Critical Care Nursing PG Cert

 

Course Code

HLST256

Location

Coventry University (Coventry)

 

Study mode

Part-time

Duration

1 year part-time

Start date

September 2022
January 2023


Course overview

Study level: Postgraduate

Designed for nurses currently working in, or who aspire to work in, critical care settings, the Critical Care Nursing PgCert 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.

  • 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 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.
  • In addition to university-based knowledge acquisition and development you will also have the opportunity to undertake placements2 in critical care settings to embed and apply your learning in relevant contexts.
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Why you should study this course

As you will already 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.

This course aims to prepare graduates to be capable of operating at the highest level of clinical practice who will excel as clinical leaders and are ready to move into senior clinical roles with the capacity to influence local service delivery; foster evidence informed practice; lead clinical teams and contribute to the education of the local healthcare workforce.

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.

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.

Our well-established academic team have extensive clinical and teaching experience and have recently updated the course to meet the educational needs for the modern critical care nurse. The multi-million-pound Alison Gingell Building provides facilities for teaching and research, featuring hospital wards, critical care settings, operating theatre, community housing and other real life nursing environments relevant to practice.

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.

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 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.

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.

Collaborations with other organisations

Clinical placements2 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.


What you'll study

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.

In addition to the modules below, you are required to complete 150 hours of placement2 in critical care units over the duration of the course. These placements are sourced for you by the university.

Modules

  • 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.

    Compulsory

  • 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.

    Compulsory

  • 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.

    Compulsory


How you'll learn

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 to 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 placements2 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.


Teaching contact hours

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.

The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials.

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.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2022/2023 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.


Assessment

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.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.


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.

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Prospective 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 Student Visa is not suitable for this course. For more information, please contact the 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).

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component area

If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course. 

For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.

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Fees and funding

2022/23 Tuition fees

Student Full time Part time
UK £3,533 per year Not available
International £5,650 per year Not available

For advice and guidance on tuition fees3 and student loans visit our Postgraduate Finance page.

We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.


Facilities

Our multi-million-pound Alison Gingell Building provides facilities4 for teaching and research, featuring hospital wards, critical care settings, operating theatre, community housing and other real life nursing environments relevant to practice.

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Alison Gingell Building

Our state-of-the-art Alison Gingell Building features mock hospital wards, an operating theatre, critical care settings and other real-life environments.

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Mock Hospital Wards

Our mock hospital wards and critical care settings give you the chance to experience patient scenarios in a real-world environment.

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Community Houses

Our two full-size community homes can be used for sessions simulating working with patients outside of a hospital setting.


Careers and opportunities

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.

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.


How to apply

  • For questions regarding study and admissions please contact CPD Admissions Team:

    Telephone:

    +44 02476 79 5989
    +44 02476 79 5158
    +44 02476 79 7142

    Email CPD Admissions Team

     

     

  • For questions regarding study and admissions please contact CPD Admissions Team:

    Telephone:

    +44 02476 79 5989
    +44 02476 79 5158
    +44 02476 79 7142

    Email CPD Admissions Team

     

     

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