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Advanced Critical Care (Level 6)



Tuesday 24 April 2018 - Tuesday 3 July 2018


UEA, Norwich

Event Category:

Nursing, Allied Health Professionals, Ambulance Service, Operating Department

Service Priority:

Acute, Critical, Emergency & Urgent Care

Start Date:

April 2018


6 Days







This module in advanced critical care develops the specialist knowledge and clinical skills required to competently care for Level 2 and 3 (ventilated) critically ill patients (Intensive Care Society 2009 and CC3N 2015).

It further develops the required advanced skills in communication, assessment techniques, interpretation of patient data, responding to rapid changes in patient status, and working closely with other members of the multi-disciplinary team in a highly technical clinical environment.

Specific advanced skills include: renal replacement therapy (Haemofiltration), invasive haemodynamic monitoring, inotrope therapy, invasive/non-invasive ventilation techniques and end of life care. This module concurrently fosters critical care practitioners with effective skills in clinical judgements and decision-making in rapidly changing situations through reflective processes. It promotes the deliver high quality, compassionate, person-centred care to patients and their loved ones, embracing the culture espoused by the 6 Cs (DH 2012).  

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



Study dates

24 April 2018

8,22 May

5, 19 June

Off Campus Learning

3 July


3 July

*Please be advised that course dates and timings may change


Course Director

Dr Helen Bell (

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