This degree will give students both practical teaching and academic insight into several areas of intensive care paediatrics. Being able to understand the theory behind current approaches whilst learning about the latest research to take the speciality forward will be of value for general paediatricians as well as potential intensivists.
Students will learn about the theory and practice of paediatric intensive care medicine (PICM), covering general issues, cardiac critical care and transport of the critically ill child. Content includes topics from UK and international PICM curricula, and will help towards building the knowledge and understanding required to undertake the European Paediatric/Neonatal Intensive Care professional qualification.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits), five optional modules (75 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time 9 months, flexible 2-5 years) is offered. The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits) and five optional modules (75 credits).
A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, part-time 1 year, flexible 1-2 years) is offered. The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits) and one optional module (15 credits).
Optional modules include
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and research project supervision. Assessment is through a combination of multiple choice questions and short-answer question examinations, essays, posters, presentations, reflective portfolios, critical appraisal of literature and, if the full MSc is taken, the dissertation, including an oral presentation.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Paediatrics and Child Health: Intensive Care MSc
The Michelle Zalkin Scholarship offers exceptional students, with a proven career interest in child protection, the chance to study for a Master's in Paediatrics and Child Health. More information can be found on the programme website.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
It is expected that most of the medically-qualified graduates from this pathway will pursue a career involving paediatric intensive care medicine in the UK or abroad. This may be as a general paediatrician with an interest in intensive care or as specialist intensivists. Nurses and associated professionals are likely to be looking for career progression into senior posts in PICM in both clinical and management roles.
This programme provides experience in current practice within paediatric intensive care medicine and equips the student to do research in both PICM and other areas of interest. These skills increase general employability and should open up training opportunities and more senior posts in PICM going forward.
This is the only taught programme anywhere across Europe that covers such a wide spectrum of paediatric intensive care medicine. Modules take the learner through the fundamentals of PICM, whilst enhancing knowledge, critical appraisal, research skills, and readiness for careers in acute paediatrics, in particular the care of critically ill and deteriorating children. Students will also have the opportunity to undertake a supervised dissertation or research project of their choice in PICM, supervised by world experts in this field. These can include clinical through basic science/laboratory studies.
The close relationship between researchers and clinicians across the UCL GOS Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital site brings together world-class clinicians and academic researchers. Students benefit from research-led teaching, which challenges them to improve practice by learning about current standards, questioning them and then developing new approaches.
This innovative course will advance your practice, and develop your knowledge and skills. You’ll critically reflect on your professional practice in caring for the critically ill child as part of the multi-disciplinary team in order to develop practice. You’ll complete the programme able to apply evidenced based practice within your clinical area and take practice forward and lead innovation.
A variety of teaching methods will be used to enable you to meet your learning outcomes of the course. These will include keynote lectures, practical workshops, tutorials, skills based teaching utilising simulation clinical, group discussions, and e-learning.
A variety of summative assessment will be undertaken; using oral case presentation in practice, OSCE, viva and clinical competencies and exam.
The course will focus on the following:
OTHER SKILLS RELEVANT TO EMPLOYABILITY AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
Throughout this course you will be working with vulnerable groups of individuals including children. In order to ensure that the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing offers places on their programmes to the most suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing will be able to guide you through this process once you have been successfully offered a conditional place at the University. It is important to note that any unsatisfactory Enhanced DBS clearance may result in the offer of your place being withdrawn even if you have already started your course.
If you’re working within neonatal intensive care, this course gives you the opportunity to advance clinically and professionally.
You’ll focus on the specialist knowledge and skills necessary for managing, promoting and delivering safe evidence-based care that addresses the physiological, psychological and cultural needs of neonates and their families.
Clinical experts in neonatology and other related fields contribute to the course, reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of real practice.
And we’re dedicated to educating them. We have strong links with other health departments at the University, including the School for Health and Related Research (ScHARR), the Department of Sociological Studies, the Medical School and the Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth.
The school is close to the central University campus, opposite the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. You’ll be at the heart of student life with West Street, Broomhill and the best students’ union in the country on your doorstep.
Because we work closely with our partners in health and social care, your course will equip you with the skills employers are looking for. All our courses are research-led, shaped by local, national and international policy. They’re designed to be flexible, to meet the demands of a rapidly changing work environment.
We teach the skills you need to establish research and education initiatives in health and social care wherever in the world you are needed. Through our partnerships with other organisations, you’ll get the chance to network and make useful contacts.
You’ll learn through lectures, seminar presentations and small-group work.
Sessions are run by either clinical experts or our experienced lecturers. Each module is assessed by a written assignment.
Our course is for practitioners registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and who are currently employed within the field of neonatal nursing.
Through our MSc Neonatal course you will critically explore the management of the ill neonate in a variety of settings in order to develop and expand your role within the field of neonatal care.
Areas of study include:
Special Care Neonatal Nursing – you will critically explore the specific needs of a baby requiring special care nursing. You will undertake the practice element of the programme within your own area of practice and will be supported by clinical mentors.
Neonatal Intensive Care/High Dependency – you will critically explore the specific needs of a baby requiring intensive care nursing. You will undertake the practice element of the programme within your own area of practice and will be supported by clinical mentors.
Neonatal Work-based Learning – this module will enable you to work towards the achievement of clinical competencies as detailed within the clinical log book; you will be supported by clinical mentors throughout.
Our course consists of three SCQF Level 10 modules, normally undertaken over six months – one year:
You will primarily be based in your own units, in both special and intensive care environments.
Our course will provide you with a standardised level of professional competence and academic accreditation. Incorporated will be the competencies of Matching Knowledge and Skills for Qualified in Speciality (QIS) Neonatal Nurses (April 2012).
Teaching & Assessment
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical workshops and guided laboratory work
Our Neonatal Nursing degree use a variety of assessment methods. The list below provides a guide to the types of assessment methods you can expect:
You will be able to further develop professionally within neonatal nursing, mapping your continuing professional development to the Health Career Framework and Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF)
Following at least a two year period of being qualified in specialty, you may undertake an MSc in Advanced Neonatal Practice.
If you are an existing and experienced paramedic, you are encouraged to apply for the Master of Specialist Paramedic Practice (which includes a nested graduate certificate for the aeromedical and retrieval specialisation, as well as a graduate diploma for the intensive care and extended care specialisations). This course will support you in improving your current knowledge, skills and clinical practice in order to prepare you for specialist clinical positions, as well as for leadership, education and research roles.
You’ll be provided with advanced education and training in pre-hospital care in an intensive care, extended care or aeromedical and retrieval specialisation.
You’ll extend your clinical practice by initially undertaking specialist paramedic-focused training in advanced clinical leadership and decision making, as well as advanced techniques, in order to provide the highest level of care in your chosen specialisation. You’ll also explore clinical practice within an integrated emergency medical system, and consider the issues and trends that influence scope of practice and service delivery.
You’ll also study clinical research methodology and may choose to complete a research project or other specialist elective coursework units to enhance your clinical skills.
Completion of the research stream provides a pathway into higher degrees by research (subject to meeting separate HDR entry requirements.) You may also apply to exit the master’s course with one of the nested awards, provided you meet the criteria.
Students may exit this course early and apply to graduate with one of the following awards, provided they have satisfied the requirements for that award during their enrolment in the Masters course:
The aim of the Advanced Critical Care Practitioner programme is to develop a new professional able to safely fulfil a proportion of those roles currently only undertaken by medically qualified intensive care trainees in the National Health Service
This new role is seen to be important in pioneering the shift of work, traditionally done only by doctors, to new, non-medically trained grades of staff. It also addresses the current workforce planning problems in critical care.
This programme allows students to extend their studies beyond the qualification required for registration (PG Diploma: Advanced Critical Care Practitioner) to an MSc, by satisfactorily completing a dissertation.
The programme is 27 months full-time which includes 24 months of academic study and clinical training, followed by 3 months of supervised practice.
Why study this course
Following on from the success of the Physicians’ Assistant (Anaesthesia) and other non-medical practitioner roles there has been renewed interest in the development of the role of Advanced Critical Care Practitioners (ACCP) from surrounding Trusts. This programme is fully supported by the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine and its seven parent Royal Colleges.
The programme is made up of 12 two-month blocks of teaching. Each block lasts for approximately 35 days to allow for holidays and is broken down as follows:
A typical week may consist of:
This programme is part of a structured training programme for the role of Advanced Critical Care Practitioner (ACCP) It is fully funded by the individual NHS Trust that supports ACCP training.
The course is suitable for all graduates who are also registered nurses. It will provide the opportunity to study complex issues in a supportive and multi-professional environment. You will learn skills in critiquing and applying research, and grow your leadership skills whilst keeping your client and their family central to all that you do.
This is a flexible, professionally orientated programme for all nurses. It will prepare you for a research-focused profession that will help revolutionize the health provision to better meet society’s changing health needs by using new technologies and innovative, creative practices. There is a choice of optional modules to meet your goals.
The course will prepare you for new, efficient and ethical ways of working that will offer better quality nursing by placing service users and carers at the centre of decision-making, and enable you to respond to the increasing pressures on the current healthcare system.
The course offers teaching in the latest theoretical and clinical developments relating to nursing and will develop your research skills and critical thinking, providing the opportunity to conduct research under expert supervision.
You will have the opportunity to debate nursing provision in multi-professional contexts, and develop a foundation of research skills.
The Clinical Skills Centre at City offers excellent facilities for you to rehearse practical caring skills prior to your practice placement. You will have access to a simulated 6-bedded high dependency unit (HDU) with realistic equipment including piped oxygen, call bells, medicines and emergency equipment. In addition, medium fidelity simulators and laboratories, including a biology laboratory, will allow you to rehearse skills in preparation for practice in a range of placements, including clinics and people's homes.
The School of Health Science is one of the first health schools in the UK to open a Technology Enabled Care Studio, City TECS. City TECS is specially designed studio flat at our Northampton Square campus, fully equipped with the latest telehealth and telecare technologies, providing you with the unique opportunity to learn how to use the latest and future healthcare technologies whilst you study.
The programme is taught by academic staff from the School of Health Sciences, supported by clinical colleagues. Most of the modules are worth 15 credits (or 1\8 of the total programme). However, some modules are worth 30 credits.
A range of teaching and learning strategies are used, depending upon the nature of the material; these will include lectures and small group tutorials, group work, simulated practice and visits.
The assessments are equally as varied, and will include course work, online projects, invigilated examination and practical examination.
Your dissertation is worth 60 credits (1\3 of the entire programme) and is a piece of research undertaken with the supervision of an academic member of staff with a special interest in your topic. They are appointed by the programme director or the module leader.
The exact sequence of modules is negotiable, and will depend upon your availability to study (in the case of part-time students), your electives and the occurrence of the modules.
You are advised to undertake the core compulsory modules during the first year; APM001 (Critical Approaches to Advanced Practice, 15 credits) during PRD1 and HRM001 (Introduction to Research Methods and Data Analysis, 30 credits) during PRD1 or PRD2
There are discipline-specific modules which are APM022 (Pathophysiological Approaches to Advanced Practice), which is normally taken in PRD1 of the first or second year and NMM024 Medicines Management, which is normally taken in PRD2 of the first or second year. Each of the discipline specific modules is worth 15 credits and involves one day a week at City, University of London for 5-7 weeks, plus an additional 100-120 hours private study.
The dissertation module represents the pinnacle of your scholarly achievements, and is usually undertaken last (60 credits)
You may select up to three elective modules, and undertake them in any sequence that is compatible with the timetable. Modules that have proved popular with students in the past include:
Nursing is a varied profession, and includes multiple exciting career opportunities. Health trusts are increasingly asking for nurses to hold a higher degree; these posts are autonomous and have a great influence over the health and quality of life of many people, particularly the most vulnerable in our society.
This course will equip you with the analytical and scholarly attributes you will need to make the most of the opportunities available to you, and to deliver excellent, evidence-based care to your clients.
Holding this higher degree will enhance your career opportunities in leadership and management positions and as a teachers or clinical specialist, or in research.