Acutely unwell adult


Acutely unwell adult

This module aims to enable practitioners to develop confidence and competence in the prioritised assessment and management of the acutely unwell adult patient. Using a flexible, technology enhanced approach, this core module will enable the practitioner to deliver high quality, evidence-based care which focuses on the timely recognition, effective assessment and appropriate management of this challenging patient group.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate and critique clinical assessment skills whilst utilising a range of sources to identify the acutely unwell adult
  2. Critically interpret assessment data in relation to pathophysiology and formulate priorities for immediate and medium term management
  3. Critically explore the clinical application, function, limitations and potential sources of error in monitoring equipment, clinical observations and technological aids
  4. Plan, deliver and critically evaluate appropriate care for a range of acutely unwell adults
  5. Demonstrate effective communication, collaboration and negotiation skills to work as a pivotal member of the multidisciplinary team
  6. Critically evaluate the evidence-base for the management of acutely unwell adults
  7. Critically discuss the ethico-legal and economic implications of caring for acutely unwell adults

Who is the module for? Nurses and other registered healthcare practitioners, such as paramedics, who wish to develop their knowledge and skills in caring for acutely ill patients.

Module code: HP6002Y

Entry criteria:

Applicants are expected to hold a recognised healthcare related qualification with current professional registration (where appropriate to the qualification) and normally a minimum of 6 months post-qualifying experience in order to consolidate training. In addition:

  • Applicants should hold a qualification which provides 120 credits at level 4, or equivalent, for entry to the diploma programme or a Dip. H. E., (or equivalent), obtained within the last five years, for entry to the degree programme;
  • Applicants for the graduate certificate are normally expected to hold an honours or ordinary degree, or equivalent

Equivalences of overseas qualifications are assessed using a specialist resource (NARIC) to which SGUL subscribes.

Non-standard applicants

Healthcare practitioners who do not hold a Dip H.E. (or equivalent) will normally be considered for standalone level 6 module enrolments if they can demonstrate one of the following:

  • Successful completion within the last five years of either certificated learning at level 6 or above, or completion of more than 60 credits at level 5, or a minimum of 30 credits at level 5 at or above a grade B (60%);
  • Successful completion of a level 6 entrance test.

Applicants who do not meet the standard criteria for entry to the diploma programme, will be assessed on an individual basis and will normally be considered for access to standalone level 5 modules where demonstration of the ability to study at level 5 has been achieved through successful completion of an entrance test.

Number of credits and level of study:30 credits at level 6. The course is also offered as a postgraduate (level 7) award.

Assessment: Unseen exam and competency assessment document (CAD)

Location: St George’s, University of London

Pattern of Delivery: 10 days plus exam

Module dates:*
(9am – 4.30pm)

  • 29 September, 6, 13, 20, 27 October, 3, 10, 17, 24 November , 1 December 2017, 5 January (exam) 2018
  • 12, 19, 26 January, 2, 9, 16, 23 February, 2, 9, 16 March 2018, 20 April (exam) 2018
  • 27 April, 4, 11, 18, 25 May, 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 June 2018, 3 August (exam) 2018

*Dates may change

Fee: £1600

Module leaderSuzan Thompson

Programme: This module is part of Healthcare Practice DipHE/GradCert/BSc(Hons).

Contact the PPD Programme Office who will be happy to help you with any queries.