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PGCert Advanced Critical Care

Edge Hill University

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  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Certificate

  • Location

    Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date

    SEP-21, FEB-22

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

This PGCert in Advanced Critical Care course is designed to enhance the skills of practitioners such as registered nurses and operating department practitioners. It will enable you to become a clinical expert who is able to work safely and effectively in critical care practice, meeting the Step Two and Step Three competencies of the National Competency Framework for adult critical care nurses. A systems-based approach is used throughout the course to reflect the national standards for adult critical care education. You will acquire effective leadership skills and gain the knowledge and confidence needed to develop others in the delivery of high quality and compassionate care to patients with complex critical care needs.

You will begin by focusing on the assessment and management of patients following emergency events which have led to admission to a critical care environment. You will then concentrate specifically upon the development of effective leadership within a critical care environment. There will typically be ten days of face-to-face learning per module, covering the theoretical aspects of the programme. This will take the form of a combination of lectures, seminars, simulation-based learning, objective structure clinical examinations (OSCE) workshops and tutorials. You will be assessed through a combination of written examinations, objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs), written assessments and practice-based competency achievements. The programme team comprises of front line clinicians from Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital and academic experts from Edge Hill University. The research activities and educational roles of the programme team are varied and link to both theory and practice. A range of nationally and internationally recognised clinical experts will also be drawn upon to inform and enhance the learning experience. Successful completion of this programme will enhance your ability to provide expert care, clinical nursing leadership and effective supervision. It is designed to support practitioners in working towards the role of advanced practitioner to address patient needs in the clinical contexts of critical care. 60 credits are required to complete a Postgraduate Certificate.

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Edge Hill University

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  • Campus address

    Edge Hill University, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 4QP, England

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  • Subject ranking

    52nd out of 72 9

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    133 67%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    95 95%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.13 83%



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