Trauma Care Continuum, NU3138 Short Course

Trauma Care Continuum, NU3138  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:


Course Length:

8 weekly attendances and one additional negotiated study day

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

January 2017 - Wednesdays: January 04, 11, 18, 25; February 01, 08, 15, 22 + 1 negotiated study day before 08 February (essential to module). From 9am-4pm.

Entry Requirements:

Registered nurse or registered paramedic.

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 It is important to note that any unsatisfactory Enhanced DBS clearance may result in the offer of your place being withdrawn even if you have already started your course.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 module is designed to help paramedics and nurses from all specialities involved in trauma care to better understand the management of the trauma patient, as well as the underlying pathophysiology of trauma.

A systems-based approach is used e.g. neurological and spinal trauma, chest trauma, long bone and pelvic fracture, and abdominal trauma.

Practical clinical skills feature strongly within the module including pelvic sling and traction splints, airway and breathing assessment and interventions e.g. blood gas analysis and needle thoracocentesis.

The trauma continuum is explored from pre-hospital care through A/E, to the specialist ward and critical care environment.

A good mix of theory and practice awaits! you will be taught by an enthusiastic multidisciplinary team and you can expect to learn about relevant anatomy and the pathophysiology of trauma.

This course is also suitable for paramedics and nurses working in emergency care, orthopaedic trauma units, critical care areas and any other environment where major trauma patients are managed in the acute phases.



Learning Environment & Assessment:

Classroom learning and skills laboratory.


3000 word patient-based case study, relevant to the students area of practice.

Academic Expertise

Multidisciplinary teaching from paramedics and specialist nurses.

Learning outcome & aims

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
  1. Apply knowledge of both anatomy and pathophysiology to care of the patient with major or multi-system trauma
  2. Plan and evaluate care of the patient following major or multi-system trauma, using an evidence-based approach
  3. Critically evaluate trauma care principles and their application to patient care
  4. Develop theoretical understanding and knowledge of practical application of trauma skills.

Industry links & professional accreditation

We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.

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.


UCLan is recognised for its outstanding course provision which gives students the skills, knowledge, and personal attributes necessary to succeed at the University and in their future careers. To find out more about the experiences of our students, read our success stories.

Progression Routes

Optional module on BSc Professional Practice and BSc Enhanced Paramedic Practice.

Also available as single CPD module.

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: Lorna McInulty, Senior Lecturer, 01772 893606

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