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NPCH2032 Managing Acute Changes in Health Status (Child field)

Module Overview

In this module you will build on your previous learning so that you can prioritise and respond to the changing levels of support that people require when their health status changes. You will develop your ability to manage and evaluate care across healthcare settings to promote, restore and stabilise health status

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Discuss the knowledge and skills necessary to undertake a prioritised assessment of people who are experiencing an acute change in health status
  • Explain how clinical judgement and decision making skills are important aspects of managing nursing care
  • Justify nursing responses to acute changes in health status using evidence based interventions
  • Identify, prioritise and respond to risk factors that may lead to deterioration in health status


Content for ALL Fields: Clinical judgement & decision making Responding to mental and emotional distress including agitation, aggression and challenging behaviour Responding to self-harm and or suicidal ideation Recognising and responding to acute deterioration in physical health status (e.g. sepsis) Breaking significant news Sudden and / or traumatic death Ethical and legal issues in acute care: DNACPR, DOLS Managing risks to vulnerable groups with acute health care needs (e.g. Learning Disability) Human Factors: Safety culture, Debriefing Medicines Management: Safe medicine use. (e.g. drug interactions / reactions including anaphylaxis; recreational drugs; using technology to improve medicines safety; forms of prescribing including PGD) CHILD Field Specific Content: Managing neonatal complex and acute care Managing childrens' pre, peri & post operative care Child and adolescent mental health service provision Children and young people living with eating disorders Self harm in children and young people Managing children’s pain Management of respiratory collapse in childhood Management of sepsis and related infection and infectious diseases in childhood Acute assessment and management: Diabetic ketoacidosis in children Children’s fluid management Acute care settings: managing sudden death Promote, restore and stabilise health status in children Pharmacology of commonly encountered drugs SKILLS to include: Responding to physiological deterioration Therapeutic Communication skills Airway management and supporting the at risk patient BLS yr 2 update ECG

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module is taught using a variety of learning and teaching approaches which may include: Lectures Seminars Directed study activities Self-directed Study Technology enhanced learning

Practical classes and workshops14
Clinical Practice40
Independent Study85.5
Preparation for scheduled sessions10
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Glasper EA, and Richardson J (2010). Textbook of children’s and young people’s nursing. 

Spotting the sick child an educational tool for health care practitioners, to aid in recognition of serious illness in children. Dr Davies F sponsored by Department of Health (2004)CD visual format

Thompson M, Hooper C, Laver-Bradbury C & Gale C (2012). Child and Adolescent Mental Health: Theory and Practice. 

Gormley Fleming E and Peate I (2019). Fundamentals of Children's applied Anatomy and Physiology: an essential guide for Nursing and Healthcare Students. 

Macqueen S Bruce EA and Gibson F (2012). The Great Ormond Street Hospital manual of children’s nursing practices. 

Barber P (2012). Further essentials of pharmacology for nurses. 


Assessment Strategy

The assessment will test your ability to assess a person's care needs, relate signs and symptoms, identify risk of deterioration and articulate a plan of care.




MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (1.5 hours) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (1.5 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


There are no additional costs associated with this module

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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