Acute Cardiothoracic Care, NU3089 Short Course

Acute Cardiothoracic Care, NU3089  Short Course

At UCLan, our post-qualifying framework (PQF) allows health and social care practitioners to continue their professional development and achieve further qualifications in their field. You have the opportunity to study individual modules in subject areas that interest you. You can select from a comprehensive and contemporary range of modules that fit your personal development and career plans; either on an individual basis or combined in a planned programme to eventually achieve a degree.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

Short Course


Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:

Mixed Mode

Course Length:

2 Semesters

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College

Start Date:

September 2016 - Tuesdays - Sept 13 (Induction Day) Oct 04, 18; Nov 08, 22; Dec 06; Jan 24, Feb 07, 21; Mar 14. 10am-4pm.,

Entry Requirements:

Students must be working in a relevant cardiothoracic or cardiology clinical area.

DBS Checks:

Throughout this course you will be working with vulnerable groups of individuals including children. In order to ensure that the Faculty 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 Faculty 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 It is important to note that any unsatisfactory Enhanced DBS clearance may result in the offer of your place being withdrawn even if you have already started your course.

Course Content

Course Outline:

This is a module which has been developed for nurses and other health care staff who wish to enhance their understanding of acute cardiothoracic patient care. The module is patient focused and explores the underpinning evidence base for cardiothoracic physiological changes, the evaluation of acute cardiothoracic care provision and cardiothoracic patient experiences. This will include the following module content: cardiothoracic physiology, applied pharmacokinetics and dynamics. Wound healing / tissue viability. Pathophysiology will focus on; shock, sepsis, organ failure, apoptosis, neoplasms. Haemodynamic monitoring and drug / fluid administration. Nutrition, post-operative management, pain management, understanding cardiac pacing, chest drain and tracheostomy management.

Students study this module on its own for continuing professional development purposes, or for the award of either the Advanced Certificate Acute and On-Going care (Cardiothoracic) or BSc (Hons) Professional Practice.

Learning Environment & Assessment:

The module is taught on the Preston Campus with 9 study days spread over semester 1 and 2.

A 2000 word critical review of a therapeutic intervention used for patients with a cardiothoracic disorder demonstrating an understanding of the underlying pathophysiology and pharmacology.

A 30 minute Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) which assess the practical skills and management of the acute cardiothoracic patient.

Full assignment guidelines will be made available on commencement of the module.

Academic Expertise

Applicants need to have completed level 5 study e.g. via a Diploma in nursing. Students will be supported to develop their academic skills during the module.


Learning outcome & aims

The module aims to explore, question and challenge the student’s knowledge and understanding of research, policies, practice guidelines and other evidence underpinning their cardiothoracic practice.
On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the underlying pathophysiology and pharmacology which influences the management of patients with cardiothoracic disorders.
  • Critically appraise the relevant current evidence and specialist guidelines which relate to the therapeutic interventions used for patients with cardiothoracic disorders.
  • Critically explore patient assessment and management processes in relation to cardiothoracic care.
  • Demonstrate appropriate clinical decision making skills in relation to the needs of a deteriorating cardiothoracic patient.

Industry links & professional accreditation

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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

For details of the standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course please contact the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.


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

How to Apply

Post-registration Recruitment
NHS Contracts Unit
Faculty of Health & Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire
01772 893836/893839

For further information:

Module information: John Billington, Senior Lecturer, 01772 895197,


Course information: Lisa Broadley, Lecturer, 01772 895190,


About UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment

Faculty of Health & Wellbeing

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

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