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NQCG3146 High Acuity Care Across the Lifespan (Level 6)

Module Overview

This module aims to equip Health Care Professionals to meet the demands of care services which may require them in the future to work differently and collegiately across diverse care settings and contexts. This module will explore commonalities and differences across the lifespan of children, younger people, adult and older person who have high acuity care needs; this includes acutely/critically ill and level 1 and 2 patients. This module is aimed at health care professionals who wish to increase their knowledge, skills and understanding of caring for high acuity patients.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply the principles of holistic assessment, assessment tools and the use of technology in the care of patients with high acuity needs.
  • Evaluate relevant evidence underpinning the management and recovery of high acuity patient care.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of physiological responses presenting in a range of conditions.
  • Examine the psychosocial needs of the patient with high acuity care needs and their significant others.
  • Explore the professional complexities of managing patient care across high acuity settings


High acuity patient care is increasing and demand for staff to upskill their knowledge and skills to fulfil and deliver high quality care is required to provide more integrated care services. A key feature of NHS England (2014) is to instigate changes to more traditional models of acute care, meaning current areas of care may be disbanded as services across provisions become more integrated. This means health care professionals may have to work more collegiately and differently (The Royal College Paediatric and Child Health, 2014; NHS, 2014).Therefore this module offers health care professionals working from a range of care settings the unique opportunity to explore, across the lifespan, high acuity care needs of patients. The syllabus will enable you to learn about: Principles of holistic assessment and assessment tools Use of technology in high acuity care Patient management and recovery care needs Physiological responses due to different conditions Psychosocial needs Professional/legal/ethical complexities

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The teaching is centred upon an andragogical teaching theory (Knowles 1990) which recognises that individuals have different learning styles. Therefore, this module provides a range of methods and self-directed study to enhance your learning experience - both inside and outside the classroom. In addition, the module offers a unique opportunity to share and discuss clinical issues, experiences and views with other practitioners, to enable you to develop/enhance critical thinking and problem-solving skills. This will prepare you to consider working differently and collegiately to meet these new challenges. Teaching methods will include • Scenario’s • Lectures, • Seminars/group discussions, An interactive blackboard site provides access to lecture notes, current evidence, interactive learning tools and relevant websites. You will be expected to engage with the electronic material in preparation for group activities and individual tasks to support your learning during timetabled sessions.

Independent Study220
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

Moore T and Woodrow A. High Dependency Nursing Care. 

Kean S, Smith GD (2014). Surviving critical illness:Intensive care and beyond. Journal of Clinical Nursing. ,23 .

Cockett A and Day H. Children's High Dependency Nursing. 

EKim A (2018). The post-intensive care syndrome in children. Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Nursing. .

Dixon M, Crawford D, Teasdale D, Murphy J. Nursing the Highly Dependent child or infant. 

Moving care to the community: an international perspective.



Short answer questions


MethodPercentage contribution
Short answer questions 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Short answer questions 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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