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This course is ideal if you’re a healthcare practitioner seeking to advance your practice and enhance your knowledge of evidence-based research. Throughout this course you’ll develop and explore knowledge, skills and professional capability in managing the complex needs of the patient in the emergency care arena. You’ll take part in lectures and skills workshops, with a significant emphasis on interactive scenario-based simulation training and opportunities to apply new knowledge and skills within your specialty practice. Learning and teaching in clinical practice will be under the supervision of an experienced practitioner within your own clinical area.
Our course will build on the strength of your experience and expertise, as a practitioner, and will develop your skills by critically examining, recognising and tackling the commonest causes of avoidable hospital mortality and morbidity in critical care through improved patient safety and compassionate care.
Links with industry and professional recognition
By successfully completing this course you’ll be well placed to take on an advanced clinical practitioner role in an emergency care setting. Employers have directly contributed to the development of this course and the 60 credit theory/practice module requires employer mentoring ensuring that both the curriculum and you are fit for practice.
MODULES & ASSESSMENT
Adult Acute CareThis module explores all aspects of adult acute care and the support required for family or carers. It builds on the concept of Quality Critical Care (2005), recognising that individuals have the right to specialist care, regardless of location or speciality. Patient safety is an absolute priority and lessons learnt from the NPSA reports (2007, 2008) and the initiative of ‚Reducing Harm from Deterioration’ (Patient Safety First 2008) is incorporated as an outcome measure. Maintaining adequate tissue perfusion and oxygenation is essential for life. Compromise from any cause will lead to organ dysfunction, failure or even death. Through skilled assessment and interventions, practitioners can be proactive in detecting and supporting the highly dependent and acutely ill patient. This module provides the practitioner with the knowledge necessary to care for the highly dependent and acutely ill patient and maps directly against National Institute for health & Clinical Excellence Clinical Guideline 50, Acutely ill Patients in Hospital (2007). It is also guided by the Department of Health (2009) competencies for the acutely ill adult. In this post Francis (2013) era, the focus on patient experience and the NHS Constitution (2012) are embedded in the module. National reports such as ‚Time to Intervene’ (National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome & Death 2012) and ‚Time to Act’ (Parliamentary Ombudsmen 2013) continue to record failings in the provision of acute health care provision. This module helps to address how these failings may be remedied from the perspective of the practitioners and of the organisation. Opportunities to simulate practice and identify the human factors that influence patient safety together with increasing situational awareness will assist in this goal. Learning and teaching strategies include lectures, skills workshops, and a scenario based workshops. Opportunities to apply new knowledge and skills within your specialist practice will be facilitated.
Emergency CareInjury or illness may occur suddenly or may arise as a consequence of an underlying condition. It may have life threatening implications. The purpose of this module is to consider and explore the common illnesses and injuries of clients attending the emergency department. The accepted initial and subsequent management of these illnesses and injuries are critically evaluated. The use of effective teamwork and interdisciplinary collaboration are related to current key policies in the practice situation. This module is a theory/practice module in which the student will learn both in the classroom and in the practice area. Learning and teaching methods in the classroom will include a variety of methods such as lectures, seminars, group work, simulation, etc. Learning and teaching in clinical practice will be under the supervision of an experienced practitioner within your own clinical area. The module is assessed from both a theory and practice perspective.
Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change.
There are three parts to the Adult Acute Care module: a critical analysis relating to an aspect of care in an acutely ill patient, clinical competencies to stage five (expert) and an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) which takes place in the skills laboratory.
Your Emergency Care module assessment is through four short OSCE scenarios which explore and analyse the assessment and management of service users across a spectrum of clinical presentations, and through a Viva Voce of one of the OSCE scenarios plus a supporting written assignment. Your practice is assessed by a practice supervisor and through the achievement of clinical competencies at expert level.