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Course content

Advance your knowledge and clinical skills, positioning yourself to deliver a high quality, patient-led service. This postgraduate level programme will allow you to improve your critical care practice in terms of efficiency, effectiveness and quality. Through the contemporary focus of the course and collaboration with industry stakeholders you’ll access opportunities to advance your career.

Key features

-Enhance your skills, knowledge and career with a course designed specifically for existing advanced critical care practitioners.
-Shape your studies around your existing expertise with our student-centred approach.
-Join a programme developed through a dynamic collaborative relationship between Plymouth University and the NHS, providing opportunities for networking and career development.
-Equip yourself with the skills to be responsive to the ever-changing nature of the healthcare environment. This contemporary and dynamic programme means you can position yourself at the leading edge of critical care practice.
-Update and enhance your skill set thanks to the research-informed teaching embedded throughout our curriculum.
-Benefit from the extensive professional experience of our team, hailing from a diverse range of health and social care environments.

Course details

Develop your clinical skills, knowledge and competence as a trainee under the supervision of your consultant intensivist, through our integrated approach to teaching. You’ll study modules that combine both theoretical and clinical components, equipping you with the tools you need to excel as an advanced critical care practitioner. In your first year you’ll study 'core skills for advanced critical care practitioners 1', a module which combines eight weeks of taught theory and 27 weeks of associated clinical practice. You’ll build on this existing knowledge in your second year and in addition, explore the topic of non-medical prescribing.

On completion of PgDip, you have the option to enrol onto the MSc Advanced Critical Care Practitioner programme.

Core modules
-HEAD709 NMP: Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Designated Allied Health Professionals
-ACCP701 Core Skills for Advanced Critical Care Practitioners 1
-ACCP702 Core Skills for Advanced Critical Care Practitioners 2
-NMP702 Non-Medical Prescribing: Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Nurses and Midwives
-APP702 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 1

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.

Visit the Advanced Critical Care Practitioner - PGDip page on the Plymouth University website for more details!





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