The School of Health, in collaboration with Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust, provides the Graduate and Postgraduate certificates in paediatric critical care. The course is available part-time and will be delivered at the main University Campus site in Preston and at Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust. The course aims to facilitate the student to develop their clinical skills required to safely and effectively manage the care of neonates, children and/or young people in a paediatric intensive care unit.
AWARD TYPE: GradCert
STUDY MODE: Part time
DELIVERY METHOD: Campus
COURSE LENGTH: Part-time: Eight months
SCHOOL: School of Nursing
PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College
START DATE: September
Students must be working within the paediatric intensive care environment at the point of applying for the course. There are specific requirements relating to paediatric experience. The following are eligible to apply:
Students undertaking the Graduate Certificate must also have ability to study at Level 6 (usually demonstrated by successful completion of a Level 6 module prior to application). Students undertaking Postgraduate certificate, must hold a recognised UK Honours degree.
Students must have completed Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (Paediatric Intensive Care Society, 2010) orientation competencies prior to application.
Students are responsible for identifying an appropriate mentor and gaining the support of their manager.
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to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn.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.
The course is composed of 2 modules. Assessing and Responding to the Critically Ill Child, is a 40 credit module and must be completed first. On successful completion of this module, you will commence to Paediatric Intensive Care: Advances in Care Management, which is a 20 credit module. Students successfully completing both modules will be awarded a Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Critical Care if undertaken at Level 6, or a Postgraduate Certificate at Level 7.
Underpinning knowledge and evidence base required when caring for the critically ill child, including:
Anatomy and Physiology, Aetiology and pathophysiology
Continuing care of the critically ill child, including:
Topics related directly to PICU, including:
Professional issues, including:
The course team utilise a range of assessment strategies to enable you to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes. Due to the skills based nature of the course, many of the assessment strategies will specifically assess clinical skills and the related evidence base. eg OSCE, oral care presentations and written exam.
A variety of teaching methods will be used to enable you to meet your learning outcomes of the module. These will include keynote lectures, practical workshops, tutorials, skills based teaching, practice based clinical simulation, group discussions, e-learning and access to Adobe Connect.
Many sessions will be delivered in a face-to-face format, whilst some will be delivered using a software package called Adobe Connect®. This web-based software allows for live delivery and participation in the sessions no matter where you are based. With the archiving feature of Adobe Connect®, you will be able to re-watch sessions as part of your revision strategy. UCLan’s Blackboard server will be the portal for this software and you will be given guidance on its use at the start of the course.
Paediatric Critical Care Society
The course is specifically designed to enable nurses working in a paediatric intensive care unit to safely and effectively manage evidence based care, as part of a multi-professional team.
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.
Applicants from Alder Hey must apply via Sam Ellis (Lecturer/practitioner in paediatric care)
All other applications should be made to NHS contract unit, School of Health, 01772 893836