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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Nursing & Health

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    Part-time: One year.

  • Course Type


  • Last Updated

    25 January 2018

Course content

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:

  • 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



  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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


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.

Visit the Paediatric Critical Care - PGCert page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!




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