Trauma care – initial assessment and management


Trauma care – initial assessment and management

This module is designed for practitioners directly involved in the emergency care of polytrauma patients. A range of traumatic injuries will be explored, but the focus will be upon initial assessment and management of these patients in the context of the emergency department.

This course is also available as an undergraduate (level 6) award: ‘Trauma care: initial assessment and management’.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Critically discuss the pathophysiology of polytrauma caused by a variety of injury mechanisms in a variety of patient groups.
  2. Demonstrate advanced, systematic and proficient initial assessment skills for the polytrauma patient and evaluate the data in relation to common life-threatening injuries.
  3. Critically evaluate the effectiveness of assessment and management strategies applied to polytrauma patients in the emergency department.
  4. Critically appraise the evidence-base for interventions and management of polytrauma patients.
  5. Critically appraise service provision and critically analyse the complex ethical and legal implications for the care of polytrauma patients in the emergency department using a wide range of information sources.

Who is the module for? Registered healthcare practitioners normally with one year’s post-qualifying practice experience and are experienced emergency nurses who have previously undertaken core emergency care education or equivalent.

Module code: HP7021X

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: 15 credits at level 7. This course is also available as an undergraduate (level 6) award.

Assessment: Essay and moulage/objective structured clinical examination

Location: St George’s, University of London

Pattern of Delivery: 5 teaching days

Module dates:*
(9:00 – 16:30)

  • 30 May, 6, 13, 20, 27 June, 4 July, Exam 1 August 2017
  • 29 May, 5, 12, 19, 26, 28 (Moulage Assessment) June, 3 (Essay) August 2018

*Dates may change

Fee: £800

Module leaderSuzan Thompson

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