This unit is aimed at healthcare professionals working in non-critical care settings and aims to develop skills in the early identification and management of the acutely unwell adult patient.
The unit will focus on the application of the ABCDE structured assessment approach and will be supported by revision of applied anatomy and physiology. Participants will be encouraged to develop strategies for management of the acutely ill patient, including early intervention and appropriate escalation. NEWS2 and SBAR will form a key part of the unit delivery and assessment.
This course is for general/acute nurses and other healthcare professionals working in any aspect of patient care. This course is not suitable for mental health nurses unless your role also involves looking after the general wellbeing and assessment of patients.
This course requires 100% attendance.
Applicants for this unit should be employed as registered healthcare professionals working in clinical areas where patients may undergo acute physical deterioration.
Normally students may enter Level 7 (Master's level) study if they have been awarded:
If you do not meet this criteria you are still able to apply for this unit but we may ask you to complete a study skills handbook to familiarise yourself with academic writing at masters level or pre-admission work. This will be sent to you when we have received your application form.
Fees and funding:
You will need to pay or indicate employer support of payment for unit or course fees to the university.
Applicants working within the NHS or other healthcare providers may be eligible for support with funding from their employer through the Learning Beyond Registration contract with the NHS South of England.
Applicants should contact their employing organisation for further details.
The Faculty of Health & Social Sciences has contractual arrangements with NHS organisations for pre-paid places on specified modules. If you work within Dorset & Somerset or Hampshire & Isle of Wight you may be able to access the pre-paid places. These arrangements allow NHS Trusts to nominate the staff they wish to send on each unit or course.
The pre-arranged agreements allow individuals, such as yourself, a route to access appropriate professional development opportunities that are seen as strategically important to your organisation (in consultation with your Line Manager/Education Co-ordinator). All requests for pre-paid places must first be agreed by your organisation’s Education Lead prior to completing an application.
The student will present a clinical practice portfolio of evidence which will include the assessment of competence and reflection on their own performance in the assessment and management of the deteriorating patient. (3,000 words equivalent). This will be made up of clinical competencies and a case study reflection on a deteriorating patient that they have looked after.
Having successfully completed this unit the student is expected to:
1. Critically appraise their knowledge and understanding of the pathophysiology of the major body systems, and apply this to the common causative presentations of physical deterioration
2. Examine a patient utilising A-G model of assessment, critically reflecting on their own performance in taking a systematic approach to clinical assessment and use of track and trigger systems
3. Evaluate and assess their competence in communication and escalation of the assessment to other multi-disciplinary team members
4. Synthesise their clinical reasoning and decision making in the short term management of the deteriorating patient in the clinical setting, supporting the multi-disciplinary team in the ongoing care requirements.