Paediatric Critical Care PGCert

Paediatric Critical Care PGCert

School of Nursing


Post- graduate





Contact UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment
College of Health and Wellbeing, UCLan
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1772 893836/3839

  • Duration:

    Semesters 1 and 2

  • Level:

    Postgraduate, Professional Development

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  • Delivery:

    Mixed Mode, Part-time

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Why study this programme?

This innovative course will advance your practice, and develop your knowledge and skills. You’ll critically reflect on your professional practice in caring for the critically ill child as part of the multi-disciplinary team in order to develop practice. You’ll complete the programme able to apply evidenced based practice within your clinical area and take practice forward and lead innovation.

Entry Requirements

Must be a children’s nurse working in PICU. Must hold a recognised UK hons degree.

Programme at a Glance

The course will focus on the following:

  • Review of paediatric differences
  • Physiology and pathophysiology
  • Paediatric clinical assessment
  • Diagnostics
  • Using established recognition and response systems – track & trigger
  • Recognising clinical deterioration and escalating care
  • Responding to clinical deterioration

  • Communication skills, using SBAR effectively
  • High dependency care/ critical care
  • Stabilising a child for transfer
  • Interactive scenario based learning activities
  • Accountability, legal and ethical issues in relation to professional boundaries and clinical competencies and Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) working.
  • Critical appraisal of research and evidence relating to the critically ill child

Postgraduate Advice Event

The next UCLan Postgraduate Advice Event will be on Thursday 10th November 2016.
For details and registration for this event please visit our Eventbrite page.
Please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.

Further Information

Course aims:


  • To facilitate the student to develop the clinical skills required to safely and effectively manage the care of neonates, children or young people in a paediatric intensive care unit.
  • To enhance the skills and knowledge of the student to enable him/her to implement evidence based, safe and innovative care as part of the multi-professional team in the paediatric intensive care setting
  • To facilitate the student to critically reflect on their own experiences, challenge assumptions and consider alternative courses of action to support the development of a high quality service that takes appropriate account of service/carer/user views.
  • To develop the skills of the student in evaluating the impact of interventions, leading change and supporting innovation in paediatric intensive care practice 


Learning outcomes:


  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Critically analyse holistic approaches to care for the child requiring intensive care and their family
  • Critically evaluate and demonstrate the assessment of a critically ill neonate/ child /young person 
  • Demonstrate and critically evaluate effective communication within the multi-disciplinary team to enable and support developments in evidence based paediatric intensive care practice
  • Critically analyse strategies to enable and empower children, their carers or family, as appropriate, to become partners in their care
  • Critically analyse the contemporary knowledge base influencing the management and care of patients in the paediatric intensive care setting within a changing National Health Service
  • Synthesise findings of contemporary evidence to support innovation in paediatric intensive care


Subject-specific skills


  • Demonstrate in-depth analysis of the altered physiological processes of specific disease processes and provide rationales for their impact in clinical practice. 
  • Critically analyse and synthesise the data obtained through clinical assessment, monitoring and surveillance to inform, evaluate and develop clinical interventions.
  • Critically evaluate the specialist evidence base so as to influence care provision in the paediatric intensive care unit.
  • Critically reflect on the contribution of the multi-disciplinary team, service users/ family/carers in the delivery of effective high quality care.


Thinking skills


  • Critically evaluate key research and synthesise practice findings in order to challenge the evidence base influencing practice
  • Actively engage in critical reflection and further develop the skills of reflective practice
  • Effectively influence decision-making in the management of the critically ill neonate/ child/ young person
  • Utilise problem-solving skills to support innovation in practice.


Other skills relevant to employability and personal development


  • Communication skills: written and verbal 
  • IT skills including use of on-line classroom technology
  • Working with others and working independently
  • Problem Solving
  • Personal development planning
  • Identifying and developing innovation opportunities


How to Apply

Individuals working for health and social care organisations should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.

Individuals can purchase this course as an independent student and should obtain an application form from:

Post-registration Recruitment
College of Health and Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 893836/ 3839

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:


Post-registration Recruitment Team, School of Health
University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE
See further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 893836/3839


Fees 2017/18

Part-time: TBC

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

DBS Checks

Throughout this course you will be working with vulnerable groups of individuals including children. In order to ensure that the College of Health and Wellbeing offers places on their programmes to the most suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). The College of Health and Wellbeing will be able to guide you through this process once you have been successfully offered a conditional place at the University. It is important to note that any unsatisfactory Enhanced DBS clearance may result in the offer of your place being withdrawn even if you have already started your course.

Learning Environment and Assessment

A variety of teaching methods will be used to enable you to meet your learning outcomes of the course. These will include keynote lectures, practical workshops, tutorials, skills based teaching utilising simulation clinical, group discussions, and e-learning.


A variety of summative assessment will be undertaken; using oral case presentation in practice, OSCE, viva and clinical competencies and exam.