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This degree will give students both practical teaching and academic insight into several areas of intensive care paediatrics. Read more

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.

About this degree

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).

Core modules

  • Paediatric Clinical Care (General)
  • Cardiac Critical Care
  • Stabilisation and Transport of the Critically Ill Child

Optional modules include

  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Molecular and Genetic Basis of Paediatrics
  • Specialist Paediatrics I
  • Specialist Paediatrics II
  • Specialist Paediatrics II
  • Immunisation and Communicable Diseases
  • Healthy Child Programme 0–18 years
  • Disability
  • Safeguarding Children and Children in Society
  • Nutrition, Growth and Physical Activity
  • Respiration through Life, Health and Disease
  • Principles and Practice in Paediatric Gastroenterology
  • Investigations and Management in Paediatric Gastroenterology

Dissertation/report

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

Funding

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.

Careers

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.

Employability

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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

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. 



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The Postgraduate Certificate in Adult Intensive Care Practice enables UK registered healthcare professionals to achieve professional development and gain experience in this specialist area. Read more
The Postgraduate Certificate in Adult Intensive Care Practice enables UK registered healthcare professionals to achieve professional development and gain experience in this specialist area.

You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of care, relevant to the management of critically ill patients with complex care needs being cared for in an intensive care environment.

Successful completion of this course allows you to exit with the Postgraduate Certificate in Adult Intensive Care Practice worth 60 CATS credits at Level 7.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/courses/postgraduate/2015/postgraduate-certificate-in-adult-intensive-care-practice/

Why choose this course?

- Practitioners are educated to develop a critical understanding of adult intensive care practice and by applying evidence based practice, deliver the best outcome of care for the patient and their family.

- There is an emphasis on practice focused learning throughout, with learning and assessments being based around practice and the workplace.

- Identifying the importance of developing the skills of the practitioner for practice ensures the transferability of the programme to direct service provision.

- Curriculum content is informed by relevant national and international research and evidence based literature to help you to expand the breadth of your studies and develop a depth of critical analysis and evaluation of practice.

- Importance is placed on the individual's experience within the educational process and your journey of lifelong learning from both a personal and professional perspective.

- Our lecturers are experienced in their specialist practice areas and maintain excellent practice links with those areas locally or across the region.

This course in detail

This postgraduate certificate consists of two compulsory modules, one single (20 credits at Level 7) and one double (40 credits at Level 7). Both modules are delivered face to face.

- Modules
P44008 Adult Cardiorespiratory Intensive Care Practice (20 credits)
This level 7 single practice module will provide you with the opportunity to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of care relevant to critically ill patients with haemodynamic and respiratory compromise.

P44010 Dimensions of Adult Intensive care practice (40 credits)
This level 7 double practice module provides you with the opportunity to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of care. This relates directly to the management of critically ill patients with neurological, renal or gastrointestinal compromise and those with multiple traumatic injuries.

Teaching and learning

This programme's teaching, learning and assessment strategy reflects its student centred, patient-centred and practice-focused approach. Each module strikes a good balance between structured learning activities and private study. You will have opportunities for sharing existing and developing skills while increasing your knowledge and experience. A variety of teaching and learning strategies will be employed to make the most of the range of experience, skills and knowledge within the group.

Approach to assessment

You will be assessed in each of the modules. Assessment strategies are chosen because of their appropriateness for an individual module and programme learning outcomes and content, the academic standard expected and the different styles of learning present within the group. Assessments provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge as well as the critical and reflective analysis required for professional practice.

The assessments also enable you to experience a range of valuable postgraduate attributes relevant to your future career.

How this course helps you develop

Teaching, learning and assessment strategies focus on core postgraduate attributes encouraging development of critical self-awareness and personal literacy, digital and information literacy and active citizenship within the context of both academic and research literacy.

Careers

Students who have completed similar postgraduate certificate courses have been employed within their speciality both locally and nationally. This course enables you to work through the Agenda for Change grading bands to gain career progression within your adult intensive care practitioner field.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

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The MSt is part of the Clinical Medicine Programme, a suite of part-time courses designed to enhance the specialist skills of senior healthcare professionals in training and broaden their understanding in healthcare education, research, leadership and management. Read more
The MSt is part of the Clinical Medicine Programme, a suite of part-time courses designed to enhance the specialist skills of senior healthcare professionals in training and broaden their understanding in healthcare education, research, leadership and management.

The programme has been developed by Cambridge University Health Partners, the academic health sciences centre, in conjunction with the School of Clinical Medicine and the Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge.

The Intensive Care pathway will be offered for the first time in October 2016. It is expected that further subspecialties will be available in future and will form a broad panel of routes for training in subspecialty clinical medicine.

Visit the website: http://www.ice.cam.ac.uk/mst-clinical-medicine

Course detail

Aims of the programme:

- Create an international cohort of consultants able to pursue and develop their roles in a rapidly-changing and challenging environment of clinical medicine

- Develop the confidence within these consultants to lead service improvement for safe and high quality patient care, with the required knowledge, skills and capability to have a positive personal impact on the work of others in their clinical team and wider service

- Develop consultants with an understanding of teaching, professional development and assessment in the field of clinical medicine

- Develop consultants with an understanding of research methodologies and ethical considerations relevant to clinical medicine

- Encourage participants to develop as reflective practitioners with the emotional intelligence, resilience and astuteness required to be effective clinical leaders

- Encourage a commitment to intellectual challenge and evidence-based clinical practice informed by the latest conceptual and theoretical knowledge of medical education, research methods, ethics and clinical leadership and governance

Format

It is expected that students will be admitted for the MSt degree from the outset and study part-time over two years. You will complete the Postgraduate Certificate modules in year one and the intensive care taught modules in years one and two, with a clinical research project and associated dissertation in year two.

Students will also study the Helmsmanship programme in parallel with the MSt.

Modules

Year 1: Postgraduate Certificate modules:

Module 1: Clinical Research
Teaching dates: 12 – 15 September 2016; 28 November 2016

Module 2: Clinical Education
Teaching dates: 23 – 26 January 2017; 9 February 2017

Module 3: Clinical Leadership
Teaching dates: 25 – 28 April 2017; 8 June 2017

Years 1 and 2: Intensive care modules:

Module 1: Sub-specialty Intensive Care Medicine
Dates to be confirmed.

Module 2: Intensive Care Medicine at Cambridge
Dates to be confirmed.

Module 3: Research in Intensive Care Medicine
Dates to be confirmed.

Helmsmanship

Helmsmanship is a unique, two year, non-award bearing course which will help you to develop the non-clinical skills required for consultant-level appointments at tertiary centres. The course is designed to provide personalised comprehensive training in the attributes required to be an effective senior clinician.

It is delivered by Cambridge University Health Partners together with the Judge Business School. The faculty includes clinicians, senior NHS managers, organisational development consultants, Judge Business School academics, and experts from the wider Cambridge community.

The course is practically focussed, developing advanced skills in education, teamworking, leadership and management in an environment which encourages personal development, organisational intelligence, iconoclasm, and resilience. It is delivered in a variety of formats, using innovative tools to engender skills such as consultant level responsibility, development and improvement of clinical and non-clinical services, change management, and the effective supervision of teams and engagement with colleagues.

Helmsmanship is not delivered in any other environment and is designed to fit within the Clinical Medicine Programme at Cambridge.

Assessment

Students are assessed throughout the taught modules of the programme using a variety of techniques and interrelated strategies including evidence of regular reflection. Demonstration of active participation in the programme will be required. There may also be a requirement for the students to take part in peer review of other students.

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Funding

You may be interested to know that from 2016/17, Student Finance England (SFE) is introducing a postgraduate loans scheme for full-time and part-time Master’s courses. Information on eligibility, the amount of the loan and the level of repayment can be found in SFE’s The Student Room: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/content.php?r=5659-Student-Finance

Please note that SFE is planning to take applications via its main Student finance website, from summer 2016: https://www.gov.uk/student-finance

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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. Read more

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.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

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.

PROGRAMME AT A GLANCE

The course will focus on the following:

  • Review of paediatric differences
  • Physiology and pathophysiology
  • Paediatric clinical assessment
  • Diagnostics
  • Using established recognition and response systems – track & trigger
  • Recognising clinical deterioration and escalating care
  • Responding to clinical deterioration
  • Communication skills, using SBAR effectively
  • High dependency care/ critical care
  • Stabilising a child for transfer
  • Interactive scenario based learning activities
  • Accountability, legal and ethical issues in relation to professional boundaries and clinical competencies and Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) working.
  • Critical appraisal of research and evidence relating to the critically ill child

FURTHER INFORMATION

COURSE AIMS:

  • To facilitate the student to develop the clinical skills required to safely and effectively manage the care of neonates, children or young people in a paediatric intensive care unit.
  • To enhance the skills and knowledge of the student to enable him/her to implement evidence based, safe and innovative care as part of the multi-professional team in the paediatric intensive care setting
  • To facilitate the student to critically reflect on their own experiences, challenge assumptions and consider alternative courses of action to support the development of a high quality service that takes appropriate account of service/carer/user views.
  • To develop the skills of the student in evaluating the impact of interventions, leading change and supporting innovation in paediatric intensive care practice

 LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Critically analyse holistic approaches to care for the child requiring intensive care and their family
  • Critically evaluate and demonstrate the assessment of a critically ill neonate/ child /young person
  • Demonstrate and critically evaluate effective communication within the multi-disciplinary team to enable and support developments in evidence based paediatric intensive care practice
  • Critically analyse strategies to enable and empower children, their carers or family, as appropriate, to become partners in their care
  • Critically analyse the contemporary knowledge base influencing the management and care of patients in the paediatric intensive care setting within a changing National Health Service
  • Synthesise findings of contemporary evidence to support innovation in paediatric intensive care

SUBJECT-SPECIFIC SKILLS

  • Demonstrate in-depth analysis of the altered physiological processes of specific disease processes and provide rationales for their impact in clinical practice.
  • Critically analyse and synthesise the data obtained through clinical assessment, monitoring and surveillance to inform, evaluate and develop clinical interventions.
  • Critically evaluate the specialist evidence base so as to influence care provision in the paediatric intensive care unit.
  • Critically reflect on the contribution of the multi-disciplinary team, service users/ family/carers in the delivery of effective high quality care.

THINKING SKILLS

  • Critically evaluate key research and synthesise practice findings in order to challenge the evidence base influencing practice
  • Actively engage in critical reflection and further develop the skills of reflective practice
  • Effectively influence decision-making in the management of the critically ill neonate/ child/ young person
  • Utilise problem-solving skills to support innovation in practice.

 OTHER SKILLS RELEVANT TO EMPLOYABILITY AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Communication skills: written and verbal
  • IT skills including use of on-line classroom technology
  • Working with others and working independently
  • Problem Solving
  • Personal development planning
  • Identifying and developing innovation opportunities

DBS CHECKS

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.



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About the course. If you’re working within neonatal intensive care, this course gives you the opportunity to advance clinically and professionally. Read more

About the 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.

The world needs health professionals

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.

We teach the skills that matter

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.

Core modules

  • Intensive Care of the Newborn
  • High Dependency Care of the Newborn
  • Concepts Care of the Newborn

Teaching and assessment

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.



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The programme is designed to facilitate and guide the student to care effectively and efficiently for critically ill patients and their families within the intensive care environment. Read more
The programme is designed to facilitate and guide the student to care effectively and efficiently for critically ill patients and their families within the intensive care environment. The major focus is the provision of care in a holistic manner and will build on existing knowledge and skills to become knowledgeable practitioners in the dynamic intensive care setting.

This course is especially designed for practice nurses, especially those working or hoping to work in ICU.

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Our course is for practitioners registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and who are currently employed within the field of neonatal nursing. Read more

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.

Course Details

Our course consists of three SCQF Level 10 modules, normally undertaken over six months – one year:

  • Special Care Neonatal Nursing
  • Neonatal Intensive Care/High Dependency
  • Neonatal Work-based Learning

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:

  • Written examinations
  • Oral presentation
  • Written reports
  • Coursework
  • Academic posters

Career Prospects

Jobs

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)

Further Study

Following at least a two year period of being qualified in specialty, you may undertake an MSc in Advanced Neonatal Practice.



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PGCert in Dimensions in Health Care allows health care professionals to study a specialist pathway that suits their needs. We are now offering the following Post Graduate Certificate Dimensions in Health Care Pathways. Read more
PGCert in Dimensions in Health Care allows health care professionals to study a specialist pathway that suits their needs.

We are now offering the following Post Graduate Certificate Dimensions in Health Care Pathways. These Pathways start in September, however if you wish to do stand-alone modules you may start at any point throughout the year.

Please contact the relevant Pathway Leader for more information.

Post Graduate Certificate Dimensions in Health Care (Adult Critical Care)
Kathy Clarke T: 0121 331 6106 E:


Post Graduate Certificate Dimensions in Health Care (Applied Biomedicine)
Roger McFadden T: 0121 331 6040 E:

Post Graduate Certificate Dimensions in Health Care (Burn Care)
Post Graduate Certificate Dimensions in Health Care (Burns & Plastic Surgery)
Post Graduate Certificate Dimensions in Health Care (Plastic Surgery)
Post Graduate Certificate Dimensions in Health Care (Plastic & Maxillofacial Surgery)
Post Graduate Certificate Dimensions in Health Care (Maxillofacial Surgery)
Jane Leaver T: 0121 331 7164 E:


Post Graduate Certificate Dimensions in Health Care (Cardiac Care)
Post Graduate Certificate Dimensions in Health Care (Coronary Care)
Simon Dobbs T: 0121 331 7102 E:


Post Graduate Certificate Dimensions in Health Care (Cardiothoracic Practice)
Tony Whittle T: 0121 331 7127 E:


Post Graduate Certificate Dimensions in Health Care (Haematology)
Post Graduate Certificate Dimensions in Health Care (Cancer Care)
Post Graduate Certificate Dimensions in Health Care (Haematology & Cancer Care)
Post Graduate Certificate Dimensions in Health Care (Paediatric Cancer Care)
Alison Simons T: 0121 331 7012 E:
Samantha Toland T: 0121 331 7012 E:


Post Graduate Certificate Dimensions in Health Care (Health Policy, Management & Leadership)
Kate Thomson T: 0121 331 6151 E:


Post Graduate Certificate Dimensions in Health Care (Infection Prevention & Control)
Shirley Kirnon T: 0121 331 6140 E:


Post Graduate Certificate Dimensions in Health Care (Neontal Critical Care)
Sue Ward-Smith T: 0121 331 7064 E:


Post Graduate Certificate Dimensions in Health Care (Paediatric Intensive Care)
Anne-Marie England T: 0121 331 7050 E:
Nikki Kidd T: 0121 331 7050 E:


Post Graduate Certificate Dimensions in Health Care (Palliative & End of Life Care)
Post Graduate Certificate Dimensions in Health Care (Paediatric Cancer Care)
Gwyneth Morgan T: 0121 331 7115 E:


Post Graduate Certificate Dimensions in Health Care (Tissue Viability)
Pat Davies T: 0121 331 7104 E:

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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… Read more

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.

Alternative qualifications

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:

  • Graduate Certificate of Specialist Paramedic Practice after successful completion of 24 points of study with a minimum of 18 credit points at level 4 or above, from the core clinical units of the Aeromedical and Retrieval specialisation.
  • Graduate Diploma of Specialist Paramedic Practice after successful completion of 48 points of study with a minimum of 36 credit points at level 4 or above from the core clinical units of either the Intensive Care or Extended Care specialisations.


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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. Read more

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.

Course details

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.

Learning and teaching

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:

  • Directed self study – 70 hours
  • Small group teaching – 14 hours
  • Clinical skills teaching – 21 hours
  • Workplace experience – 140 hours

A typical week may consist of:

  • 1 2-hour tutorial
  • 2-3 days in the clinical area
  • ½ day clinical skills training
  • 1½ days self-directed study, e.g. working through the e-lectures

Employability

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.



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If you're a graduate healthcare practitioner aiming to become a competent and confident critical care nurse, our course will prepare you for delivering quality, safe care in a demanding environment. Read more
If you're a graduate healthcare practitioner aiming to become a competent and confident critical care nurse, our course will prepare you for delivering quality, safe care in a demanding environment.

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/part-time/critical-care

It’s well recognised that adult critical care nursing is a demanding and highly skilled role requiring comprehensive knowledge and understanding for good practice.

Our course will effectively prepare you both clinically and academically to become a competent and confident critical care nurse. It’s delivered by well qualified teachers and carries a nationally-recognised award accepted by healthcare provider trusts and independent sector healthcare organisations in the UK. Our course is mapped explicitly against the recommendations of the National Standards for Critical Care Nurse Education.

The Critical Care Nurse Education Review Forum values individuals and organisations that are delivering high-quality critical care educational courses, which will impact directly on the quality of care received by critically ill patients. Healthcare managers and clinical leaders can be assured that our course is fit for purpose and award.

On graduation, you’ll have enhanced your knowledge of research and evidence-based care and be poised to take on a specialist practitioner role in the adult critical care environment.

The Critical Care module is also available as a continuing professional development course.

Careers

Employers value the generic postgraduate skills that this qualification assures, as well as the specialist knowledge that it provides.

Core modules

Critical Care

Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change.

Assessment

Your theory will be assessed through a reflexive assignment to explore and enhance your emotional literacy, a short answer examination paper-based around a clinical scenario and an oral examination (viva). An essential element of assessment is the time spent working within critical care with level 2 and 3 patients (Intensive Care Society 2009). The support of clinical mentors is used to achieve step 2 and step 3 competencies as determined by the Critical Care National Nurse Network Leads (2013).

Facilities

Facilities available to you while studying at Anglia Ruskin include formal classroom learning and online learning through the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). There are state-of-the-art library and clinical skills resources across all campuses, including a new purpose built health building in Cambridge. Tutorial support is provided on a one-to-one basis, in addition to being assigned a personal tutor throughout your course. Award-winning student service support is also available throughout your studies.

Special features

Specialist external speakers will provide contemporary insights into critical care practice during this course.

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Who is it for?. 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. Read more

Who is it for?

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.

Objectives

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.

Academic facilities

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.

Teaching and learning

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.

Assessment

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.

Modules

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.

Core 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)

Elective modules

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:

  • NMM400 Child Protection: Working Together Risk and Resilience (15 credits)
  • NMM053 Diabetes (15 credits)
  • APM003 Psychology for Health and Social Care (15 credits)
  • APM014 Balancing Risk and Safety (15 credits)
  • APM004 Assessing and Understanding Mental Health Problems (15 credits)
  • NMM109 Leading and Facilitating Learning in Practice (15 credits)
  • HRM004 Developing Complex Interventions (15 credits)
  • APM017 Engaging Technology (15 credits)
  • APM028 Intensive Care Core Skills (15 credits)
  • APM029 Intensive Care Role Development (15 credits).

Career prospects

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.



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The Postgraduate Certificate in Neonatal Practice enables UK registered healthcare professionals to achieve professional development and gain experience in this specialist area. Read more
The Postgraduate Certificate in Neonatal Practice enables UK registered healthcare professionals to achieve professional development and gain experience in this specialist area.

You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of care relating to the management of critically ill patients with complex care needs being cared for in a neonatal care environment.

Successful completion of this course allows you to exit with the Postgraduate Certificate in Neonatal Practice worth 60 CATS credits at Level 7.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/postgraduate-certificate-in-neonatal-practice/

Why choose this course?

- Practitioners are educated to develop a critical understanding of neonatal practice and by applying evidence based practice, deliver the best outcome of care for the patient and their family.

- There is an emphasis on practice focused learning throughout, with learning and assessments being based around practice and the workplace.

- Identifying the importance of developing practitioner skills for practice ensures the transferability of the programme to direct service provision.

- Curriculum content is informed by relevant national and international research and evidence based literature to help you expand the breadth of your studies and develop a depth of critical analysis and evaluation of practice.

- Importance is placed on the individual's experience within the educational process and your journey of lifelong learning from both a personal and professional perspective.

- Our lecturers are experienced in their specialist practice areas and maintain excellent practice links with those areas locally or across the region.

This course in detail

This postgraduate certificate consists of two compulsory modules, one single (20 credits at Level &) and one double (40 credits at Level &). Both modules are delivered face to face.

- Modules
P44022 Recognition, Stabilisation and Transport of the ‘At Risk’ Neonate (20 credits)
This Level 7 single practice module is designed to provide an in-depth exploration of the early recognition, stabilisation and management of the deteriorating neonate. It provides you as a practitioner with the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge.

P44023 Neonatal High Dependency and Intensive Care Practice (40 credits)
This Level 7 double practice module provides you with the essential knowledge and skills of caring for premature and sick neonates nursed in high dependency and intensive care.

Teaching and learning

Teaching, learning and assessment strategy reflects the programme's student-centred, patient-centred and practice-focused approach. Each module has an appropriate division between structured learning activities and private study. You will have opportunities to share your existing and developing skills, knowledge and experience. A variety of teaching and learning strategies will be employed to make the most of the range of experience, skills and knowledge within the group.

Approach to assessment

You will be assessed in each of the modules. There is a mixture of assessment strategies chosen for their appropriateness to an individual module, programme learning outcomes and content, the academic standard expected and the different styles of learning within the group. Assessments are used to give you an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge as well as the critical and reflective analysis required for professional practice.

Assessments will also provide you with an opportunity to experience a range of postgraduate attributes that will prove valuable in your future career.

How this course helps you develop

Teaching, learning and assessment strategies include development of core postgraduate attributes encouraging development of critical self-awareness and personal literacy, digital and information literacy and active citizenship within the context of both academic and research literacy.

Careers

Students who have completed similar health and life sciences vocational postgraduate certificate courses have been employed within their speciality both locally and nationally. This course enables you as a practitioner to work through the Agenda for Change grading bands to further your progression.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

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Adult nurses help care for people over 18 who are ill, injured, or have physical disabilities. They check patients' progress and decide with doctors what care to give, as well as advising and supporting patients and their relatives. Read more
Adult nurses help care for people over 18 who are ill, injured, or have physical disabilities. They check patients' progress and decide with doctors what care to give, as well as advising and supporting patients and their relatives. Although, demanding and intense work, it can also be exceptionally rewarding.

This innovative two year course will prepare you for a career in a wide range of rewarding adult nursing opportunities across both general medical and surgical wards as well as specialist units such as Accident and Emergency or intensive care. Many of our graduates take their first posts as qualified practitioners in the NHS Trusts and hospitals in which they gained experience during their training.

Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to work with qualified practitioners both to gain experience of the differing clinical environments, and to appreciate the expertise of these specialist nurses whilst on placement.

Top-up to MSc

By adding the research element of a dissertation (an extended and independent piece of written research), you'll be able to graduate with a Masters-level qualification.

Modules

You will be taught separately from the traditional three-year undergraduate students and will study the following:

Year 1

Improving quality, change management and leadership
Biology and pharmacology for health
Person centred care
Building practice skills for adult nursing
Practice experience year 1

Year 2

Care of the adult deteriorating patient
Caring for the older adult
Enhancing practice skills for adult nursing
Research in health and social care
Practice experience year 2
Plus a dissertation (for the award of MSc only).

Placements

During the course you will spend 50% of your time involved in academic study and 50% in clinical practice. A clinical practice placement allows you to put theory into practice by working with a range of health professionals in clinical situations to develop the skills, knowledge and experience required to become a competent nurse. Although sometimes challenging, practice learning is one of the most interesting and exciting aspects of learning to be a nurse.

At LSBU, you will experience a variety of clinical settings such as NHS acute Trusts, community placements, independent sector and voluntary sector organisations. If you are based at our Southwark campus you are able to experience placements at Guy's Hospital, St Thomas' Hospital, University College London Hospital, Newham University Hospital and Whipps Cross University Hospital. You will also undertake a placement in the community. If you are based at our Havering campus you are able to experience placements at Newham University Hospital, Whipps Cross University Hospital, King George Hospital and Queen's Hospital; along with a placement within the community.

Placements are spread over the two years:

Your first clinical placements are designed to introduce you to working in a professional setting and to develop essential care and basic assessment skills, infection control and learn about safeguarding vulnerable people.

You will then begin to take on more responsibility, progressing your clinical reasoning skills and begin to look small groups of patients making confident, proactive decision for their health management with little supervision.

Whilst in the clinical placement we ensure you receive continuous support and guidance from a dedicated mentor and practice learning teams made up of lecturers and practitioners.

Facilities

Adult Nursing skills laboratories
We have two adult nursing skills laboratories at our Southwark campus and three at our Havering campus. Our nursing skills labs; set up like hospital wards are used by all student nurses and midwives throughout their courses. They learn manual handling and basic life support skills and skills that are specific to their field of nursing or midwifery.

SimMan
The nursing wards have simulator mannequins: SimMan, SimBaby and SimMom. These life-size mannequins are computer controlled and can be programmed with various clinical conditions. These are operated by a computer in real-time and so respond to a student's actions. They also allow students to see the outcome of specific interventions in certain scenarios, which could make the patient better or deteriorate quite quickly.

The mannequins are used to teach students how to recognise clinical signs, and to also associate those clinical signs with the actions they are taking to care for the patient. SimMan can be male or converted to female with fully accurate anatomy and can breathe, blink, sweat, speak and groan in pain as well as have a pulse.

Employability

The course will enable you to develop a wide range of employability skills through the emphasis on a vocational approach to teaching which leads to a professional qualification leading to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

This course will prepare you for a career in a wide range of rewarding adult nursing opportunities across both general medical and surgical wards as well as specialist units such as Accident and Emergency or intensive care. Many graduates take their first post as qualified practitioners in the NHS Trusts and hospitals which they gained experience during their training. Recent graduates have achieved prominent employment positions in areas such as advanced clinical practice, management of health services or as researchers or lecturers.

Successful graduates of the PgDip can top-up to MSc in one year and will be qualified to study a range of further specialist postgraduate pathways. With additional experience, advanced practice is available at Masters level with the potential to progress to doctorate studies. Once you are a registered nurse browse our online CPPD prospectus to find out what courses are on offer to help with your professional development.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

• Direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
• Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
• Mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

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Are you a healthcare professional working in the pre-hospital arena, wishing to expand your knowledge, skills and clinical decision-making, within critical care? This unique pathway has been specifically developed to target the national need for specialist practice in pre-hospital critical care. Read more
Are you a healthcare professional working in the pre-hospital arena, wishing to expand your knowledge, skills and clinical decision-making, within critical care? This unique pathway has been specifically developed to target the national need for specialist practice in pre-hospital critical care. It includes the educational development of pre-hospital care providers in independent patient stabilisation and subsequent primary, delayed primary and secondary retrieval and transfer.

Key features

-Benefit from a programme which is highly practically orientated and outcome focused in both educational and assessment strategies. Our curriculum has been developed through an expert collaboration of Plymouth University healthcare professional academics in close association with Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) clinical specialists.
-Complete the full-time programme in a year or balance your commitments over three years with our part-time study option.
-Attend multiple unique workshops, practical skills sessions and simulation activities.
-Develop Critical Care Paramedic (CCP) knowledge and cutting edge skills such as video laryngoscopy and ultrasound skills.
-Engage in quality improvement, knowledge creation and dissemination of best practice through publication and presentation.
-Use of blended learning as a mode of delivery incorporating study blocks and distance learning technologies.
-Seize the opportunity to develop and apply advanced knowledge and skills to your area of clinical practice. Our teaching faculty includes consultants from a wide array of civilian and military acute care specialties (pre-hospital, emergency medicine, anaesthesia, intensive care) working alongside specialist critical care and air ambulance paramedics and expert educationalists.

Course details

You will study the principles and practice of advanced airway assessment and management, advanced breathing assessment and management, advanced circulation assessment and management, and advanced neurological assessment and management. Gain an intimate understanding of brain anatomy and physiology in relation to brain injury, advance your knowledge of pain management, and learn the principles and practices of delivering critical care to specialist patient groups.

To gain a postgraduate certificate, you’ll need to earn 60 credits - you’ll study three modules worth 20 credits each. To gain a postgraduate diploma, you’ll need to earn 120 credits. To be awarded the full masters degree, you’ll need to earn a total of 180 credits. You’ll study the same core modules as the postgraduate diploma, with the extra 60 credits coming from your research dissertation.

Core modules
-ADV715 Project Design for Research
-ADV702 Applying Evidence to Practice
-ADV733 Retrieval and Transfer of a Critical Care Patient Within Special Situations
-ADV716 Research Dissertation
-ADV729 Critical Care Management - Airway, Breathing and Circulation
-ADV732 Advanced Clinical Reasoning for the Critical Care Patient
-ADV730 Critical Care Management - Neurological, Environmental and Special Patient Groups
-ADV731 Pre-hospital Critical Care Passport Competencies 1
-ADV734 Pre-hospital Critical Care Passport Competencies 2

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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