Critical Care Nursing PG Cert (2021-2022) 2021/22 entry

Course code:

Study options:

1 year part-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:

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+44(0)24 7765 5989
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Course code:

Study options:

1 year part-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44(0)24 7765 5989
+44(0)24 7765 5958
+44(0)24 7765 5388

hscu.hls@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

Study options:

1 year part-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44(0)24 7765 5989
+44(0)24 7765 5958
+44(0)24 7765 5388

hscu.hls@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

Combining Health Assessment with specific modules in Critical Care this course aims to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of clinical assessment skills and their application to critical care nursing.

Designed for nurses currently working in, or who aspire to work in critical care settings the Critical Care Nursing course provides an opportunity for you to enhance your clinical skills in this specialist field of practice. The aim of the course is to enable you to develop your knowledge and skills of clinical decision-making in health assessment, treatments and therapies within the critical care environment, in order to enable you to independently lead and manage specialist care provision alongside other health care professionals. The course incorporates the National Competency Framework Step 3 Competencies for Critical Care Nurses as a core part of the assessment process to ensure that it is in aligned to National Standards for Critical Care Nurse Education.

As you will be working as a nurse the course has been designed to be delivered over three semesters to allow you to attend on a part-time basis in order to balance the requirements of work and study.

In addition to university-based knowledge acquisition and development you will also have the opportunity to undertake placements in critical care settings to embed and apply your learning in relevant contexts.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

COVID-19

The University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2020/2021 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.

Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to Covid-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Clinical placements in various local units provide practice-based teaching and learning where you can gain exposure to expertise to embed current theoretical knowledge and offers the potential for learning from others to inform practice for your own department as well as yourself. You will reflect on your own practice and engage in work-based learning guided by the competency portfolio.

Course information

You will study on a part-time basis over one year leading to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing. The course is designed to enable you to analyse current trends, practice and knowledge in the treatment and care options for the critical care patient group and the wide range of illness encountered within the critical care environment. Knowledge and skills are attained by varied approaches to teaching and learning to give you a theoretical understanding and the opportunity to practice skills of clinical assessment and dealing with emergency situations.

The course is aligned with the CC3N standards to develop and prepare you to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of relevant anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology
  • Ability to recognise health abnormalities
  • Competence to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care for patients with health abnormalities
  • Knowledge relating to pharmacology and pharmacokinetics
  • Knowledge of investigations, interpretation and application of results
  • Knowledge of treatment modalities
  • Safe and effective use of equipment
  • Competence to manage emergency situations
  • Ability to demonstrate leadership, management and team skills
  • Ability to plan and contribute to rehabilitation alongside the wider MDT
  • Admission and discharge processes and considerations
  • Ability to manage the critically ill patient in a variety of patient pathways
  • Psychosocial care of the patient and their family
  • Medicines management and the challenges within critical care
  • Infection Prevention and Control considerations
  • Importance of communication and teamwork
  • Professionalism, accountability and defensible documentation
  • Vulnerability of critically ill patients (including consent, mental capacity and deprivation of liberty (DoLS).
  • Leadership development
  • Legal requirement of role and ethical dilemmas that could arise in practice.

Focused system examination skills, simulation training and flipped classroom sessions provide the opportunity to engage students in the learning process as well as group work, seminars, interactive lectures and active group discussions and sharing experiences. Clinical competency portfolios for both the Health Assessment and Critical Care modules are designed to follow a system-based approach to assessment and care and form a key component of the learning outcomes.


The National Standards for Adult Critical Care Nurse Education and the General Provision of Intensive Care Services have been key drivers in the development of the course. These standards have been formulated following discussion with the professional critical care nursing organisations in the UK - Critical Care Networks National Nurse Leads (CC3N), British Association of Critical Care Nurses (BACCN), Royal College of Nursing (RCN), Intensive Care Society (ICS), Independent Healthcare Advisory Services (IHAS) and the National Outreach Forum (NOrF) - who state that educational providers must adhere to the principles and standards laid out in these documents when delivering post-registration critical care education. The standards will be viewed as a framework to assure both healthcare and academic providers that the provision of critical care nurse education is meeting the needs of service delivery and the workforce.

Modules

Overview

All nurses attending this course will be currently employed within a critical care environment and therefore the course will be delivered over three semesters to allow you to attend on a part-time basis in order to accommodate your current professional role.

Modules

  • Advanced Health Assessment Practice

    The aim of this module is to enable you to develop advanced health assessment knowledge and skills to underpin advanced practice roles. The module recognises that you may already be working autonomously carrying out patient assessments that normally include formulating a diagnosis and performing investigations, as a precursor for clinical decision-making and management.

  • Fundamental Principles of Critical Care Nursing

    The aim of this module is to introduce you to the many varied aspects of critical care, building on your previous knowledge from your clinical experience. This should be achieved through deepening your theoretical knowledge and development of the skills and content, which will allow you to explore and analyse the evidence base of critical care to develop an understanding of this specialist subject area.

  • Applied Practice of Critical Care Nursing

    The module will focus on specific conditions and clinical disease states common within the critical care environment. You will explore treatment, management and decision making and investigate of some of the current evidence base surrounding such issues and successful completion will add to your skills of critical care practice.

  • In addition you are required to complete 150 hours of placement in critical care units over the duration of the course. These placements are sourced for you by the university.

In more detail...

The PGCert in Critical Care Nursing has been designed to align with the CC3N standards and will focus on the development of enhanced understanding and skills in health assessments and patient care in critical care settings.

The teaching and learning strategy is underpinned by Coventry University’s Education Strategy and is mapped against the six pillars of transformative teaching: Research Inspired Teaching; Embedded Employability; Creativity and Enterprise; Intercultural and International Engagement; Community Contribution; Innovation and Digital fluency.

The delivery of teaching is by experienced faculty members with a strong clinical background in the fields of critical care and emergency care, and up-to-date clinical skills (staff are subject to change). This is supplemented by guest lecturers from local and regional healthcare providers to further enhance the relevance and contextualise the information and clinical skills in a wide variety of topics (subject to availability).

Focused system examination skills, simulation training and flipped classroom sessions can be used to make your learning engaging. You will also have the chance to participate in group work, seminars, interactive lectures and active group discussions and sharing experiences. Clinical competency portfolios for both the Health Assessment and Critical Care modules are designed to follow a system-based approach to patient assessment and care and form a key component of the learning outcomes. Overall the teaching and learning strategy seeks to assist you in your educational journey and is designed to develop your professional skills and personal capabilities. The strategy aims to enable you be reflective in your own work setting and be able to recognise not only your own personal development needs but those of your team or service.

Clinical placements in various local units aim to provide practice-based teaching and learning where you gain exposure to expertise to embed current theoretical knowledge and offers the potential for learning from others to inform practice for your own departments as well as yourself.

Independent study will be encouraged throughout all three modules. You will reflect on your own practice and engage in work-based learning guided by the competency portfolio and by producing a teaching package on a speciality specific subject in agreement with the module leader and your departmental manager. Support will be offered by the course team together with work-based mentors or appropriate experts approved by the Course Director.

The university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2020/2021 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with government and public health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.

How you’ll be assessed You will be assessed using a range of methods to maximise opportunities for you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills. This includes tasks that enable the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and opportunities to apply these skills to actual clinical situations during work-based placements and activities that encourage effective learning in the areas of values, attitudes and behaviours. Competency portfolios will enable you to develop communication skills, intercultural competency and team working and factual knowledge, to advance your learning and demonstrate your academic and clinical potential.

You will learn and be assessed in theory, practice and application of knowledge and skills within the critical care environment. Using carefully constructed activities and feedback, different assessment types will be used to acknowledge the diversity of student learning styles. These methods may include Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), written assignments, competency portfolios and development of teaching material/packages.

The assessment strategy aims to support part time study and working within your clinical role, you should receive feedback on written work in preparation for the final submission of module assignments and will have the opportunity to practise OSCE skills and receive feedback in preparation for the final OSCE assessment. Assessments are planned to be scheduled to ensure that the workload is balanced. The assessment schedule should be made available at the start of each module to enable you to plan and prepare for assessments in a timely way.

Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Expand your knowledge and therapeutic skills in critical care nursing to postgraduate level, beyond initial nurse registration
  • Manage patient/client health needs within frameworks appropriate to critical care nursing
  • Lead other healthcare professionals in the delivery of quality, effective and compassionate clinical care
  • Demonstrate competent performance without direct supervision, based upon relevant evidenced-based knowledge, intuition and established practice
  • Independently problem solve complex situations and offer solutions through critical analysis and evaluation
  • Apply knowledge, understanding and research to relevant policies, procedures and guidelines to critically analyse and improve practice.

Each module runs for either one morning or one afternoon per week with a total of 30 hours face-to-face contact over each of the three modules.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the university may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.

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Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2018/19, we were able to provide a total of 5,469 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

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International experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni 2016/17


5,469

Student experiences

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12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally since 2016

12

global programmes

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Entry Requirements

  • Applicants must be currently employed within a UK critical care environment and remain in that employment throughout the duration of the course
  • Applicants can only do this course with the permission and support of their employers. Applicants must hold a professional registration in nursing and be active on the NMC register
  • Applicants will normally have 18 months critical care experience. Applicants with a minimum of 12 months experience will be considered if appropriate evidence of professional development is provided (e.g. completion of CC3N Step Competencies)
  •  Students will be required to attend 150 hours of placements in clinical practice and undertake clinical competency assessments
  • The Course Director will use discretion to accept applications based on previous experience.

International Entry Requirements Overview (above pre-sessional English box on webpage) Prospective EU and International students currently working in the UK are able to apply for this course (subject to visa conditions, and meeting additional requirements as specified on the UK entry requirements tab and below). A Tier 4 visa is not suitable for this course. For more information please contact the on International Office.

  • Applicants must be currently employed within a UK critical care environment and remain in that employment throughout the duration of the course
  • Applicants can only do this course with the permission and support of their employers. Applicants must hold a professional registration in nursing and be active on the NMC register
  • Applicants will normally have 18 months critical care experience. Applicants with a minimum of 12 months experience will be considered if appropriate evidence of professional development is provided (e.g. completion of CC3N Step Competencies)
  • Students will be required to attend 150 hours of placements in clinical practice and undertake clinical competency assessments
  • The Course Director will use discretion to accept applications based on previous experience
  • Students whose first language is not English are normally required to have IELTS 6.5 (preferably with a high mark in the written component).

Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit in the coming years, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance amongst other things. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force from time to time.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

International Entry Requirements Overview (above pre-sessional English box on webpage) Prospective EU and International students currently working in the UK are able to apply for this course (subject to visa conditions, and meeting additional requirements as specified on the UK entry requirements tab and below). A Tier 4 visa is not suitable for this course. For more information please contact the on International Office.

  • Applicants must be currently employed within a UK critical care environment and remain in that employment throughout the duration of the course
  • Applicants can only do this course with the permission and support of their employers. Applicants must hold a professional registration in nursing and be active on the NMC register
  • Applicants will normally have 18 months critical care experience. Applicants with a minimum of 12 months experience will be considered if appropriate evidence of professional development is provided (e.g. completion of CC3N Step Competencies)
  • Students will be required to attend 150 hours of placements in clinical practice and undertake clinical competency assessments
  • The Course Director will use discretion to accept applications based on previous experience
  • Students whose first language is not English are normally required to have IELTS 6.5 (preferably with a high mark in the written component).

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

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UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

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Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

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Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to) travel, accommodation, activities and visas.

This course may incur additional costs associated with any equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire.

Career prospects

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

Completion of the course may allow you to apply for senior positions within the critical care. The clinically relevant nature of the course, which aims to directly develop professional practice skills, enhances potential for gaining advanced positions within the field of critical care nursing. Graduate employability is designed to be increased not only through the enhancement of advanced skills but also by the development of leadership, entrepreneurial and communication skills which allow graduates to contribute to service development and facilitate the professional development of colleagues within the multidisciplinary team. 

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2020/21 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.