Management of the Deteriorating Patient Short course

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Update your knowledge and gain the skills necessary to work effectively in healthcare. Learn from experienced professionals in acute care. Earn 20 credits at the same level as our undergraduate degree courses.

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This course starts with general assessment using the ABCDE approach, then moves on to areas such as sepsis, shock, acute kidney injury, pain medications and interpretation of chest X-rays. You will be taught by experienced professionals in acute care.

When you complete the course you will receive a Certificate to show that you have gained 20 credits at Level 6. If there is an appropriate related course, you may be able to transfer the credits you have gained on this course onto a diploma or degree course.

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Why us?

  • This course is accredited at Level 6, which is the same level as our undergraduate degree courses
  • The course involves attendance at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital one day a week for 4 weeks, with additional independent study to be fitted around your existing commitments

Course structure

The content of this course has been developed with input from NHS staff, who also teach on the course. 

You will be taught at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead in conjunction with Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust. Assessment methods include a reflective portfolio of evidence and an assessed interactive workshop.

Topics on this course include:

  • General Assessment
  • Sepsis
  • Shock
  • Pain
  • Epidurals
  • PCAs
  • Breathlessness
  • Blood Gases
  • Non-Invasive Ventilation (NIV)
  • Acute Kidney Injury (AKI)
  • Altered Consciousness
  • Interpretation of Chest X-Ray (CXR)
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You will be taught by specialist practitioners at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Gateshead, using their facilities. You will also have access to various facilities at the University. 

Entry requirements

Most applicants are nurses who are already working within acute care/critical care outreach – although the course is also open to other health professionals.

Please contact the CaPE team for information on start dates:

Fees and finance

The fee for this course is £876.

This information was correct at the time of publication.

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