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Short Course

Current contexts of critical care practice

Level 6 & 7

Our post-qualifying framework (PQF) allows health and social care practitioners to continue their professional development and achieve further qualifications in their field.


Course overview

This module has been developed for nurses who wish to explore the legal and ethical influences that have an impact on intensive care practice. The module covers a range of issues such as, the impact of government policy and organisational considerations, patient and family centred care, as well as end of life care issues such as breaking bad news and organ donation.


This module aims to facilitate the exploration of the political drivers, socio-economic influences, legal and ethical perspectives that have an impact on critical care delivery. The module will challenge you to critically reflect upon the impact of the critical care environment on patients, families, staff and self.

Attendance: Part-time
Delivery: Blended
Duration: 9 days over 1 semester
Campus: Preston
Module code: Level 6 - NU3174, Level 7 - HI4809
Start Date: September 

Entry requirements

All applicants must:

  • Be NMC registered health professionals
  • Be currently working in a critical care setting
  • Have studied to level 6 before
  • Have six months of work experience in a critical care setting
  • Be qualified for at least 2 years
  • Have the support of their manager in practice
  • Be able to demonstrate engagement throughout studies to the course leader

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Academic expertise


This course is based in the School of Sport and Health Sciences located in the Faculty of Allied Health and Wellbeing

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