Advancing Access to Critical Care Education Phase I & II

Phase I of this project was funded by the by the Department for International Development (DFID) and Phase II by the Johnson and Johnson Africa Grants Programme. Funded was administered by the Tropical Health & Education Trust (THET).

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Both projects were designed to enhance the level and sustainability of education and training of critical care nurses in Zambia. Phase I included a review and validation of the current Advanced Diploma in Critical Care. Phase II included the development and validation of the first ever Zambian Bachelors in Critical Care Nursing. Additional activities included a national career framework, scale-up of simulation resources, a critical care nursing definition, scope of practice and a mentorship model and programme. 

Bonus outputs the development, peer-reviewed and embedding of 55 new competences in maternal, paediatric and neonatal emergency and critical care into education and practice.

Project aims

  • Establishment of an international institutional health and research partnership.
  • Development of a community of practice
  • National survey of critical care nurses.
  • Critical review and revalidation of diploma course.
  • UK Educational study tour
  • Curriculum design, content development and validation of the first Zambian competence based Bachelor of Critical Care Nursing programme.
  • Train the Trainer programmes
  • Publications in international journals

Who completed the project?

Main UK Project team:

  • Chris Carter
  • Professor Joy Notter

Strategic Partner: Ministry of Health, General Nursing Council, Zambia.

Main Zambian Project team:

  • Mrs Priscar Sakala Mukonka
  • Mrs Lilian Jere Sitwala
  • Mr Godwin Mulawisha
  • Prof Lonia Mwape 

Who are we working with? 


Partnership project with:

  • Ministry of Health
  • General Nursing Council
  • Zambia Union of Nursing Organisation
  • Lusaka College of Nursing
  • Ndola College of Nursing
  • Levy Mwanawasa Medical University
  • University of Zambia
  • The University Teaching Hospital

Tropical Health & Education Trust (THET)

Final outcome

  • Internationalised and validated Advanced Diploma in Critical Care Nursing.
  • First ever Zambian Bachelor in Critical Care Nursing completed and submitted for validation


Carter C. Mukonka PS. Sitwala LJ. Howard-Hunt B. Notter J. (2020). The development of critical care nursing education in Zambia. British Journal of Nursing. 29. 9. 499-505

Carter C. Mukonka P. Wanless S… Notter J. (2018). Critical care nursing in Zambia: global healthcare integration. British Journal of Nursing. 27. 9. 497-498

Carter C. Mukonka P. (2017). Malaria: diagnosis, treatment and management of a critically ill patient. British Journal of Nursing. 26. 13. 762-767