Short courses
Health & Social Care

Step 2 Competency in Adult Critical Care

University Certificate in Professional Development:

  • Limited HEENE-funded places are available for eligible applicants (you must check this with admissions before applying)
  • Standard University fee applies once all funded places have been allocated.

Course information

Part-time

  • 10 weeks

More part-time details

  • 5 full days over 10 weeks
  • Enrolment date: October 2017
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384110 | sohscadmissions@tees.ac.uk

Contact details

Further information

This award is for adult critical care nurses currently working in critical care. It addresses the guidelines for critical care nursing as described by the Critical Care Nurse Education Review Forum, incorporating the Critical Care National Competency Framework Step 2.

The course is delivered across five contact days over a 10-week period within semester 1. You address the complex care required by critically ill patients, enabling you to develop evidence-based knowledge and skills to support effective clinical decision-making.

There is emphasis on the safe and effective integration of knowledge and evidence to support clinical decision-making. You access highly realistic patient simulation training in our simulation laboratory. This allows you to experience teamwork, leadership, communication skills, and aspects of clinical practice in a protected learning environment.

There is emphasis on the safe and effective integration of knowledge and evidence to support clinical decision-making. You access highly realistic patient simulation training in our simulation laboratory. This allows you to experience teamwork, leadership, communication skills, and aspects of clinical practice in a protected learning environment.

How you learn

We use a variety of teaching methods to help you develop your knowledge and understanding. Our teaching methods include seminars, direct supervision in the clinical area, e-resources and simulation.  You also make use of the University’s virtual learning environment e-learning@tees where you can access podcasts, blogs and videos. 

Student-led seminars, based on case studies and scenarios, encourage you as a multidisciplinary practitioner to enhance your individual learning needs, while networking and extending your knowledge and practice base. 

You also share group work and experiences with professionals from a variety of other acute and critical care areas. As a group you study reflective practice and decision-making strategies. You are encouraged to identify your own learning needs and undertake self-directed study through e-learning@tees with weekly workbooks and pre-seminar reading. 

How you are assessed

You undertake a formative, self-assessed mock examination in week 9, semester 1.

Your summative assessment consists of two components.

• Component 1 (100%) is a seen scenario-based exam (normally in week 14, semester 1)
• Component 2 (pass/fail) is completing the Critical Care Nurse Education Review Forum National Competency Framework Step 2

Career opportunities

This course addresses the national requirements for critical care nursing education.

Entry requirements

Applicants require a minimum of one year’s experience in a critical care area. You must also have completed all of Step 1 of the National Competency Framework for Critical Care.

You should also have completed Transfer for Training or plan to complete it within a year.

Assessors supporting a nurse on this module should be competent critical care nurse from your clinical area. They must also have completed a recognised course of study that meets the requirements for mentorship (NMC, 2008) as identified by the Critical Care Nurse Education Review Forum.

You are required to complete all Step 2 competencies within six months.

Course information

Part-time

  • 10 weeks

More part-time details

  • 5 full days over 10 weeks
  • Enrolment date: October 2017
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384110 | sohscadmissions@tees.ac.uk

Contact details

Further information