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HLTH6232 Advanced Critical Care Practice

Module Overview

This is a core module within the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (advanced critical care practitioner). This module builds on your own experience and practice as well as the knowledge gained in previous theory modules to support you in the development of your practice. Drawing on the knowledge gained from your own clinical experience and from the modules that you have already undertaken you will develop the skills required to work effectively within critical care at an advanced level. Drawing on contemporary evidence and real case examples you will be exploring the care needs of the critically ill patient. The time spent in the classroom will support you in developing the underpinning knowledge and critical thinking to take back into practice with you where you will further develop your knowledge and skills. This module demands that you have worked within critical care. If you are undertaking this module as part of the MSc ACP (ACCP) you must be practicing in said environment and have the necessary experience to take the next step in advancing your practice. You will require a mentor in practice during this module and this must be a healthcare professional with the relevant experience (i.e. senior critical care practitioner or Intensivist). Core module within the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Critical Care Practitioner)

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding and practical application of current approaches to decision making in the care and management of the critically ill adult
  • Demonstrate your ability to undertake a comprehensive assessment the critically ill patient which includes interpretation of clinical findings and investigations drawing on an in-depth knowledge of physiology and pathophysiology, using this to diagnose conditions common in critical illness
  • Critically consider therapeutic interventions, with reference to the underpinning physiology and evidence to determine appropriate management of the critically ill patient who, or is at risk of a. Single organ failure b. Multiple-organ failure c. long term condition(s) d. delirium and/or cognitive impairment
  • Critically discuss contemporary issues and developments within the speciality which includes the ethical and professional challenges which face advanced critical care practitioners
  • Critically reflect on your skills and case management of the critically ill patient
  • Apply an in depth and systematic knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology to the techniques employed when caring for patients with critical care needs.


The syllabus reflects the broad nature of critical care and is based on contemporary practice in the field and the most up to date evidence. Therefore the content will adapt and develop to ensure that the student is exposed to the diverse, international and multi-professional nature of critical care. - Critical appraisal of the evidence base (including conducting primary research, audit and evaluation) - Technology in critical care - Supporting the patient in critical care including discharge planning and rehabilitation - End of Life care and care of the dying patient - Tissue and organ donation - Patient safety - Supporting the patient with long term conditions and enabling their self care - Communication in critical care - Resuscitation and first stage management of the critically ill patient - Advanced therapeutic interventions and organ system support - Patients with multiple morbidities and complex needs - Nutrition - Ethics and legal issues in critical care - Psychological impact of critical illness and care on the patient and their family - Role of outreach in the identification and support of patients pre-admission to critical care

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Due to the nature of the modules content a number of learning and teaching methods may be employed: Lectures on key themes led by experts in their subject Action learning groups Virtual learning environment Case based clinical scenarios Clinical mentors in practice Guided reading

Guided independent study214
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

Bersten, A. Handy, J. (2018). Oh's Intensive Care Medicine. 

Singer, M. Webb, A. (2017). Oxford Handbook of Critical Care. 

Gillon, Stuart. Wright, Chris. Knott, Cameron, McPhail, Mark. Comporota, Luigu. (2016). Revision notes in Intensive Care Medicine. 

Journal of Intensive Care Medicine.

McGloin, S. McLeod, A. (2010). Advanced Practice in Critical Care. 



Oral case presentation


MethodPercentage contribution
Clinical Case Reports  (3500 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Clinical Case Reports  (3500 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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