Short courses
Health & Social Care

Care of the Acutely Ill Adult

University Certificate in Professional Development:

  • Standard University fee applies once all funded places have been allocated.

Course information

Part-time

  • 20 weeks

More part-time details

  • Credits: 40, Level: Degree
  • Enrolment date: March
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £1500

Contact details

Further information

This award enhances and complements the underpinning knowledge and skills of multidisciplinary professionals working within the acute and emergency care settings. You examine complex issues with a view to encouraging nurses to explore, challenge and appraise contemporary practice.

Using a combination of seminars and workshops delivered over 10 study days you are provided with the opportunity to reflect on care of the acutely ill adult and to question contemporary practice with fellow students.

This award explores care management across the medical, surgical and emergency care settings.

Topics covered may include:

  • assessment - physiological, risk assessment tools
  • identifying the deteriorating patient
  • shock and sepsis
  • nursing diagnosis - differential diagnosis and treatment plans
  • documentation - care plans, protocols, NICE guidelines, assessment tools and history-taking
  • respiratory assessment
  • cardiac care and electrocardiography rhythm recognition
  • care of the unconscious patient
  • overdose and self harm
  • acute abdomen surgical interventions
  • shock and haemorrhage
  • sudden death, breaking bad news, staff support, transplants
  • effective transfer and discharge
  • multidisciplinary teamwork and decision-making in acute settings
  • professional and ethical dilemmas
  • haemodynamic monitoring
  • patient safety and safeguarding.

How you learn

We use a variety of teaching methods to help you gain a comprehensive and detailed understanding of the theoretical elements taught within the award. Our teaching methods include seminars and workshops to explore the key concepts underpinning acute care. Our student-centred approach to learning encourages active participation with ongoing formative feedback. You benefit from shared delivery and learning in partnership with other critical care modules.

You need to do some self-directed study. This module is supported by the University’s virtual learning environment, e-learning@tees, with weekly pre-reading, course information and additional learning materials including mock multiple-choice questions. Academic guidance is available throughout the module by phone, email and tutorials.

How you are assessed

Component 1
This is an unseen exam (pass/fail) multiple-choice questionnaire consisting of 25 questions relating to indicative taught content, with a 60% pass mark. This will take place in week 20 of the module.

Component 2
You submit a 3,000-word assignment based on care management of an acutely ill client selected from your area of practice. Your assignment focus is negotiated with the module leader. You submit this in week 14 of the module, four weeks after the last taught session.

Entry requirements

Applicants much show evidence of previous study at diploma level.

Course information

Part-time

  • 20 weeks

More part-time details

  • Credits: 40, Level: Degree
  • Enrolment date: March
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £1500

Contact details

Further information