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Acute Care (Professional Practice)

This group of flexible acute care awards will help you to enhance your care of adults who experience acute health deterioration, and help you to take your professional knowledge in the field of acute care, one step further....

Studying with us in 2021/22

It is possible that the 2021/22 academic year may be affected by the ongoing disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Information about the arrangements the University has put in place for the 2021/22 academic year in response to Covid-19 and the emerging variants can be found here.


Should the impact of Covid-19 continue in subsequent years of your course, any additional and/or alternative arrangements put in place by the University in response will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, pandemic-related/health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

  • Level Top-Up Pathways
  • Study mode Part Time
  • Location City South
  • School School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • Faculty Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences

Overview

This group of flexible acute care awards will help you to enhance your care of adults who experience acute health deterioration, and help you to take your professional knowledge in the field of acute care, one step further.

The awards will help you to respond to some of the challenges of today’s increasingly complex patient population, improving your confidence and ability to formulate effective patient centred decisions. You will gain enhanced skills in the early recognition of acute health deterioration and develop your knowledge of evidence-based approaches to the effective management of acute deterioration.

Once the two core modules are studied (RAPID and Management of Acute Deterioration), you will be able to access a range of optional modules that help you to get the bespoke learning experience that you need, relevant to your clinical environment.

This course will help you to gain confidence in both assessment and clinical decision making during acute episodes of acute health deterioration. The acute care courses can be studied by any registered healthcare professional with 6 months or more experience of caring for adults who experience acute health deterioration.

This course is not open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

You will learn more about the pathophysiology of common causes of acute health deterioration, and the homeostatic mechanisms that exist in to respond to them.

Through the use of contemporary case studies you will gain enhanced confidence in your assessment and interpretation of clinical observation related data, particularly in patients with complex health problems.

You will increase your knowledge and understanding of how to respond effectively to episodes of acute health deterioration. We will work with you to ensure that the rationales supporting your decision making, are clear and evidence based.

The core modules of this programme are delivered by a team of qualified nurses with extensive experience and expertise in both acute and critical care settings. The modules are also supported by colleagues from clinical practice.

The core modules (RAPID and MAD) are delivered through a blended learning approach involving 6 interactive scheduled virtual classroom study days and a wide variety of engaging online learning activities via Moodle. Optional modules vary in delivery method. Your preferred learning style can help inform your choice.

Accredited By

Post Registration Education Provider of the Year Winner

  • SNTA winner

Why Choose Us?

  • Clinically focussed content that addresses the challenges of the increasingly older and more complex patient population.
  • An opportunity to develop your confidence and skills specifically in the recognition and management of acutely ill adults
  • A strong focus on current issues in acute care, and the practical application of knowledge
  • Each module has a bespoke Moodle virtual learning environment to support your continued learning off campus
  • A big choice of optional modules allows you to build a bespoke learning experience, most appropriate to your career plans.
  • Ongoing support from university staff to facilitate your development as a learner.

Fees & How to Apply

  • International students

Award:

Starting: Sep 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Part Time
  • TBC
  • £720 per 20 credit module

Award:

Starting: Jan 2022

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Part Time
  • TBC
  • £720 per 20 credit module

Sorry, this course is not available to International students.

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Entry requirements

Level 6 study

A BSc degree is awarded on completion of 300 credits of which at least 60 must be at Level 6 or above. At least 100 of these credits must be studied at BCU for the student to be eligible for a BCU award. Students who have a Dip.HE. or equivalent from BCU will need to complete 60 credits at Level 6 to gain their BSc.

Students who have a Dip HE or equivalent but do not have any previous BCU credits will need to complete at least 100 credits to gain a BSc award. These 100 credits can be achieved by completing five 20 credit modules at Level 6 or by completing three modules at Level 6 plus a 40 credit Level 5 portfolio module. The portfolio module is offered free of charge

Level 7 study

For entry into the Post Graduate Certificate students must have a relevant Bachelor’s degree or equivalent or a 60 credit Level 6 award in an appropriate subject area. Applicants with evidence of successfully completed Level 6 study within the preceding 2 years and a minimum of 5 years’ experience in the pathway speciality will also be considered. 

Students undertaking modules as standalone rather than as part of an award may do so regardless of number of previous credits as long as they are working in an appropriate area to achieve that module’s learning outcomes and have evidence of successfully completed Level 6 study.

Where appropriate students may be asked to provide a written pre-course assessment set by the subject pathway award leader for assessment in order to allow assessment of the students’ academic ability prior to commencing study.

In order to prevent duplication of study, a student that has previously completed a Level 6 pathway cannot access the equivalent pathway at Level 7.

A student who has completed the Level 6 version of a professional practice module (or similar module from a former programme or from another academic institution) within a preceding 5 year period cannot study the Level 7 version of that module.

EU/International students

IELTs of 6 with no element below 5.5.

Course structure

You can choose to study this course as a complete pathway (full or part-time) leading to the level 6 (graduate) or level 7 (post graduate) acute care awards listed below. You can also study the core modules of RAPID and Management of Acute Deterioration as standalone modules for 20 level 6 or 20 level 7 credits. Your choice will depend on your prior qualifications, your individual need and the needs of your organisation. If you would like some advice on which option might be best for you, please contact the pathway lead Claire Perkins Claire.perkins@bcu.ac.uk.

Course in Depth

Degree (Level 6)

In order to complete this route a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 80 credits):

Year 1 Pathway Award - Exit Award: Grad Cert / BSc Professional Practice (Acute Care)

This module allows you, a registered healthcare practitioner with a minimum of 6 months experience caring for acutely ill adults, to enhance your ability to recognise, assess and interpret physiological indicators of acute deterioration. Acute episodes of health deterioration occur in a wide variety of healthcare settings. Wherever you work, this will enable you to confidently recognise early signs of physiological deterioration, and articulate your concerns to others.

This module is can also be taken as a standalone credit bearing course. View standalone module

This module allows you, a registered healthcare practitioner with a minimum of 6 months experience caring for patients who experience episodes of acute health deterioration, to enhance your ability to quickly and effectively respond to adults who experience acute illness.. Acute episodes of health deterioration occur in a wide variety of healthcare settings. Wherever you work, this module aims to foster and develop your ability to prioritise and rationalise your clinical decisions in order to manage episodes of acute health deterioration confidently. It will also support you to develop your understanding of the current evidence base underpinning contemporary acute illness management.

This module is can also be taken as a standalone credit bearing course. View standalone module

Year 2 Pathway Award (BSc Only) – Exit Award: BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Acute Care)

This module is for all healthcare practitioners if you want to enhance your understanding of evidence based practice to help improve your patient/client/service-user care. The aims of the module are to develop both your understanding of the importance of best evidence in practice, and your ability to locate, evaluate, and use best evidence in developing aspects of practice.

Good reasons to study Evidence-Based Practice: Clinical practice does not remain static but changes frequently. As a healthcare practitioner you must be able to justify and rationalise your practice to ensure quality care is provide and maintained. To ensure best practice is sustained you, as a practitioner, need to understand the concepts of evidence based practice and how to apply these concepts to your area of practice.

This module is can also be taken as a standalone credit bearing course. View standalone module

This module is aimed at healthcare practitioners who wish to negotiate learning of a bespoke topic. Under the guidance of facilitators, you will be able to direct your learning and identify relevant learning opportunities that you feel enable you to learn more about a specific field of study.

The subject area within this module is student led with guidance and facilitation from designated academic and practice support. You will identify an area of study that you would like to critically review and evaluate and which promotes your clinical development. A significant proportion of the module is based around negotiation with academic and clinical facilitators to identify extended areas of study and opportunities that are possible to enhance your progression towards completion of the study.

This module is can also be taken as a standalone credit bearing course. View standalone module

In order to complete this route a student must successfully complete at least 20 credits from this list of additional optional modules* for Year 1 and an additional 20 credits for Year 2.

*Any appropriate module (relevant to Pathway / Speciality) from University / Faculty portfolio as agreed with the Pathway Leader.

Postgraduate (Level 7)

In order to complete this route a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 80 credits):

Year 1 Pathway Award – Exit Award: PG Cert Professional Practice (Acute Care)

This module allows you, typically a graduate health care professional with a minimum of 6 months experience caring for patients who experience episodes of acute health deterioration to enhance your ability to recognise, assess and interpret physiological indicators of acute deterioration in adults with a complex health history. Acute episodes of health deterioration occur in a wide variety of healthcare settings. Wherever you work, this will enable you to confidently recognise early signs of physiological deterioration, and articulate your concerns to others, in challenging clinical situations.

This module is can also be taken as a standalone credit bearing course. View standalone module

This module allows you, typically a graduate health care professional with a minimum of 6 months experience caring for patients who experience episodes of acute health deterioration, to enhance your ability to quickly and effectively respond to adults who experience acute illness, who have a complex health history.

Acute episodes of health deterioration occur in a wide variety of healthcare settings. Wherever you work, this module aims to enhance your ability to prioritise and rationalise your clinical decisions in order to manage episodes of acute health deterioration confidently. It will also support you to further develop your understanding of the current evidence base underpinning contemporary acute illness management.

This module is can also be taken as a standalone credit bearing course. View standalone module

Year 2 Pathway Award - Exit Award: PG Dip Professional Practice (Acute Care)

This module specifically addresses the broader programme aims related to “pursuing excellence” and “practice-led, knowledge applied” through a flexible provision that encourages students to develop their research ideas, enabling those on various Health MSc programmes to satisfy their individual learning needs, whilst contributing to their area of study.

This module is can also be taken as a standalone credit bearing course. View standalone module

This module explicitly addresses students’ personal and/or professional development with a view to enhancing competence for service improvement in a rapidly changing health and healthcare environment. Through a flexible provision, students are inspired to reflect critically upon their individual learning needs as well as their organisations’ practices, to appraise and apply concepts from the literature on leadership, to issues of relevance for their role, organisation and overall programme of study.

This module is can also be taken as a standalone credit bearing course. View standalone module

In order to complete this route a student must successfully complete at least 40 credits from ‘this list of additional optional modules* for Year 1 and Year 2.

*Any appropriate module (relevant to Pathway / Speciality) from University / Faculty portfolio as agreed with the Pathway Leader.

MSc

Year 3 Pathway Award – Exit Award: MSc Professional Practice (Adult Critical Care)

Option 1

In order to complete this route a student must successfully complete the following CORE module (totalling 60 credits):

This triple module forms the final bridge between the award of a Postgraduate Diploma and a Health MSc related to a named award. It provides the student with the opportunity to complete a piece of work around a chosen topic in order to demonstrate competence in the planning, execution, analysis and evaluation of a Research Project, a Systematic Review or Project Management. It involves 600 hours of study. The focus is on facilitating the student's independent, critical study in their academic discipline or area of professional practice. It will also serve those who wish to embark on Doctoral studies in the future.

Option 2

In order to complete this route a student must successfully complete the following CORE module (totalling 40 credits):

This double module provides the student with the opportunity to complete a piece of work around a chosen topic in order to demonstrate competence in the planning, execution, analysis and evaluation of a Research Project, a Systematic Review or Project Management. It involves 400 hours of study. The focus is on facilitating the student's independent, critical study in their academic discipline or area of professional practice. It will also serve those who wish to embark on Doctoral studies in the future.

In order to complete this route a student must also successfully complete at least 20 credits from ‘this list of additional optional modules* for Year 1 and Year 2.

*Any appropriate module (relevant to Pathway / Speciality) from University / Faculty portfolio as agreed with the Pathway Leader.

Degree (Level 6)

Pathway Level
Level 6 - Year 1
Modules completed 
Recognition, Assessment and Physiological Interpretation of Deterioration (RAPID) (LBR6528)
Management of Acute Deterioration (LBR6525)
Optional Module
Exit Awards
Grad Cert/BSc Professional Practice (Acute Care)

Level 6 - Year 2 (BSc (Hons only)
Using Research Evidence in Practice (LBR553)
Negotiated Study (LBR6547)
Optional Module
BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Acute Care)

Postgraduate (Level 7)

Pathway Level
Level 7 - Year 1
Modules completed 
Recognition, Assessment and Physiological Interpretation of Deterioration (RAPID) (LBR7481)
Management of Acute Deterioration (LBR7478)
Optional Module
Exit Awards
PG Cert Professional Practice (Acute Care)

Level 7 - Year 2
Research: Methods of Enquiry (LBR7339)
Leadership Skills and Project Management for Health (LBR7399)
Optional Module
PG Dip Professional Practice (Acute Care)

Level 7 - Year 3
Research Dissertation
MSc Professional Practice (Acute Care)
SNTA winner
Student Nursing Times Award Winner

Post Registration Education Provider of the Year

Facilities and Staff

 

Our Facilities

Our School of Nursing and Midwifery is based at our City South campus in leafy Edgbaston.

We’ve spent £41million expanding our facilities at City South. These facilities offer hands-on practical experience, replicating the spaces you will come across in professional practice.

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that you learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. Alongside physical spaces such as a mock operating theatre and wards, we also make use of online and virtual technology, such as our virtual ward and virtual case creator.

See more of our skills facilities at City South

Centre for Skills and Simulation

The Centre for Skills and Simulation offers a range of different spaces which replicate situations that you will encounter in practice. These include hospital wards, an operating theatre and a home environment room.

Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. The hospital wards can be adapted from low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.

The home environment room is the perfect space for teaching communications skills and allows us to simulate a community setting for our students. It is particularly useful for mental health nurses, learning disability nurses and midwives.

Simulation Manikins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and simulation babies (SIM babies) which are anatomically correct manikins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills. The manikins contain software which replicates real symptoms, and can manipulate indicators such as blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM man can even ‘talk’ to the students as they are treating him, to add another dimension to learning.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building has two open-access IT Suites which offer PCs, printers, photocopiers and scanners. There is also an IT Helpdesk for quick and easy help with your computing or internet issues.

Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

In addition to desktop PCs, we also offer a laptop loan facility, allowing students to borrow a laptop for up to six hours while on campus.

Our staff

Claire Perkins

Senior Lecturer

Claire trained as an undergraduate registered nurse in multiple hospitals in London 1993-6. Subsequent clinical registered nursing roles in A & E and multiple HDU’s and ITU’s across the West Midlands, including a Senior Sister post in critical care at University Hospital Birmingham. During a post-registration intensive care course (ENB 100) in 1999, experience was gained in multiple specialist critical care units including the PICU at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Specialist nursing knowledge was further developed through successful completion of an MSc in Nursing in 2006 and some international clinical and education visits. Clinical skills recently refreshed in a local private critical care unit.

Claire has a long standing interest in nurse education which began with employment as part of the link teaching initiative (at UCE 1998-2003), a role created to develop the application of physiology to clinical practice within the undergraduate nursing curriculum. Education skills were then further developed between 2001-2004 in both junior and senior professional development posts within the NHS. A lecturer role in higher education was commenced in 2004 and senior lecturer in 2005, following successful completion of a PG Cert in higher education. Multiple further courses have been studied since to ensure both education and clinical skills continue to evolve. Recognition of this via fellowship of the higher education academy has been achieved.

Claire's key area of interest remains the application of physiology and pharmacology to clinical nursing practice, with a particular emphasis on the recognition and management of acute physiological deterioration.

More about Claire

Enquiries

Course Enquiries

For all course enquiries please contact the Acute Care Pathway Leader, Claire Perkins on:

International Enquiries

If you are an international student please contact the international office for more information on entry requirements:

Professional Navigator

The Professional Practice Programme consists of a selection of modules that can be studied on their own or as part of an award. For help in deciding which modules to study or your outcome award please contact our Professional Navigators on navigator@bcu.ac.uk