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NQCG3149 Deteriorating patient level 6

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To develop their knowledge and skills in relation to the identification, assessment, and management of the acutely unwell adult patient who is at risk of deterioration or critical illness. As well as exploring issues relating to the assessment and interventions required for the critically unwell adult, the unit will encourage and enable students to take a ‘wider view’ of the care of the patient who is at risk of deterioration in the clinical environment. By the end of the module you will be able to identify a development, improvement or change in practice which may improve the care given to patients who are at risk of deterioration within your own practice setting.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identify and discuss a range of factors which place the acutely unwell adult at risk of deterioration / critical illness.
  • Critically evaluate the evidence which underpins the planning, delivery and evaluation of care to the deteriorating adult patient.
  • Identify and critically consider influences on clinical decision making in relation to the deteriorating adult patient.
  • Utilise knowledge gained in the module to make recommendations which may improve the care delivered to patients at risk of deterioration / critical illness in your own clinical area.


Based on NICE CG50

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, seminars and workshops. Self directed and directed study and homework.

Independent Study215
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

Woodrow, P. (2016). Nursing Acutely Ill adults. 

Clarke, D. Malecki-Ketchell, A. (2016). Nursing the Acutely Ill Adult. 

NICE Clinical Guideline 50.



Essay plan and seminar presentation


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External

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