of competence as one of the 6 Cs.
You can take this module as a PG Cert Critical Care.
In the ever-changing world of critical care, where new technologies and therapies emerge all the time, healthcare professionals must constantly develop and maintain their own competence. You are required to deal with ongoing change and advancement even as you help patients to recover from serious and life-threatening illnesses.
The importance of competence within nursing is recognised as one of the 6 ‘Cs’ (besides care, compassion, communication, courage and commitment), which are fundamental to developing the highest standards of healthcare. Our module therefore connects theory with practical competence, as supported by the National Standards for Critical Care Nurse Education.
Our module will enhance your ability to provide safe, high-quality care for people who are critically ill. You’ll learn strategies for helping to improve practice, continually re-evaluating and enhancing care so that you embed safety and quality at the heart of your clinical practice.
An essential element of our module is the time spent working within critical care with Level 2 & 3 patients. A clinical mentor will help you to achieve Step 2 and Step 3 competencies as determined by the Critical Care National Network Nurse Leads Forum (CC3N).
Our module follows the structure of the ABCDE assessment. Airway management is explored as are the principles of invasive mechanical ventilation and non-invasive ventilation. Circulatory assessment and interventions to support the cardiovascular system are also addressed within the module. Neurological assessment and care are examined along with the issues associated with sedation and delirium within the critically ill population. Ex patients from intensive care are invited to come and talk to the students about their experiences of critical care and beyond. Normal anatomy and physiology are explained first to ensure students have a baseline level of knowledge to underpin their practice. The pathophysiology associated with critical illness is also analysed to enable the student to understand the underlying pathophysiology and the interventions taken to manage these within the critical care setting.
How you’ll learn
You’ll learn both in the classroom and in the practice area. You’ll attend lectures, seminars, scenario-based group work and simulations. An essential element of the module is the time spent working within critical care with Level 2 & 3 patients; a clinical mentor will help you to achieve Step 2 and Step 3 competencies as determined by the Critical Care National Network Nurse Leads Forum (CC3N).
You’ll be assessed via a self-reflective assignment, a short-answer exam paper based on a clinical scenario and two practice assessment documents based on the Step 2 and Step 3 competencies as determined by the Critical Care National Network Nurse Leads Forum (CC3N).
To access this course, you must have 6 months experience in a critical care practice environment and professionally registered.
This course is now full, but you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest for new dates.
Take this module at postgraduate level 7 to be awarded a PG Cert Critical Care
The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.
With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.
At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly, supportive and experienced staff. With over 150 research students across our three doctoral programmes (PhD; DProf and EdD), we provide the multi-disciplinary perspective and potential for academic debate that reflects our position as a leader in practitioner-focused and practice-led research studies.
Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.
You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, social services, local and regional authorities, schools and academic institutions.
Your enthusiasm. Our passion. Your best foot forward.
Please ask your manager or Education Lead about available funding before you apply.
Part-time postgraduate (Up to 5 years)
January 2019, September 2018
Short course continuing professional development (12 weeks)
April 2018, September 2018, January 2019
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