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

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....

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.


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  • School School of Health Sciences
  • Faculty Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences

Overview

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. 

This course is open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

This module is aimed at enhancing early recognition of the most common causes of acute health deterioration such as sepsis, acute exacerbation of COPD, acute kidney injury, acute coronary syndrome, hypovolaemia and acute heart failure. You will learn more about the pathophysiology of these and other common causes of acute health deterioration, and the homeostatic mechanisms that respond to them. The knowledge and skills gained in this module will be useful to registered healthcare professionals working anywhere where patients sometimes experience an acute deterioration in their health. This module also includes focus on enhancing escalation skills, through critically thinking about ways to articulate your concern.

Significant evidence exists that indicates that the number of people living with one, two or more long term conditions is rapidly increasing. The population in the UK is also ageing. With the polypharmacy that often accompanies this, interpretation of observation data has become more challenging. You will be supported during the course to develop your recognition and escalation skills to respond to these challenges.

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 of acute health deterioration in complex adults
  • A strong focus on current issues in acute care, and the practical application of knowledge
  • The module has a bespoke Moodle virtual learning environment to support your learning at times convenient to you
  • Ongoing support from university staff to facilitate your development as a learner

Fees & How to Apply

  • International students

Award: Module

Starting: Oct 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Short Course
  • 6 weeks
  • £720 per 20 credit module

Award: Module

Starting: Jan 2022

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Short Course
  • 6 weeks
  • £720 per 20 credit module

Award: Module

Starting: Oct 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Short Course
  • 6 weeks
  • £720 per 20 credit module

Award: Module

Starting: Jan 2022

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Short Course
  • 6 weeks
  • £720 per 20 credit module

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. 

Course in Depth

Level 6

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

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

Through the use of contemporary case studies you will gain enhanced confidence in your assessment and interpretation of clinical observation related data, in adults with complex health histories. This is achieved through a blended learning approach involving 6 interactive scheduled virtual classroom study days and a wide variety of engaging on line learning activities via Moodle. During a study day you can expect to collaborate with your peers and be supported in your learning by experts in the field. You can also expect to be well supported with the preparation of your assessment.

You have the opportunity to study this module for 20 level 6 or level 7 academic credits. Please contact the module lead for further advice, if you are at all unclear about which level is right for you.

This module aligns with the Professional Practice Programme philosophy and is designed to be flexible and practice-led. As well as engaging in both directed and self-directed learning activities, you will be an active partner in your own learning. 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 at frequent intervals.

Assessment

Oral examination (Presentation).

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.

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Facilities and Staff

The creation of our new suite of courses in Sport and Life Sciences is yet another exciting development at Birmingham City University. The 10,500sq metre building at City South Campus will enable us to offer a wide range of new health, nutrition, biomedical science and sports courses, as well as providing a new home for our education programmes.

Not only are we investing £41 million in a new building to house the laboratories and teaching spaces needed, but we also plan to open up these facilities to benefit all students and the wider community. This will complement our existing sports facilities, which already provide a base for students to compete in activities ranging from rugby to jiu jitsu.

The courses will reflect the latest developments in our teaching and our focus on practice-led learning with work placements and live industry case studies incorporated into the curriculum. All courses have been co-designed with employers and are endorsed or accredited by professional bodies where appropriate.

By expanding our provision to these new areas, we will be helping to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing society today, such as obesity and unhealthy lifestyles, by encouraging and supporting healthy eating and greater physical activity.

In addition, we will be producing graduates who can support elite performers in meeting the UK’s ambitions for sporting success at events such as the Olympics and other world sporting tournaments. We are constantly looking to enhance the range of courses we offer - please check all our courses for the latest additions to our portfolio.

Simulation Mannequins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins 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.

Simulation Mannequins

SPACE skills practice model

S.P.A.C.E.

SPACE is an innovative practice area all students can access to use equipment and resources to practise a wide range of skills in a safe, welcoming and supportive environment. It provides students with a creative learning environment to get the best educational experience before becoming a health care professional.

S.P.A.C.E.

Learning Facilities

We offer up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across. These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice.

Learning Facilities

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Virtual Tour

Explore our facilities in 360 panoramas, including welcome videos from key members of staff and Health and Wellbeing student profiles.

Virtual Tour

Doug Ellis Sports Centre

Our £8.5 million Doug Ellis Sports Centre boasts an 80-station fitness suite, an eight-court sports hall, and workout and spinning studios. The centre offers state-of-the-art fitness training equipment and plenty of room for team sports including five-a-side football and cricket. An all-weather pitch adds the finishing touches to the centre.

Visitors to the gym can choose a personalised fitness programme, instructed by qualified fitness trainers, and take advantage of a selection of classes, such as yoga, salsa or body combat.

Doug Ellis Sports Centre website

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

Module Leader

If you have any queries about this course please contact the Module Leader, Claire Perkins on:

Professional Navigators

Our Professional Navigator, Nicola Clarke, is also on hand to offer guidance and will help you to choose which modules are best for you, taking into account your aims, professional or clinical experience, KSF requirements and your academic achievements.

Call Nicola on +44 (0)121 331 6162.