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									       Management of the Acutely Ill Patient in a Variety of Settings
       (Level 3 - 40 credits) (FHEQ Level 6)

Who is it for?

Any qualified health care professional who is currently employed in clinical practice

and needs to develop assessment and management skills required to care for

acutely ill patients (level 0-1 patient dependency) relevant to their patient group, e.g.

A&E, surgery, medicine, obstetrics. You should normally have a minimum of 6

months post qualification experience.

This course unit involves collaboration between the University of Manchester and the

Critical Care Skills Institute at Trafford. There is the option to choose either a

Portfolio Review Route OR a Taught Route in order to gain 40 credits at Level 3.

The portfolio review route is the preferred rout for completing this course unit. In

order to apply for the portfolio review route students should have registered with the

Critical Care Skills Institute and be nearing completion of relevant workshops and

clinical competency document. Before starting the University of Manchester course

it is expected that you will have received the appropriate certificate of competency

from the Critical Care Skills Institute.

The taught route does not require any previous work from the Critical Care Skills

Institute. You will commence workshops and related workbooks and the clinical

competency document alongside two academic assignments all of which need to be

completed within a six month period.
Key benefits

This unit introduces health care professionals to the underpinning knowledge and

understanding of the management of patients who are requiring level 0-1 care and

who are at risk of becoming acutely unwell. It will encourage students to identify,

assess and evaluate their own learning needs and construct the programme that is

suitable to meet those needs. This will include self directed learning. Working in the

clinical environment this unit will build on your existing knowledge of the use of a

structured and systematic approach in the assessment of the level 0-1 patient

identifying the need for physiological and holistic care. The unit will develop

enhanced knowledge and skills in the evaluation and application of the knowledge of

best evidence based practice to implement appropriate care for the patient. Using

reflection you will be encouraged to review patient management, to evaluate

outcomes and plan for future management of the patient by identifying and sourcing

relevant input from the multidisciplinary team.

What will I learn?

The course is designed to expand practitioners’ existing knowledge and skills and

help them develop critical thinking to identify evidence-based interventions that

support patients and families experiencing the need for acute intervention.

How is the course assessed?

Two 2,500 word academic assignments related to your own practice. Competence

in practice is assessed by completion of a portfolio of practice based learning

outcomes (Greater Manchester Multi-professional Critical Care Programme). You

will require a mentor/assessor within your own clinical area who is familiar with the

clinical placement document issued by the Critical Care Skills Institute.

Up to 36 weeks, each student will receive a personalised schedule of workshops.

Dates of next intake

2nd February 2010

How do I apply?

Send in a completed application form, including the arrangements for funding, to the

Admissions Office, Jean McFarlane Building, The University of Manchester, Oxford

Road, Manchester, M13 9PL. The closing date for applications will be 8th January


Telephone: 0161 306 7604/7605/7746 or email


Full funding for the programme and individual course units is available through the

CPD Service Level Agreement (SLA) for staff working in the NHS in Greater

Manchester who meet the entry requirements. In order to access SLA funding this

will need to be agreed and signed off by the authorised SLA signatory in the

organisation on an annual basis. Applicants should contact the Education and

Training lead within their organisation, Practice Educator, or equivalent for more


Candidates may also self fund, the current cost for a level three 40 credits unit is


Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

1.      Understand anatomy and physiology, recognition and treatment of


2.      Recognise physiological deterioration.

3.      Assess, plan, implement and critically evaluate the care of the critically ill.
4.     Critically evaluate the contribution of the multidisciplinary team.

5.     Understand and critically analyse the underpinning professional, ethical and


6.     Demonstrate development in leadership by developing and disseminating

       innovation practice.

Intellectual Skills

7.     Provide a rationale for clinical decision making through critical evaluation of


8.     Using a systematic approach, prioritise the management of care in an acutely

       ill patient.

9.     Critically reflect on practice and how it can be enhanced and developed

       through learning by experience.

10.    Demonstrate innovation in practice through critical analysis and synthesis of

       the evidence base for practice.

Transferable Skills

11.    Develop information technology skills.

12.    Promote independent learning

13.    Recognise own strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

14.    Demonstrate time management skills

15.    Develop effective communication skills

16.    Demonstrate how innovation grounded in evidence based practice may be

       Implemented through change management

Practical Skills

17.    Demonstrate development of clinical skills and knowledge to a competent

18.   Identify individual learning needs and develop strategies to meet those needs.

19.   Share knowledge and skills with peers as part of group work or skills


20.   Demonstrate how developments in practice may be disseminated to the

      multidisciplinary team.

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