Recognising and responding to the acutely ill patient, NU3082 Short Course

Recognising and responding to the acutely ill patient, NU3082 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

Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

8 days in the classroom over 12 weeks (20 credits at level 6) Supported by E-Learn


School of Sport and Health Sciences

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

Next cohort: September 2020

Entry Requirements:

Students must be working in a clinical area relevant to the module content

Course Handbook

To read about the course in more depth, please download the course handbook: | 2020/21.

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Course Content

Course Outline:
This module has been developed to facilitate health care practitioners to enhance their knowledge and skills with regards to being able to recognise, assess and respond to deterioration in the acutely ill patient. The module is patient focussed and explores both the assessment and monitoring techniques needed to support the acutely ill patient. It also critically reviews the support strategies needed to respond to deterioration in the acutely ill patient such as track and trigger early warning systems, critical care outreach and patient follow up.

Perspective students must be working in a clinical practise area where the assessment of acutely ill patients takes places in order to meet the learning outcomes of the module.

Students may study this module on its own for continuing professional development purposes and obtain the award of Certificate Recognising and Responding to Deterioration in the Acutely Ill Patient, or in combination with other modules to obtain the award of Advanced Certificate Critical Care or BSc (Hons) Professional Practice.

Personal development planning plays an influential role in this module enabling you to engage in the process of personal and professional reflection in order to achieve not only the learning outcomes of this module but develop lifelong learning skills.

This module replaces a former module NU3648 Recognising Deterioration in the Acutely ill Patient.

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Practical examination (OSCE); oral examination (Viva)

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Learning outcome & aims

Core dimensions 1-5

Health and wellbeing 2,6,7,8

Information and knowledge 1-3

General 1-2

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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.

£880 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

How to Apply

Post-registration Recruitment
School of Health
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel. 01772 893836 or 01772 893839

Contact Details

Course information: Lisa Broadley, Lecturer, 01772 895190,

Module information: Alison Eddleston, Senior Lecturer 01772 893615

About UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment

Faculty of Health & Wellbeing

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

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