Recognition, Assessment and Physiological Interpretation of Deterioration (RAPID) - 20 credits - Module

  • Course Code: LBR6528, LBR7481
  • Level: CPD
  • Starting: September 2019, January 2020
  • Study mode: Short Course (6 weeks)
  • Location: City South
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This module offers you, a registered healthcare practitioner with a minimum of 6 months experience caring for acutely ill adults, the opportunity to enhance your ability to recognise, assess and interpret physiological indicators of acute deterioration. This will enable you to confidently recognise early signs of physiological deterioration, and articulate your concerns to others. The early recognition of deterioration is a core skill required of many healthcare professionals. It is however an increasingly challenging skill to develop and maintain, due to the increase in complexity of the patient population. 

What's covered in the course?

This module aligns with the Professional Practice Programme philosophy and is designed to be flexible and practice-led. A blended learning approach is taken, incorporating classroom sessions, small group workshops and online activities via Moodle. As well as engaging in both directed and self-directed learning activities, you will be an active partner in your own learning and development. In return you will receive regular feedback and feed forward aimed at developing your academic skills. You will have the opportunity to discuss your progress with the module at frequent intervals throughout the course. 

Why Choose Us?

  • Clinically focused 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

Credits

This course is worth...

20 credits

This course is not open to International students
  • UK students
  • EU and International students

Award: Module

Starting: Sep 2019

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Short Course
  • 6 weeks
  • £680 per 20-credit module

Award: Module

Starting: Jan 2020

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Short Course
  • 6 weeks
  • £680 per 20-credit module

Sorry, this course is not available to EU and 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.

How to apply

Complete the online application form via the link above, including the name of the module you are enrolling onto. 

Level 6

Module Description
20 credits

This module allows you, a registered healthcare practitioner with a minimum of six 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.

The early recognition of deterioration is a core skill required of many healthcare professionals. It is however an increasingly challenging skill to develop and maintain, due to the increase in complexity of the patient population. The Shape of Caring Review (2015) highlights that the number of people with one, two or more long-term conditions is rapidly increasing. Alongside this, the number of people aged 85 or older is predicted to double in the next 25 years, and treble in the next 35 years (NCEPOD 2010). You will be supported during this course to develop your recognition skills to respond to these challenges. Despite the introduction of early warning systems, critical care outreach teams and many other patient safety initiatives, a significant amount of evidence has been reported in the last decade that highlights inadequacies in the care that acutely ill adults receive. In particular, in relation to the poor recognition of episodes of acute deterioration in health. NCEPOD (2012) concluded that as many as 38% of in- hospital cardiac arrests in the UK could be avoided with better care. Signs of deterioration were present in over 75% of the 739 patients that were expertly reviewed, but these were “poorly recognised, acted on infrequently and escalated to more senior doctors infrequently” (NCEPOD 2012 p13). These findings have been mirrored by a multitude of other reports over the last decade, and therefore further support the usefulness of this course.

This module aligns with the Professional Practice Programme philosophy and is designed to be flexible and practice-led. A blended learning approach is taken, incorporating classroom sessions, small group workshops and online activities via Moodle. As well as engaging in both directed and selfdirected learning activities, you will be an active partner in your own learning and development. In return you will receive regular feedback and feedforward aimed at developing your academic skills. You will have the opportunity to discuss your progress with the module at frequent intervals throughout the course.

This module aligns with the Management of Acute Deterioration module on the acute care pathway. This module should ideally be studied first, if you plan to undertake both.

Level 7

Module Description
20 credits

This module allows you, typically a graduate health care professional with a minimum of six 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.

The early recognition of deterioration is a core skill required of many healthcare professionals. It is however an increasingly challenging skill to develop and maintain, due to the increase in complexity of the patient population. The Shape of Caring Review (2015) highlights that the number of people with one, two or more long-term conditions is rapidly increasing. Alongside this, the number of people aged 85 or older is predicted to double in the next 25 years, and treble in the next 35 years (NCEPOD 2010). You will be supported during this course to develop your recognition skills to respond to these challenges.

Despite the introduction of early warning systems, critical care outreach teams and many other patient safety initiatives, a significant amount of evidence has been reported in the last decade that highlights inadequacies in the care that acutely ill adults receive. In particular, in relation to the poor recognition of episodes of acute deterioration in health. NCEPOD (2012) concluded that as many as 38% of inhospital cardiac arrests in the UK could be avoided with better care. Signs of deterioration were present in over 75% of the 739 patients that were expertly reviewed, but these were “poorly recognised, acted on infrequently and escalated to more senior doctors infrequently” (NCEPOD 2012 p 13). These findings have been mirrored by a multitude of other reports over the last decade, and therefore further support the usefulness of this course.

This module aligns with the Professional Practice Programme philosophy and is designed to be flexible and practice-led. A blended learning approach is taken, incorporating classroom sessions, small group workshops and online activities via Moodle. As well as engaging in both directed and selfdirected learning activities, you will be an active partner in your own learning and development. In return you will receive regular feedback and feedforward aimed at developing your academic skills. You will have the opportunity to discuss your progress with the module at frequent intervals throughout the course.

This module aligns with the Management of Acute Deterioration module on the acute care pathway. This module should ideally be studied first, if you plan to undertake both.

Course structure

This module also aligns with the Management of Acute Deterioration module on the acute pathway. This module should therefore ideally be studied first, if you plan to undertake both.It can of course however be taken as a module but itself, to achieve 20 credits (at level 6 or 7).

The Shape of Caring Review (2015) highlighted that the number of people with one, two or more long-term conditions is rapidly increasing. Alongside this, the number of people aged 85 or older is predicted to double in the next 25 years, and treble in the next 35 years (NCEPOD 2010). You will be supported during this course to develop your recognition skills to respond to these challenges.

Despite the introduction of early warning systems, critical care outreach teams and many other patient safety initiatives, a significant amount of evidence has been reported in the last decade that highlights inadequacies in the care that acutely ill adults receive. In particular, in relation to the poor recognition of episodes of acute deterioration in health. NCEPOD (2012) concluded that as many as 38% of in- hospital cardiac arrests in the UK could be avoided with better care. Signs of deterioration were present in over 75% of the 739 patients that were expertly reviewed, but these were “poorly recognised, acted on infrequently and escalated to more senior doctors infrequently” (NCEPOD 2012 p13).  These findings have been mirrored by a multitude of other reports over the last decade, and therefore further support the usefulness of this course. 

Assessment

Oral examination (30 minutes)

This assessment encourages you to develop a deeper understanding of physiological indicators of acute health deterioration that you will be able to translate into practice.

This method of assessment fosters your personal growth as it will help you gain confidence in presenting information and communicating persuasive arguments. It will also help with your ability to articulate your concerns to other health professionals to ensure that appropriate escalation occurs. If you use a slideshow presentation as the basis of your oral examination this can also strengthen your employability as presentations are often used as a means of assessment at interview.

The format of a slide show presentation facilitates the development of your verbal and visual presentation skills, in addition to the academic skills in searching for and using literature to support your discussion. In addition your presentation will provide an education resource for your clinical area. The question element allows you to clarify aspects of your examination, correct any minor errors and expand on the depth of your analytical discussion.

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Claire Perkins profile

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.

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