CPD Advancing the Critical Care Practitioner

Level 7 (postgraduate), 30 Credits

Start dates

January 2023

Course length

One semester

Course cost

Total cost: £1,260


City campus

Faculty of Health:

0151 231 5829


Course aim

This programme is recognised as meeting the National Standards for Adult Critical Care Nurse Education (2018) for post qualification critical care nurses. This programme is designed to advance the knowledge and skills of the critical care nurse working in practice.

This programme is delivered at our easily accessible city centre location. The programme is taught by a team of research active, and clinically credible, nurse lecturers and professors. Research underpins the programmes content to support current clinical practice. This programme provides an excellent educational experience for those who wish to study at post graduate level. The programme is well established, and is continually evolving in line with the requirements of students and clinical practice.

This programme offers a vast amount of personalised support, in particular for those who are working alongside studying which can often be a challenge. Student on the programme are enabled to develop their academic skills in line with developing their knowledge for use in practice to ultimately benefit the patients they care for.

This programme would be suitable for those students who wish to meet the national standards for critical nurses. In addition, those students who wish to progress further onto a masters degree, such as an MA Nursing.

Course content

You will explore the following themes: 

  • Anatomy, physiology and  pathophysiology of the major systems
  • Pharmacology and pharmacokinetics
  • Critical Care treatments and interventions
  • Research and audit
  • Law and ethics
  • Leadership and management

Teaching and learning

There is an interactive blend of teaching methods utilised. Largely the programme uses face to face teaching through lectures, seminars and group work. The use of the virtual learning environment also supports directed and additional study. Teaching is fundamentally based around current critical care practices and research. Local, national and international contexts are considered to critique current practices.

You will be expected to attend 1 full day every other week at University.

"I completed the Advancing the Critical Care Practitioner module as part of the Advanced Healthcare Practice Masters pathway, and the opportunities it provided me with has been extensive. The teaching on this module was interactive and engaging and we were supported and guided throughout with our ideas and future development. During the course, I developed my knowledge through a variety of assessment techniques which were really beneficial to me. The assessment involved completing competencies, an exam students and an audit proposal, which were useful to further explore and expand on the teaching provided. This course has supported my promotion in work, and has given me the opportunities to present a poster about the work I completed for a conference, and also to complete an article for publication.” Rachel Melia – former student.

It is a privilege to support students from the critical care units within the wider region whilst leading this programme of study. Critical care nursing is at the cutting edge of nursing practice. Through the application of research informed teaching this programme of study will enrich the educational opportunities of the nurses who come to study at LJMU to assist with of enhancing patient care.” Dr Nicola Morrell-Scott – Programme leader.

Entry requirements

In order to be considered for this course, you must:

  • be able to demonstrate evidence of, at least, level 6 study
  • hold a professional registration in nursing and be active on the NMC register
  • successfully complete a period of preceptorship which includes completion of Step 1 competency attainment prior to commencing a critical care programme
  • complete a minimum of 18 clinical hours per week in a critical care area during the course of the programme
  • have a letter from your employer confirming support of your studies (if required)
  • Upon application a short personal statement is required which will demonstrate that all of the above entry requirements have been met.

For further information, or an informal discussion about the programme please contact Dr Morrell-Scott, tel: 0151 231 4189


You will be assessed via:

  • A 1.5 hour unseen examination
  • A Professional Portfolio (around 1500-2000 words)
  • A clinical audit/audit proposal (around 2000 words)
  • A practice based competency assessment

CPD award

In order to meet the national standards for Adult Critical Care Nurse Education (2018) for post qualification critical care nurses which requires 60 credits, this is undertaken with the L7 research module. Upon undertaking both 30 credit courses students would exit with a 60 credit award of a PGcert Advanced Health Care Practice (Critical Care). Students can chose to exit at this point or continue on to the MSc Advanced Healthcare Practice (Critical care).

This Continuing Professional Development can be studied within the MSc Advanced Healthcare Practice (Clinical) award framework or as a single CPD of 30 credits at Level 7.

Further information

Information is available in our CPD for healthcare professionals brochure.

For further information please contact:

Faculty Admissions Team
Faculty of Health
Liverpool John Moores University
79 Tithebarn Street
Liverpool L2 2ER

T: 0151 231 5829
E: Health@ljmu.ac.uk

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.

Further guidance on programme changes.