Acute and On-going Care (Cardiac)(Cardiothoracic)(Neurosciences)(Renal)

Acute and On-going Care (Cardiac)(Cardiothoracic)(Neurosciences)(Renal)

For some client groups care is more complex, in that although acute emergencies and exacerbations occur there is also often an on-going health issue responsible for the acute episode e.g. renal, cardiac, respiratory, neurological or cardio-thoracic impairment. This course allows students to fully explore both the acute and the on-going aspects of care of these specialisms and to review their practice, whilst analysing the patient journey/experience.

Specific module information:

Entry and Admissions




PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

START DATE: September

Entry Requirements:

Students must have: 

  • A current professional registration with a relevant professional/statutory body, such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council or Health Care Professionals Council.
  • Work within an acute care setting appropriate to the outcome award for a minimum of six months, and be contracted to work for at least 18 hours per week.
  • They are required to be supported by their manager and may need to identify a clinical mentor for particular modules.
  • Pre-registration diplomats and baccalaureate graduates must demonstrate 12 months relevant clinical experience to be eligible for this course.
  • Provide at least one reference.

DBS Checks:

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

Course Handbook

To read about the course in more depth, please download the course handbook: 2019/20.

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Course Content

The aim of this course is to critically explore and analyse the acute and specialist on-going care provided for patients being cared for in either Cardiac, Cardiothoracic, Renal or Neuroscience care environments.

Content will include

  • Understanding aetiology and pathogenesis and studying epidemiology trends and their affects upon individuals and health care.
  • Individualising patient assessment processes.
  • Reviewing patient/carers journey and experiences.
  • Exploring evidence for practice and its application to care including literature search skills and practice development.
  • Assessing health promotion approaches and encouraging self-management of care.
  • Evaluating seamless care including integrated, multiprofessional and multiagency provision.
  • Appraising performance indicators for quality care provision including Service Improvement .
  • Examining relevant political drivers at international, national and local level.
  • Specific content in relation to the specialities.


Learning Environment & Assessment

Classrooms with skills laboratories where applicable.

A variety of assessment strategies are employed within this course. For the core module, a Patchwork Text Assessment approach through portfolio will be implemented. The acute specialist modules include a variety of assessments for example, written assignment, observed structured clinical examination (OSCE), oral assessment, presentations, and examination.

Academic Expertise

A variety of lecturers with expertise in their specialities are involved in delivering the course

Learning outcome & aims

The aims of this course are:

  • To meet the needs of professional health care practitioners from various care environments to explore, develop and extend their understanding and application of knowledge to enable them to enhance their clinical practice. 
  • To facilitate students to reflect on their own experiences, challenge assumptions and consider alternative courses of action to support the development of a high quality, service/carer-user lead service. 
  • To support exploration of the drivers that influence and shape contemporary professional practice in health and social care organisations. 
  • To allow students to create a personalised, flexible programme of study that meets personal, professional and organisational requirements whilst working towards a recognised academic qualification. 
  • To provide students with the opportunity to share professional knowledge and insight.

Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

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
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 893836/ 3839

About UCLan

Course Enquiries

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400