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Level 7: Acute and High Dependency Care: Specialist Role Development CPD

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Delivery of this module will be online due to government-issued guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic and may be made available face-to-face subject to Public Health England recommendations. Please submit your application and, once reviewed by the module leader, you will receive more specific information about the online delivery of your module and assessments.

Course overview

This module aims to address the core competence base of specialist practitioners and allied healthcare professionals having to care for acute and high dependency patients with, or who are likely to develop, single organ failure or have recognised critical care needs beyond the expectation of ''normal'' ward care.

The overall aim is to develop the specialist practice skills of practitioners enabling them to clinically assess the critically ill patient, in order to detect subtle changes and respond rapidly to patient care needs, within acute and high dependency care. This will be undertaken through a systems approach to evaluate care needs. The practitioner will have a clear understanding of advanced contemporary treatment protocols within acute and high dependency care.

The focus of the module will be on the role development of acute and high dependency practitioners from a clinical perspective. Therefore, multi-system assessment skills will form a key component. In relation to this, advanced treatment strategies such as non-invasive ventilation and vasoactive support will be explored as will liver failure, haematological disorders and pain management.

Module dates

Term 3

MAY: Tuesday 5 and 19 May 2020
JUN: Tuesday 2, 16 and 30 June 2020

Module Submission Dates: 13 July (OSCE) and 7 September (Essay) 2020



Prerequisite knowledge

Non EEA students can only apply as part of a programme, not as a stand-alone module. You must be a qualified nurse or midwife either in the UK or overseas

Pre-requisite Modules:

APM048 - Level 7 Acute and High Dependency Care Core Skills

English requirements

For those students whose first language is not English, the following qualification is also required:

  • IELTS: 7.0

Module leaders

  • Rachel Grant

    Rachel is a lecturer specialising in critical care nursing who first joined City University in 2000 as a Cardiac Lecturer Practitioner linking with Barts and The London hospitals. She became a full time Lecturer in Critical Care Nursing in 2004.

    Rachel has specialised in cardiac critical care nursing throughout her ...