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Advancing Recognising and Responding to the Deteriorating Patient

University Certificate in Postgraduate Professional Development:

This award is relevant for registered healthcare practitioners who are involved in caring for patients in an acute hospital-based environment. It is delivered over 20 weeks with half a day taught component each week.

Course information

Part-time

  • 20 weeks

More part-time details

  • Credits: 40, Level: Master's
  • Enrolment date: January
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £1020

Contact details

Further information

Global and national guidelines are available for practitioners to help improve the quality of care and outcomes for patients who are acutely ill. These guidelines are used as a basis for the award to set the standard and achieve consistency in care standards for practitioners working with acutely ill patients.

This award enables you as the practitioner to apply evidence-based knowledge to improve outcomes for deteriorating patients within the acute care setting. It explores history-taking and rapid assessment of the acutely ill patient with a focus on clinical assessment and managing respiratory, cardiac, neurological and renal systems. You also consider the safe transfer of the patient, ethical considerations and the psychological impacts.

This award addresses the requirements of transiting to Level 6 study and the following components of caring for an acutely ill patient:

  • history-taking and rapidly assessing an acutely ill patient (ABCDE approach, NEWS SBAR)
  • respiratory anatomy and physiology including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, acute respiratory distress syndrome, pneumonia, PE, pneumothorax
  • respiratory assessment including arterial blood gas, oximetry, respiratory failure, basic chest radiograph
  • respiratory management including airway management, non-invasive ventilation, tracheotomy, oxygen therapy, chest drain management, cough, breathing exercises
  • cardiac physiology including hypertension, peripheral vascular disease, left ventricular failure, acute coronary syndrome
  • cardiac assessment - rhythm analysis, central venous pressure, electrocardiogram
  • cardiac management - pharmacology, fluid replacement, shock, sepsis
  • renal physiology - acute kidney injury causes
  • renal assessment and monitoring
  • fluid management - endocrine emergency, diabetic emergency
  • neurology physiology
  • neurological assessment
  • Glasgow coma scale
  • care of the neurological patient - delirium, pain control, sedation, seizures
  • safe transfer of the critically ill patient
  • psychological impact
  • ethics and law - making difficult decisions, mental capacity act, consent, safeguarding and vulnerable patients
  • rehabilitation after critical illness according to NICE pathway CG83.

How you learn

We use a range of learning methods – lectures and seminars present key principles, practical skills and simulation sessions to help develop your clinical assessment capacity. You also benefit from online learning, through e-learning@tees, and self-directed learning. Our skills workshops uses case-based scenarios to help you apply principles to practice. You can access our online learning in the workplace. Work-based learning is a key feature of the module and there is formative activity in practice to your support learning for the objective structured clinical exam (OSCE). We provide practice workbooks to support this process, and knowledge and skills transfer to the workplace.

How you are assessed

There are two parts to the assessment. You are assessed with an OSCE practical exam which counts as 50% of your overall mark – this is submitted in week 22. The second component is a 4,000-word case study which counts as 50% of your overall mark, submitted in week 24. You must pass both assessments.

Entry requirements

You must be a registered health professional working in clinical practice with at least one year’s experience working in acute care setting. You must also have support in the workplace with a clinical supervisor to facilitate your competency development.

Course information

Part-time

  • 20 weeks

More part-time details

  • Credits: 40, Level: Master's
  • Enrolment date: January
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £1020

Contact details

Further information