This new role is seen to be important in pioneering the shift of work, traditionally done only by doctors, to new, non-medically trained grades of staff. It also addresses the current workforce planning problems in critical care.
This programme allows students to extend their studies beyond the qualification required for registration (PG Diploma: Advanced Critical Care Practitioner) to an MSc, by satisfactorily completing a dissertation.
The programme is 27 months full-time which includes 24 months of academic study and clinical training, followed by 3 months of supervised practice.
Registered health care practitioners (eg, nurses, operating department practitioners/Physician Assistants’ (Anaesthesia)) require one or both of the following: At least three years full-time, post-qualification work experience in a relevant area, and evidence of recent (within three years) and successful academic activity. A first degree in a health-related subject.
The aim of the Advanced Critical Care Practitioner programme is to develop a new professional able to safely fulfil a proportion of those roles currently only undertaken by medically qualified intensive care trainees in the National Health Service
The programme is made up of 12 two-month blocks of teaching. Each block lasts for approximately 35 days to allow for holidays and is broken down as follows:
Directed self study – 70 hours
Small group teaching – 14 hours
Clinical skills teaching – 21 hours
Workplace experience – 140 hours
A typical week may consist of:
1 2-hour tutorial
2-3 days in the clinical area
½ day clinical skills training
1½ days self-directed study, e.g. working through the e-lectures
The blocks are as follows:
Module 1 Intro Clinical Practice in Anaesthesia (30 credits) consists of:
Block 1 – Introduction to clinical practice (1)
Block 2 – Introduction to clinical practice (2)
Block 3 – Introduction to anaesthesia
Module 2 Applied Science of Anaesthesia (20 credits) consists of:
Block 4 – Physics in anaesthesia
Block 5 – The anaesthesia machine and monitoring
Module 3 Body Systems in Anaesthesia & Critical Care (40 credits) consists of:
Block 6 – The heart and circulation
Block 7 – The airways and lungs
Block 8 – The kidneys, liver, endocrine system and blood
Block 9 – The brain and nervous system
Module 4 Critical Care in Clinical Practice(30 credits)
Module information to follow
The programme is delivered primarily in the Trust to give maximum exposure to the clinical environment. Delivery of the academic component is largely through e-lectures using the University´s virtual learning environment, Canvas. Key aspects of the e-lectures are discussed further in the tutorial sessions led by the clinical tutor, as well as issues encountered in the clinical area and the application of the theoretical component. Tutorial plans are supplied as part of the programme material.
This programme is part of a structured training programme for the role of Advanced Critical Care Practitioner (ACCP) It is fully funded by the individual NHS Trust that supports ACCP training.
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