Advanced Critical Care Level 6 Module
Nursing, Allied Health Professionals, Ambulance Service, Operating Department
Acute, Critical, Emergency & Urgent Care
Sept 2019 TBC
Advanced critical care practitioners require specialist knowledge and clinical skills to competently care for Level 2 (High Dependency) and 3 (Ventilated) critically ill patients (Intensive Care Society 2009 and CC3N 2015). Throughout this module you will further develop your clinical skills in communication, assessment techniques, interpretation of patient data, responding to rapid changes in patient status, and working effectively with other members of the multi-disciplinary team. Specific advanced skills include: renal replacement therapy, invasive haemodynamic monitoring and ventilation techniques. You'll learn through a series of lectures and work-based clinical experiences. Learning is assessed via achievement of the Step 3 National Critical Care Competencies in clinical practice and an end of module written examination. This module promotes the delivery of high quality, compassionate, person-centred care to patients and their loved ones. Pre-requisites: Acute and Critical Care module (40 credits at level 6) including Steps 1 and 2 of the National Critical Care Competency Framework. Co-requisite: Applicants must be critical care practitioners working a minimum of 0.6 FTE in a critical care unit that provides care for level 2 and 3 patients.
Is this course for me?
Applicants must be critical care practitioners working a minimum of 0.6 FTE in a critical care unit that provides care for level 2 and 3 patients (Intensive Care Society 2009) and have access to a qualified mentor with relevant clinical experience for the duration of the module. Critical care practitioners could include: nurses, operating department practitioners, paramedics or other relevant professional practitioners.
What will I learn?
- Apply advanced knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory, cardiovascular, renal, immune and neurological systems, and the pathophysiology of specific conditions, to the assessment and management of critically ill adults.
- Analyse and interpret clinical data, and select appropriate therapeutic interventions within adult critical care.
- Discuss and apply relevant local, national and international policies that directly impact on the quality of adult critical care services.
- Demonstrate evidence-based clinical competence in the assessment and management of adult patients with complex critical care conditions.
- Demonstrate problem-solving and decision-making skills in rapidly changing situations within adult critical care.
- Discuss and apply relevant local, national and international policies that directly impact on the quality of adult critical care services
- Assist in the promotion of health and lifestyle changes that are appropriate to the patient and family including rehabilitation strategies.
- Demonstrate and promote compassionate, person-centred care that embraces the culture espoused by the 6 ‘C’s (DH 2012).
- Demonstrate and evaluate advanced communication skills with patients, their families and the inter-professional team.
- Demonstrate leadership skills in service improvement and teaching and review of other members of staff.
How will I learn?
- Study day
- Face to face learning
Off Campus Learning
To be confirmed
To be confirmed
*Please be advised that course dates and timings may change
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