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Acute & Critical Care Level 7 Module



UEA, Norwich

Event Category:

Nursing, Ambulance Service, Operating Department

Start Date

January 2021 TBC

Service Priority

Acute, Critical, Emergency & Urgent Care


13 Days







This module is available as a Health CPD credit only module or can be taken as part of the Advanced Professional Practice programme.  For further information on the Advanced Professional Practice programme please visit

Course Description

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 develop advanced, evidence-based clinical and leadership 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. 

This module advances your professional development by drawing on the four pillars of advanced practice: management and leadership, education, research and advanced clinical practice. It reinforces the core principle that advanced practice is a level of practice rather than a particular role. 

Is this course for me?

Registered Health Care Professional, registered nurse, paramedic or ODP who must: work with critically ill patients and have access to a clinical mentor. Support from employing organization is required. 2 years post registration experience in relevant field and demonstrate the ability to study at the level applied for.

What will I learn?

By the end of this module you will be able to:  

Demonstrate competent performance and leadership in all the activities specified, without direct supervision, based upon relevant evidenced based knowledge, intuition and established practice. 

Independently problem solve complex situations and initiate solutions through critical analysis and evaluation. 

Supervise, instruct and appraise others in a range of activities related to their role and responsibilities.  

Apply advanced and comparative knowledge and understanding of policies, research, and emerging issues in adult critical care to critically analyse, improve and develop innovative critical care practices.  

(Step 3: National Competency Framework for Adult Critical Care Nurses, 2015)

How will I learn?

13 Days Face to face learning

Independent Study


3 x Care Study Assignments

Assessment of Practice


Study Dates  TBC





* Be advised that course dates and timings may change

Progressing Your Studies

Although this module does not sit within a defined programme within the School of Health Sciences, it may be possible for this module to be recognised as an optional credit-bearing module within the MSc Advanced Professional Practice (APP) or BSc Enhanced Professional Practice (EPP) programmes.  For further information, please contact

Course Director

Donna Pierre


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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To apply for this as a single module as part of your Continuing Professional Development please enter the application system via Professional Development.


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