Critical Care PgCert 2017-18This course also available for 2018-19 entry
About the course
This course is designed to enhance the skills of health and social care professionals currently working within an acute or critical care setting.
Structured around the current Critical Care National Network stage 2 and stage 3 competencies, this course will provide you with the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the pathophysiological effects of critical illness, as well as examining the current evidence and developments in this field of care.
Throughout the course emphasis is placed on the holistic assessment of the individual with the development of subsequent management plans from which to provide optimum care.
To support the taught elements of the course, your competency/practical skills will be assessed whilst working under the supervision of an experienced critical care practitioner/mentor in a relevant clinical setting in order to demonstrate your achievement of Critical Care Networks-National Nurse Leads (CC3N) (2015) stage 2 and stage 3 competencies.
11 / 09 / 2017
1 year part-time
• You must be a health or social care practitioner, registered with a professional body such as the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
• Currently working in a critical care area of practice and have at least 12 months post-registration employment.
• 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.
Critical Care - Knowledge and Skills (Stage 2)
Structured around the Critical Care National Network stage 2 competencies, this module will provide you with the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the pathophysiological effects of critical illness along with the examination of current evidence and developments in this field of care. You will focus your studies on developing your knowledge and applying skills in critical care practice. Emphasis is placed on the holistic assessment of the individual with the development of subsequent management plans from which to provide optimum care. You will be assessed through two pieces of coursework
Critical Care - Advanced Knowledge and Skills (Stage 3)
Structured around the Critical Care National Network stage 3 competencies, this module will provide you with opportunity to enhance your advanced knowledge and understanding of the pathophysiological effects of critical illness along with the examination of current evidence and developments in this field of care. You will focus your studies on developing your knowledge and applying skills in critical care practice. Emphasis throughout the module will be placed on holistic assessment of the individual with the development of subsequent management plans from which to provide optimum care. You will be assessed through two pieces of coursework.
Dr Joanne Garside is Head of Post-Registration Education, Department of Nursing and Health Studies
“Supported enthusiastically by our local critical care educational leads, this competency based programme provides a clear structure guided by the Critical Care National Nurses Network (2015) requirements. This Critical Care PgCert consists of two new modules based around stage 2: HMH2035 Critical Care - Knowledge and Skills (Stage 2) and HMH2036 Critical Care – Advanced Knowledge and Skills (Stage 3). The taught component introduces students to the multifaceted nature of caring for a critically ill patient. The modular approach provides students with the opportunity to develop their theoretical understanding and demonstrate the required level of competency under the supervision of an experienced critical care practitioner/mentor.”
Teaching and assessment
The modules are delivered through a range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, small group tutorials, simulation, e-learning, case-based tutorials and problem based learning. Assessment involves a variety of methods including essays, individual presentations and practice-based portfolios of evidence.
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria relevant 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.
The University of Huddersfield operates an attendance monitoring system. Further details can be found in the Attendance Monitoring Policy.
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 be required to undertake practice based learning and assessment, which will normally be within your own critical care setting. However, if there are core competencies that are not achievable you will need to arrange alternative settings which will allow you to meet these.
By undertaking this course you can further develop your career and role in relation to working with critically ill adults.
Professional links and accreditations
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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