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

LEVEL:Short Course / CPD

STUDY MODE: Part time


COURSE LENGTH: 8 weekly attendances and one additional negotiated study day

SCHOOL: School of Sport and Health Sciences

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

CAMPUS: Preston

START DATE: Next cohort: January 2020

Entry Requirements:

Registered nurse or registered paramedic.

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to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn.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 Content

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.

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