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Applied pathophysiology in children | HP6047X | Level 6 | Credits 15 | 2019/20
Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education
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Applied pathophysiology in children | HP6047X | Level 6 | Credits 15 | 2019/20
15/01/2020 | Available
15/01/2020, 16/01/2020, 22/01/2020, 23/01/2020, 12/02/2020, 19/02/2020, 26/02/2020, 04/03/2020, 18/03/2020, 25/03/2020
** Applications will ordinarily close 21 days before start date of a course.


This module is for healthcare practitioners working with acutely ill children. The delivery of acute/critical care to children is dependent upon the clinical practice of practitioners and the sound theoretical underpinning of developmental anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology. This module will enable practitioners to apply these principles to the care of children with common paediatric presentations and congenital defects. The module serves as a core module for practitioners wishing to specialise in PICU and will be of relevance for those caring for acutely ill children in other settings.

This module will enable students to:

  • Develop and enhance their knowledge and skills when caring for acutely ill children and their families.
  • Have a forum to discuss research and evidence-based practice and address contemporary issues related to caring for children and their families within acutely ill and high dependency settings.
  • Develop their knowledge and skills to enable them to care competently for acutely ill and high dependency children (Level 1 critical care; NHSE, 1977).


Who is this module for?

Nursing practitioners working within PICUs, general paediatric areas, A & E and HDUs caring for acutely ill children.


Applicants are expected to hold a recognised healthcare related qualification with current professional registration (where appropriate to the qualification) and normally a minimum of 6 months post-qualifying experience in order to consolidate training.

In addition:
Applicants should hold a qualification which provides 120 credits at level 4, or equivalent, for entry to the diploma programme or a Dip. H. E., (or equivalent), obtained within the last five years, for entry to the degree programme;
Applicants for the graduate certificate are normally expected to hold an honours or ordinary degree, or equivalent
Equivalences of overseas qualifications are assessed using a specialist resource (NARIC) to which SGUL subscribes.

Non-standard applicants
Healthcare practitioners who do not hold a Dip H.E. (or equivalent) will normally be considered for standalone level 6 module enrolments if they can demonstrate one of the following:

Successful completion within the last five years of either certificated learning at level 6 or above, or completion of more than 60 credits at level 5, or a minimum of 30 credits at level 5 at or above a grade B (60%);
Successful completion of a level 6 entrance test.

Applicants who do not meet the standard criteria for entry to the diploma programme, will be assessed on an individual basis and will normally be considered for access to standalone level 5 modules where demonstration of the ability to study at level 5 has been achieved through successful completion of an entrance test.


Written examination

Learning Outcomes
  • Apply developmental knowledge, anatomy and physiology when conducting a nursing assessment of an acutely ill/high dependency child.
  • Critically analyse how a child's body adapts to and compensates for physiological deficits and derangements.
  • Critically analyse and discuss the pathophysiology surrounding common illnesses/congenital deficits requiring acute/high dependency care in relation to the presenting signs and symptoms.
  • Apply an understanding of altered physiology when critically appraising the care/management and treatment required by acutely ill/high dependency children and how physiological responses may be understood or determined.
  • Utilise knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology to assist children and their families in understanding their condition and the care and treatment they required and/or receive.


Course length: 5 Teaching Days


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Course Leader
Name: Usha Chandran

Self Funding: £850.00

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

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