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Acutely unwell adult | HP6002Y | Level 6 (Undergraduate) | Credits 30 | 2020/21
Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education
Application Portal
Acutely unwell adult | HP6002Y | Level 6 (Undergraduate) | Credits 30 | 2020/21
11/09/2020 | Waiting List
11/09/2020, 18/09/2020, 25/09/2020, 02/10/2020, 09/10/2020, 16/10/2020, 23/10/2020, 30/10/2020, 06/11/2020, 13/11/2020
08/01/2021 | Available
08/01/2021, 15/01/2021, 22/01/2021, 12/02/2021, 26/02/2021, 05/03/2021, 12/03/2021
23/04/2021 | Available
23/04/2021, 30/04/2021, 14/05/2021, 28/05/2021, 11/06/2021, 18/06/2021, 25/06/2021
** Applications will ordinarily close 28 days before start date of a course.


This module aims to enable practitioners to develop confidence and competence in the prioritised assessment and management of the acutely unwell adult patient. Using a flexible, technology enhanced approach, this core module will enable the practitioner to deliver high quality, evidence-based care which focuses on the timely recognition, effective assessment and appropriate management of this challenging patient group.


Who is this module for?

Nurses and other registered healthcare practitioners, such as paramedics, who wish to develop their knowledge and skills in caring for acutely ill patients.


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.


Usual assessment: Unseen examination and Competency Document

NOTE - TEMPORARY ASSESSMENT CHANGE: Due to Covid-19 social distancing requirements, this module has a modified assessment in place: Online Essay Questions and Competency Document. The modified assessment will apply to module runs starting from September 2020 and will remain in place until social distancing requirements can be sufficiently relaxed to allow on-site, face-to-face assessment. At the time of writing, it is not known when this will be. 

Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate and critique clinical assessment skills whilst utilising a range of sources to identify the acutely unwell adult
  2. Critically interpret assessment data in relation to pathophysiology and formulate priorities for immediate and medium term management
  3. Critically explore the clinical application, function, limitations and potential sources of error in monitoring equipment, clinical observations and technological aids
  4. Plan, deliver and critically evaluate appropriate care for a range of acutely unwell adults
  5. Demonstrate effective communication, collaboration and negotiation skills to work as a pivotal member of the multidisciplinary team
  6. Critically evaluate the evidence-base for the management of acutely unwell adults
  7. Critically discuss the ethico-legal and economic implications of caring for acutely unwell adults


Course length: 10 teaching days plus exam


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Course Leader
Name: Suzan Thompson

Self Funding: £1690.00

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

Mode of Delivery
Online learning - NOTE: In the autumn term, due to Covid-19 social distancing requirements, face-to-face teaching will be limited to clinically focused modules incorporating practical skills teaching. This will remain the case throughout the 2020/21 academic year, until social distancing requirements can be sufficiently relaxed to allow a greater proportion of on-site teaching. At the time of writing, it is not known when this will be.
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