Intensive care patient management


Intensive care patient management

This module is the second core compulsory module for the specialist intensive care route of the PgCert/PgDip/MSc Healthcare Practice (Intensive Care). It will enable the student to manage complex patients’ conditions appropriately.

This module is available as an undergraduate (level 6) module.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Critically appraise ethical issues involved in the care of intensive care patients.
  2. Scrutinise and critique the current research and evidence base used in managing the intensive care patient.
  3. Propose and select the range of services needed to further develop effective, integrated and high quality care for intensive care patients.
  4. Evaluate communication and contextualise the relationship between patients/ relatives/ visitors in order to promote participation in decision-making and care planning for intensive care patients.
  5. Interact effectively with the interdisciplinary team to provide collaborative care to intensive care patients across tertiary, secondary and primary healthcare settings.
  6. Critically examine the professional role, attitudes, values, beliefs and ethical issues when caring for intensive care patients and their families.
  7. Justify the technological complexity and diversity of information inherent to the management of the intensive care patient.

Who is the module for? Registered healthcare practitioners normally with one year’s post-qualifying practice experience. Practitioners should be working within an intensive care unit, able to participate in the planning and delivery of care to complex intensive care patients in clinical practice and be able to complete all practice competencies within their own clinical areas.

Module code: HP7016Y

Entry criteria:

Applicants will be required to meet all of the following criteria:

  • Hold a recognised health-related professional qualification and current professional registration.
  • Hold an Honours degree 2(ii) or above from a UK or Republic of Ireland university. An Honours degree equivalent to a 2(ii) or above from an approved institution of higher education outside the UK and Republic of Ireland will be accepted. Advice on equivalence of overseas awards will be obtained from the National Recognition and Information Centre for the UK (NARIC).
  • Normally have a minimum of one year’s post-qualifying practice experience. Module specific practice related requirements and additional entry criteria will apply to some modules and these will be indicated in the module outlines.


Non-standard applicants

Applications will be considered from non-standard applicants who can demonstrate the following certificated learning:

  • a DipHE from a UK or Republic of Ireland university or equivalent qualification from an approved institution of higher education outside the UK and Republic of Ireland

and one of the following completed within the last five years:

  • successful completion of a standalone module at level M OR
  • a minimum of 30 credits from standalone modules at level 6, at or above grade B (60%).


Proficiency in English language

Evidence of English language testing will be required from all applicants for whom English is not their first language and who have not previously undertaken studies in English. The required level of proficiency will be a minimum overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score (or equivalent) of 6.5, with no section achieving less than 6.0. Evidence of proficiency must be dated within the last two years. Applicants who have taken the examination more than twice in one year will not be considered.
International applicants

All international applicants must satisfy the requirements of the UK Border Agency in relation to St George’s responsibilities as a Highly Trusted Sponsor for students (Tier 4).
Advanced practice route

Applicants for this route will be required to meet all the following additional requirements:

  • a minimum of two years full-time experience (or the equivalent in part-time hours) in health or social care employment
  • be employed in a senior role
  • demonstrate they are working in a practice setting which enables the achievement of the specialist compulsory module outcomes relating to the Advanced Practice competencies (Great Britain, Department of Health, 2010).


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

Assessment: Essay and 10 practice competencies

Location: St George’s, University of London

Pattern of Delivery: 10 teaching days

Module dates:*
(9.30am – 4.30pm)

  • 3, 17, 31 May, 14, 28 June, 12, 26 July, 9, 23 August, 6 September 2017
  • 4, 18 October, 1, 15, 29 November, 13 December 2017, 3, 17, 31 January, 14 February 2018
  • 4, 18 April, 2, 16, 30 May, 13, 27 June, 11, 25 July, 8 August 2018

*Dates may change

Fee: £1600

Programme: This module is part of Healthcare Practice PgCert/PgDip/MSc