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Intensive care patient assessment | HP7015Y | Level 7 (Postgraduate) | Credits 30 | 2019/20
Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education
Application Portal
Intensive care patient assessment | HP7015Y | Level 7 (Postgraduate) | Credits 30 | 2019/20
18/09/2019 | Intake Closed
18/09/2019, 02/10/2019, 16/10/2019, 30/10/2019, 13/11/2019, 27/11/2019, 11/12/2019, 08/01/2020, 22/01/2020, 05/02/2020 (Exam)
25/03/2020 | Intake Closed
25/03/2020, 08/04/2020, 22/04/2020, 06/05/2020, 20/05/2020, 03/06/2020, 17/06/2020, 01/07/2020, 15/07/2020, 29/07/2020 (Exam)
** Applications will ordinarily close 21 days before start date of a course.


This module is a core compulsory module for the Intensive Care pathway. It is also an option module within the MSc Healthcare Practice programme and may be taken as a free standing module. The module is for practitioners working within intensive care areas or caring for the critically ill adult patient outside traditional boundaries (for example overnight recovery areas). It will enable the student to assess and interpret the adult patient's ongoing condition accurately.

When taken in conjunction with the Intensive Care Patient Management module, this module meets the requirements for the Step two and Step three competencies which are incorporated in the National Standards for Adult Critical Care Nurse Education (2016)

This module is available as an undergraduate (level 6) award.


Who is this module for?

Registered healthcare practitioners normally with one year's post-qualifying practice experience, with opportunity to assess adult intensive care patients. Practitioners should be familiar with a wide range of assessment and monitoring approaches used with adult intensive care patients.



Applicants will be required to meet all of the following criteria:

  • Hold a recognised health-related professional qualification and current professional registration.
  • Hold an Honours degree 2(ii) or above from a UK or Republic of Ireland university. An Honours degree equivalent to a 2(ii) or above from an approved institution of higher education outside the UK and Republic of Ireland will be accepted. Advice on equivalence of overseas awards will be obtained from the National Recognition and Information Centre for the UK (NARIC).
  • Normally have a minimum of one year's post-qualifying practice experience. Module specific practice related requirements and additional entry criteria will apply to some modules and these will be indicated in the module outlines.

Non-standard applicants

Applications will be considered from non-standard applicants who can demonstrate the following certificated learning:

  • a DipHE from a UK or Republic of Ireland university or equivalent qualification from an approved institution of higher education outside the UK and Republic of Ireland

and one of the following completed within the last five years:

  • successful completion of a standalone module at level M OR
  • a minimum of 30 credits from standalone modules at level 6, at or above grade B (60%).

Proficiency in English language

Evidence of English language testing will be required from all applicants for whom English is not their first language and who have not previously undertaken studies in English. The required level of proficiency will be a minimum overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score (or equivalent) of 6.5, with no section achieving less than 6.0. Evidence of proficiency must be dated within the last two years. Applicants who have taken the examination more than twice in one year will not be considered.

International applicants

All international applicants must satisfy the requirements of the UK Border Agency in relation to St George's responsibilities as a Highly Trusted Sponsor for students (Tier 4).

Advanced practice route

Applicants for this route will be required to meet all the following additional requirements:

  • a minimum of two years full-time experience (or the equivalent in part-time hours) in health or social care employment
  • be employed in a senior role
  • demonstrate they are working in a practice setting which enables the achievement of the specialist compulsory module outcomes relating to the Advanced Practice competencies (Great Britain, Department of Health, 2010).

Written examination

Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate critical awareness of the specialist knowledge, skills and approaches required to provide a comprehensive assessment of the adult intensive care patient.
  2. Appraise the pathophysiological changes associated with a range of conditions related to critical illness.
  3. Scrutinise and reflect on complex assessment data (using relevant comparisons for age, sex, co-morbidities, normal values and underlying pathophysiology).
  4. Critically evaluate the clinical significance and implications of assessment data for the patient.
  5. Appraise data obtained from the use of technology and how this informs intensive care patient management.
  6. Review sources of information from a range of perspectives (including information technology) and justify its impact on the assessment process.
  7. Contextualise and appraise the relevance of invasive and non-invasive monitoring approaches.


Course length: 10 Teaching Days


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Name: Johannes Mellinghoff

Self Funding: £1690.00

*Trust Commissioning and Trust Non-contract funding same price as above

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