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HLTH6078 Contemporary Advances in Cardiology

Module Overview

Developments in international, national and local policies, government strategies and drivers, and service provision are together making new demands on cardiac care delivery. Cardiology is a dynamic and rapidly changing specialty, which requires health care professionals (HCP) to be able to deliver high quality, evidence-based care to a range of service users, in a variety of clinical settings.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To enable health care professionals (HCP) to effectively assess, plan, implement and evaluate care for service users requiring a range of cardiac investigations and/or interventions. You will be provided with the opportunity to develop their skills in relation to applied medical ethics and will work with students from other modules where similar skills are being explored.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically analyse and evaluate the effect of international, national and local policies on the care of people with cardiac conditions.
  • Critically consider and justify the assessment, monitoring, management and care of people with cardiac conditions
  • Critically review a health care issue experienced in cardiac care and develop a management plan to enhance health outcomes for this patient group
  • Critically reflect on ethico-legal and professional issues which can arise in caring for your chosen patient group
  • Demonstrate a deep and systematic understanding of current evidence related to your chosen health care issue
  • Demonstrate achievement of 10 core and 5 specific competencies from the NHS Knowledge and Skills framework (KSF) relating to the care of patients with cardiac conditions


Within this module you will explore: • Ethical theories, principles and decision-making • Epidemiology and pathophysiology of coronary heart disease, heart disease and acute renal failure • Cardiac pharmacology • Electrophysiology studies, Permanent Pacemakers, automatic implantable cardiac defibrillator (AICD) • Electrocardiography – Rhythm Interpretation, Advanced 12 Lead ECGs • Cardiac Investigations and Medical Imaging • Cardiac Interventions, including angiography, percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) and stenting • Genetic heart disease • Blood gas analysis • Haemodynamic monitoring and inotropic support • Assessment of the cardiac and respiratory patient

Special Features

The Faculty of Health Sciences is well placed to deliver this module. The module team is constituted from a dynamic group of clinicians, educators and researchers. Students will require a suitably experienced and trained mentor in practice.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The teaching and learning methods that will be used to help you achieve the learning outcomes of the module are designed to facilitate a contextual exploration of your clinical experience , whilst linking theory and evidence. Learning methods in this module will include: 1. Interpersonal learning - through group discussions and interactive lectures 2. Group learning – through group activities, patient scenarios, and problem based learning 3. Self-directed and electronic learning - through retrieving, reading and reviewing literature and research 4. Cognitive learning – development of critical reflection, critical analysis and synthesis of information based on a range of knowledge/evidence 5. Module leader/student 1:1 consultations - as required

Independent Study220
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

Department of Health (2000). Coronary Heart Disease – National Service Framework. 

Beauchamp, T.L., and Childress, J.F. (2013). Principles of Biomedical Ethics. 

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (2010). Chronic heart failure: management of chronic heart failure in adults in primary and secondary care. CG5 and CG108. 

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (2010). Unstable angina and NSTEMI: The early management of unstable angina and non-ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction. CG94. 

Swanton, R, H. & Banergee, S. (2008). Swanton's Cardiology: A Concise Guide to Clinical Practice (Pocket Consultant). 

European Society of Cardiology.

British Heart Foundation.



MethodPercentage contribution
Clinical Portfolio 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External

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