Recognising and Responding to Deterioration in the Acutely ill Patient Cert

Recognising and Responding to Deterioration in the Acutely ill Patient Cert
This course has been developed to facilitate healthcare practitioners in enhancing their knowledge and skills with regard to being able to recognise, assess and respond to deterioration in the acutely ill patient. The course is patient focused and explores both the assessment and monitoring techniques needed to support the acutely ill patient. It also critically reviews the support strategies needed to respond to deterioration in the acutely ill patient such as track and trigger early warning systems, critical care outreach and patient follow up. 

Personal development planning plays an influential role in this course enabling you to engage in the process of personal and professional reflection in order to achieve not only the learning outcomes but develop lifelong learning skills.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:


Ancillary Award:



Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

Part-time : One year


School of Sport and Health Sciences

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:


Entry Requirements:

Students must have a current professional registration with a relevant professional/statutory body, such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council or Health Professionals Council.

Prospective students must be working in a clinical practice area where the assessment of acutely ill patients takes place in order to meet the learning outcomes of the module.

They are required to be supported by their line manager.

They should be able to satisfy the course leader that they are competent to pursue the course programme.

Course Handbook

To read about the course in more depth, please download the course handbook: 2019/20 | 2020/21.

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

Course Content

Course Outline:
Recognition of deterioration:

Assessment frameworks
Track and trigger scoring systems
Critical care outreach
Responding to deterioration:

Physiological observations
Respiratory, cardiovascular, renal & neurological assessment
Fluid management
Pulse oximetry
Blood gas analysis
Central venous monitoring
Intravenous cannulation
ECG interpretation
Chest x-ray
Impact of organisational culture:

Service delivery
This course has been derived from a former module - NU3648 Recognising Deterioration in the Acutely ill Patient, to provide a single target exit award.

Year 1

Recognising and Responding to Deterioration in the Acutely ill Patient (20 credits).

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Students will learn through a variety of methods including lectures, demonstrations, group activities (eg, discussion), personal development planning (PDP), problem solving, case studies and web based resources. Learning in the clinical skills laboratories is central to the course and integral to student development.

- Practical Examination (OSCE)
- Oral Examination (Viva)

Academic Expertise

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.

Learning outcome & aims

We aim to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to equip UCLan graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work.

Industry links & professional accreditation


Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.


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Progression Routes

From foundation courses through to world-leading research degrees, you can study a wide range of subject areas at UCLan. Whether you want to develop your knowledge in a subject you enjoy or gain further qualifications to enhance your career, at UCLan there are numerous progression routes for you to follow.

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
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 893836/ 3839

About UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment

Faculty of Health & Wellbeing

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 89 3836 / 3839