Critical care management – neurological, environmental and special patient groups (masters level) (ADV730)

Key features

This 20 credit masters-level module will enable you to develop comprehensive and systematic knowledge and skills in key aspects of neurological and environmental emergency and special patient group management within pre-hospital critical care, covering a range of patients from birth to the older adult lifespan.

You will learn to critically analyse and apply the anatomy and common pathologies affecting the nervous system, homeostasis and special patient groups to your own area of practice.

You will also enhance your understanding and application of physical assessment, physiology, pathophysiology and general examination.

Course details

At the end of the module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate the practical skills needed for advanced neurological and environmental emergencies as well as in special patient group assessment and interventions to promote effective critical care management, incorporating legal and ethical considerations
  • critically discuss and apply the underpinning knowledge required to manage advanced neurological and environmental emergencies as well as special patient group critical care scenarios
  • critically review the aetiology, physiology and pathophysiology of key body systems relevant to the module
  • analyse the pharmacology of the key drugs/agents used in the critical care management of neurological and  environmental emergency, and special patient groups, and evaluate their effectiveness.

Module dates

This module will not run in 2021. 

The university is following government guidelines on COVID 19 and there is a possibility that some modules may require online delivery. We will keep you informed of any decisions regarding this.

(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.

This module can be studied as a standalone professional development module or as a core module towards the MSc Pre-Hospital Critical Care/Retrieval and Transfer pathway of the MSc Advanced Professional Practice programme.

Entry requirements

To be considered for a place on the module you need to:

  • be employed as a healthcare professional
  • be registered with a relevant professional body such us the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or General Medical Council (GMC) or Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • have access to an appropriate practice environment
  • have a first degree, BSc (Hons) at 2.2 or above or European first cycle equivalent
  • if English is not your first language you must also provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English of IELTS minimum of 7 in each part. For further information about English language requirement please view our English language requirements page.

You will be assessed individually for your ability to study at this level and an interview will normally be required. You will normally also be required to submit a short piece of writing as part of the admissions process.

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.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2019/20 academic year



Funding for this module may be available through your employing trust. 

To apply please contact your Trust’s Educational Co-ordinator who will guide you through the application process.

If you work in the private, independent and voluntary sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.