Assessing and Responding to the Critically Ill Child, NU3701 and NU4701 Short Course

Assessing and Responding to the Critically Ill Child, NU3701 and NU4701 Short Course
The Division of Children, Family and Community Health offers this new and innovative module programme intended to advance the practice of those professionals working within paediatric acute, HDU and critical care areas. The module will identify and critically discuss key indicators of deterioration and critical illness and aims to advance the practice of the clinical professional to manage such patients. Within the substantial time and credit value devoted to the programme, it is our intention to develop the student into a critical thinking and mature practitioner whom is able to apply evidenced based practice within their clinical area.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

Short Course

Ancillary Award:



Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:

Mixed Mode

Course Length:

One semester

UCAS Code:


Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

May 2016 - One day per week from w/c 9th May until w/c 18th July. 9am-4pm.

Entry Requirements:

Must be a children’s nurse working in an acute, HDU or PICU clinical area

Course Content

Course Outline:
The module will focus on the following areas;


  • Review of paediatric differences
  • Physiology and pathophysiology
  • Paediatric clinical assessment
  • Diagnostics
  • Using established recognition and response systems – track & trigger
  • Recognising clinical deterioration and escalating care
  • Responding to clinical deterioration
  • Communication skills, using SBAR effectively
  • High Dependency Care / Critical Care
  • Stabilising a child for transfer
  • Interactive scenario based learning activities

Learning Environment & Assessment:

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.

Summative assessment will be undertaken using various methods including; oral case presentation in practice, OSCE, viva and clinical competencies.

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

The module aims to:
  • Develop the nurse’s knowledge, critical thinking and skills in relation to assessing, recognising and responding to the critically ill child and family.
  • Facilitate the nurse to critically reflect on their professional practice in caring for the critically ill child as part of the multi-disciplinary team.

The learning outcome are:

  • Systematically assess, recognise and respond appropriately to the critically ill child using the ABC approach and local paediatric early warning scores (PEWS).
  • Critically analyse the multi-disciplinary management of the critically ill child, providing a clear rationale for decisions, underpinned by a sound knowledge of normal developmental anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology.
  • Critically reflect on their knowledge, skills and practice to enhance care of the critically ill child.
  • Critically analyse the approaches to caring for the critically ill child and their family, acknowledging key psychosocial, legal and ethical issues.

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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

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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

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
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 893836 / 3839

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