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Acute & Critical Care Level 6 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 Enhanced Professional Practice programme.  For further information on the Enhanced 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 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. 


This module supports your professional development by promoting: management and leadership, education, research and enhanced clinical practice to enable you to move forward in your level of practice.  


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 in all the activities specified, without direct supervision, based upon relevant evidenced based knowledge, intuition and established practice.
  • Independently problem solve complex situations and offer solutions through critical analysis and evaluation
  • Supervise and instruct others in a range of activities related to their role and responsibilities
  • Apply knowledge, understanding and research to relevant policies, procedures and guidelines to critically analyse and improve practice.  

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


How will I learn?

  • 6 face to face taught days
  • Independent Study
  • Examination
  • Assessment of Practice Document

Study Dates - TBC







Course Director

Donna Pierre

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 


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To apply for this as a single module or as Part of the BSc Enhanced Professional Practice as part of your Continuing Professional Development please enter the application system via Professional Development section. 


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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