Critical Care in Practice

University of the West of England, Bristol
Delivery Method: Face-to-face

To apply you must have at least 12 months of experience working in Intensive Care and be currently working in Intensive Care. The course is built around the 'National Competency Framework for Adult Critical Care Nurses' (Steps 2 & 3) and is therefore designed to relate practically to a nurse's role in Intensive Care.

This course is offered at Level 3 (Degree) and Masters level and is delivered at our Glenside Campus.

Course content includes:
  • Assessment, management and delivery of care for the following critical care patients (dependency level 2 or 3) in line with the National Competency Framework for Adult Critical Care Nurses (2012) Steps 2 and 3:
    • Respiratory system
    • Cardiovascular system
    • Renal system
    • Gastrointestinal system
    • Neurological system
    • End of Life care
    • Inter & intra hospital transfer
    • Rehabilitation
    • Professionalism
    • Leadership.
  • Evidence based practice:
    • Tools for searching and selecting evidence from a range of sources.
  • Organisational / political influences on care:
    • Current initiatives which impact on practice
    • Ethical frameworks within critical care
    • Organisational changes and new ways of working.


Study time totals 42 hours in the form of seminars, skills sessions and peer review activities in the workplace. There will be a total of 4 face to face days at the Glenside Campus simulation suite.

You will be expected to have a named designated mentor in your place of work before starting this course. Formative assessment should be continuous with regular meetings to discuss progress in relation to learning outcomes within the competency document and learning contracts adjusted accordingly. Learning is predominantly undertaken in your own work place through clinical supervision and sign off of specific competencies.

Please note: Priority will be given to applications received through our funded educational contracts. Places on this module will be limited for applications received outside of this funding. Please check with your employer as a funded contract place may still be available to support your learning.

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