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Intensive care of the polytrauma patient | HP6008X | Level 6 (Undergraduate) | Credits 15 | 2020/21
Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education
Application Portal
Intensive care of the polytrauma patient | HP6008X | Level 6 (Undergraduate) | Credits 15 | 2020/21
02/03/2021 | Available
02/03/2021, 09/03/2021, 16/03/2021, 23/03/2021, 30/03/2021, 27/04/2021 (Moulage)
** Applications will ordinarily close 28 days before start date of a course.


This module aims to explore in detail the principles and practice of adult polytrauma patient care following their primary survey and admission to intensive care.


Who is this module for?

This module is suitable for experienced intensive care nurses and other acute healthcare practitioners involved in the care of polytrauma patients within an adult intensive care unit in a trauma hospital or tertiary trauma centre. You should have already completed relevant specialist practice modules e.g.an intensive care course or equivalent.



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 essay

Learning Outcomes
  1. Appraise the context, epidemiology and service provision for the adult polytrauma patient in intensive care.
  2. Examine the impact of mechanism of injury on the adult polytrauma patient during critical illness.
  3. Critically analyse assessment strategies required by polytrauma patients when in intensive care.
  4. Prioritise and justify the interventions used with polytrauma patients within intensive care areas.
  5. Review the evidence base for interventions and management of polytrauma patients.


Course length: 5 Teaching Days



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Course Leader
Name: Johannes Mellinghoff

Self Funding: £850.00

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

Mode of Delivery
Online learning & classroom - 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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