Acute Care PgCert 2017-18
About the course
This course may be of interest to registered healthcare professionals working in an acute secondary care setting.
The course provides you with the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the pathophysiological effects of acute illness or traumatic injury along with the examination of current evidence and developments in this field of care.
Emphasis throughout the course will be placed on the holistic assessment of the individual with development of subsequent management plans from which to provide optimum care.
11 / 09 / 2017
1 year part-time
• You must be a healthcare practitioner, registered with a professional body such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) with at least 12 months post-registration employment within an acute healthcare setting.
• Have an honours degree at 2:2 or above, have studied at honours level or can demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills at honours degree standard. We will consider other qualifications and experience on an individual case basis.
SSPRD Admissions Team
Tel. 01484 472561
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Huddersfield, HD1 3DH
Assessment; Care and Management of Acute/Critical Illness or Injury
This module will provide you with opportunity to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the pathophysiological effects of acute/critical illness or traumatic injury along with the examination of current evidence and developments in this field of care. You will focus your studies on the assessment, care and management of the acutely/critically ill or injured adult. Emphasis throughout the module will be placed on the holistic assessment of the individual with development of subsequent management plans from which to provide optimum care. You will be assessed through two pieces of coursework. Firstly you will undertake an oral presentation and secondly, submit a supporting essay.
Through this module you will have the chance to formulate, negotiate and undertake an assignment, which will provide the opportunity for you to enhance your practice knowledge and abilities within your workplace. This will also provide evidence of learning for academic review, as well as reflect on the process of practice development. You will be assessed through one piece of coursework.
Ikhlaq, graduated from the Acute Care short course
“I have benefited so much from the course, I qualified last year with fear of ECGs and now I can really understand and interpret them, it will help me for the rest of my career… Thank you!”
Teaching and assessment
You will be taught through a series of lectures, tutorials, simulation and guided study, which will be supported by the University's virtual learning environment.
Assessment will include the submission of a written assignment and a simulated clinical examination. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.
Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.
We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.
We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.
We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.
Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.
When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.
You will work within your own clinical setting. There are no additional placement requirements.
This short course will assist you to meet the specialist skills and post-registration development requirements stipulated by your employer/professional regulator.
How much will it cost me?
Please contact the Student Finance Office for more information about 2017/18 fees and finance.
You may be eligible for funding from Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber. Detailed guidance on such funding arrangements is available in their funding guide. For further information please contact the SSPRD Admissions Team.
Upon completion you may wish to APL the 60 credits from the Postgraduate Certificate and undertake further modules in order to complete the Health Studies MSc (180 credits).
How to apply
We hope you're interested in what you've seen. If you would like to apply to join us, please complete the part-time online application form and refer to the guidance notes provided.
Please note, the closing date is 31 July 2017.
We look forward to hearing from you!
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