Short courses
Nursing, Midwifery & Health Professions

Assessing and Managing the Deteriorating Adult Patient

University Certificate in Professional Development

  • Limited HEENE-funded places are available for eligible applicants.
  • Standard University fee applies once all funded places have been allocated.

Course information

Part-time

  • 10 weeks

More part-time details

  • 3 days attendance and 2 days distance learning
  • Enrolment date: March
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384110
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants:

Contact details

Further information

This course enables you, as a registered healthcare professional, to recognise the deteriorating patient and to be able to respond appropriately.This course enables you, as a registered healthcare professional, to recognise the deteriorating patient and to be able to respond appropriately.It enhances and further develops your underpinning knowledge and problem-solving skills, improving patient outcomes through recognition and management of clinical deterioration in adult patients. You examine complex legal, professional and ethical issues – encouraging you to explore, challenge and appraise contemporary practice.

Where you study

Teesside University main campus and Darlington campus.

Module content includes:

  • haemodynamic assessment and monitoring
  • respiratory assessment and interventions
  • sepsis assessment and management (septic shock)
  • cardiogenic shock and cardiac monitoring (ECG recognition)
  • medical and surgical emergencies, for example, hypovolemic shock
  • anaphylactic shock
  • neurological assessment –acute confusional states, delirium and seizures
  • professional, legal and ethical dilemmas
  • decision-making and complex problem-solving
  • safeguarding
  • safe transfer of the deteriorating patient
  • management of the deteriorating adult
  • human factors
  • risk assessment.

How you learn

You learn through a variety of methods, including directed online learning activities. Seminars offer the chance to explore, discuss and debate complex care scenarios. There are opportunities to examine current approaches to the management of the deteriorating patient, questioning current practice within seminar groups or online discussion forums.  Distance learning is supported by the virtual learning environment (VLE).

How you are assessed

Your summative assessment comprises of a two-hour seen examination based on a scenario. The fictitious clinical scenario is released on the VLE two weeks prior to the written examination. The exam consists of four unseen questions related to the scenario. 

Entry requirements

Applicants must be registered healthcare professionals.

Health conditions requiring adjustments

For this particular course, you may need to undertake an occupational health or work-based risk assessment check. If you have a disability, specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism spectrum condition, sensory impairment or medical condition that may require reasonable adjustments during an external placement, in the university or in a clinical practice area, this must be declared as part of the enrolment process. If you are unsure you can contact the relevant admissions or course tutor for guidance.

Course information

Part-time

  • 10 weeks

More part-time details

  • 3 days attendance and 2 days distance learning
  • Enrolment date: March
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384110
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants:

Contact details

Further information