Advancing the Critical Care Practitioner

Advancing the Critical Care Practitioner

Advancing the Critical Care Practitioner

Level 7, 30 Credits

Course aim

This programme is recognised as meeting the national standards for post qualification critical care nursing education and training as outlined in the National Standards for Critical Care Nursing Education (2012) document. It is designed to advance the knowledge and skills of the critical care nurse practitioner.

Course length

This module is delivered from January until May on Thursdays. The first assessment is completed in May with the second assessment being completed in September. The course offers a blended approach to teaching and learning.

Course cost

The cost for this CPD module is £1,150.50.

Course structure

The module will be delivered via:

  • Face to face lectures 
  • Practice-based assessment
  • Online learning environments

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

Course content

You will explore the following themes: 

  • anatomy
  • physiology and pathophysiology (major systems)
  • pharmacology and pharmacokinetics
  • critical care treatment interventions
  • research process
  • methodology and audit
  • ethical and legal issues
  • leadership/management, competency

You will be assessed via:

  • a 2 hour unseen examination
  • a Professional Portfolio
  • a clinical audit
Entry requirements

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

  • show evidence of study at Level 6
  • be working within a critical care environment
  • be a healthcare professional with at least 2 years clinical experience and or recent evidence of completing a course in advanced clinical skills/theory
  • have a letter from your employer confirming support of your studies (if required)
CPD award

In order to meet the national standards for critical care nursing education (2012) 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.

Study dates

Dates for the coming year will be available shortly.

How to apply

If your CPD course is funded by NHS North West, please apply through the CPD apply system. You can contact your Trust Training Lead for further advice on this process.

If you are funding the course yourself, please apply using the online application form selecting Postgraduate Taught from the Level of Entry drop down.

Further information

Further information is available in our CPD for healthcare professionals brochure.

Faculty Admissions Team
Faculty of Education, Health and Community
Liverpool John Moores University
79 Tithebarn Street
Liverpool L2 2ER

T: 0151 231 5829

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