Assessment, management and escalation of the acutely ill adult (degree and masters level)

Key features

Our module is designed to enhance and increase your knowledge, skills and competencies in the assessment and management of the acutely ill adult in non-critical care areas. It will provide you with a framework for critically analysing and treating a patient at risk in order to ensure they receive appropriate care in a timely fashion.

You'll also gain the confidence and competence that comes with critical analysis and be equipped to understand the psychological, social, ethical and legal implications on critical illness, and the effects these may have on the patient, relative or multi-disciplinary team.

The module is delivered by Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust in partnership with the University of Plymouth.

Module code

HEAD346 / APP737

Credits

40

FHEQ level

Level 6 – bachelors degree 

Level 7 – masters degree

Location

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust 

 

Nurse with patient - image courtesy of Shutterstock

Nurse with patient - image courtesy of Shutterstock

HEAD346 course details (degree level)

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Describe in detail abnormal physiology including respiratory, cardiac, renal and neurological systems and relate them to disease and critical signs
  • Systematically assess, implement, analyse and evaluate evidence-based clinical interventions to inform approaches to managing the deteriorating adult patient
  • Demonstrate critical reasoning through analysis of clinical and organisational factors that influence decision making in practice and implement appropriate care when necessary
  • Effectively promote the sharing of critical care skills and knowledge with colleagues
  • Effectively supervise and manage clinical practice within your own area to ensure safe care delivery, which recognises ethical and legal issues.

Assessment

The assessment for this module is in three parts:

1. a written assignment

2. clinical examination in the form of an OSCE

3. presentation and completion of a competency document (to be completed in practice).

(Please note that these assessment details are provisional - if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit).

APP737 course details (masters level)

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Identify abnormal physiology through interpretation of clinical signs associated with patient deterioration
  • Critically analyse and synthesise current evidence and research informed concepts and approaches to ensure effective clinical reasoning and decision making
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and confidence in managing the acutely ill adult including assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation and escalation of care
  • Demonstrate initiative and collaborative working with the multi-professional team and family within professional, legal, ethical and local/national frameworks.

Assessment

The assessment for this module is in three parts:

1. a written assignment

2. clinical examination in the form of an OSCE

3. presentation and completion of a competency document (to be completed in practice).

(Please note that these assessment details are provisional - if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit).

Module dates

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

**Please note, the Plymouth delivery is fully booked. Contact the Professional Development Unit for more information.**

10, 20, 25, 26 May, 8, 9, 24 June, 1, 5, 9, 19 and 27 July 2021.  

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust

25 May, 1, 8, 14, 21, 28 June, 12, 19, 26 July and 12 August 2021.  

(Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change – always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit).

Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers. In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date. Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers.

What programmes can these modules count towards?

At degree level, this module can be studied as a standalone module or as an optional module towards our new BSc (Hons) Professional Development in Health and Social Care course and a number of associated pathways.

At masters level, this module can be studied as a standalone module or as an optional module towards our new MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Nursing and Midwifery Professions) programme and some other associated pathways.

For further information please contact the Professional Development Unit.    

COVID-secure module delivery

The University is adhering to government guidance relating to COVID-secure operation. For this reason, modules are being delivered in a variety of formats, with much content delivered online, either in an interactive manner (i.e. requiring participation at the allotted times), or sometimes in a passive manner (i.e. you may be able to conduct some of the study outside of the typical taught hours of 09:00–17:00).

Some sessions, particularly clinical assessments, will continue to be delivered face-to-face with appropriate risk-mitigating measures in place. Others may allow you the option of attending face-to-face or synchronously engaging on-line with peers who attend face-to-face.

When you receive confirmation of your enrolment on a module, you will be granted access to our Digital Learning Environment (DLE or Moodle). You should access this prior to the start of your module to determine the teaching format of the module’s sessions.

Admissions information 

Additional information and documentation required for the application process.

Access to: 

  • application forms 
  • change of name forms
  • pre-course information
  • downloadable guides
  • student card.

Visit our admissions homepage for full details.

Our students say...

  • A “Very relevant to my area of practice, made me much more aware and I feel it will improve my clinical practice.”
  • A “Learnt a lot, put knowledge and skills into practice.”
  • A “Very useful for expanding clinical knowledge.”
  • A “A varied and thought-provoking course.”

Entry requirements

To be considered for a place on this module you must:

  • be a registered health and social care professional working in an area of practice that will allow you to meet the learning outcomes
  • have previously studied at level 5 (i.e. diploma of higher education or equivalent) to study the module at degree level
  • have previously studied to graduate level to study the module at masters level.

Masters level - Individuals without a degree may be eligible to apply providing they have appropriate practice-related experience relevant to the programme, please discuss with the Professional Development Unit prior to application.

Each student will be considered and advised individually (where required) by the programme team and Professional Development Unit. Please contact the PDU or programme lead if you have any queries regarding your situation.

Further information

For further information regarding these modules, please contact:

Professional Development Unit

Level 4 Rolle Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA

Prospective student enquiries: pduadmissions@plymouth.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)1752 586951

Current student enquiries: pdu@plymouth.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)1752 586958

Module leads

The overall module lead at degree level is Andrea Morgan.

Email:  andreamorgan2@nhs.net 

The module lead at masters level is Caroline Jamison.

Email: caroline.jamison@plymouth.ac.uk