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Care of Children and Young People Undergoing Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)

Module code PCH3814 (level 6)
PCH4814 (level 7)
Start date January 2024
FeesSee Fees and funding section further down the page
Module leader Maura O'Callaghan


Delivered by Great Ormond Street Hospital Learning Academy, this 30-credit module aims to provide the learner with the skills, knowledge and understanding to care for the complex population of critically ill children receiving Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO). Practical skill acquisition and application of theoretical knowledge to a wide variety of clinical scenarios is a primary theme. The module follows a multidisciplinary approach with focus on the psychological and physiological effects of extra corporeal support, as well as the importance of family centred care within the critical care period.

This module can be taken as part of a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate or Graduate Certificate in Paediatrics and Child Healthcare Practice. Visit our MSc Paediatrics & Child Healthcare Practice page for more details.


Active learning will allow students to learn via collaboration, cooperation, and peer-based learning. Activities may include interactive lectures, clinical skills demonstration and supervised practice, small group activities, case-based discussions, workshops, practice simulations and tutorials.

Synchronous and asynchronous learning and teaching activities are delivered via a combination of study days and digital strategies at local sites or online using the Virtual Learning Environment.

Clinical skills development and simulation are delivered in fully equipped, state of the art skills labs using a range of low and high-fidelity learning modalities.


Formative assessment will be in the form of clinical skills practice and knowledge tests through reflective practice.

For the summative assessment, learners will be expected to complete the ECMO Clinical Experience Record (Practice Assessment Document) and a viva voce.

Teaching dates

Dates: 17/01/2024, 18/01/2024, 19/01/2024, 29/02/2024, 01/03/2024

Assessment date: 22/03/2024

Provisional feedback: TBC

Academic board: TBC

Entry requirements

To undertake this module, you must:

  • hold a current healthcare-specific professional registration
  • have at least three years’ experience (post-qualifying) working in level 3 paediatric intensive care
  • be currently working in an ECMO centre and have an accredited intensive care course
  • be assigned a clinical mentor and be supported in the workplace to develop skills.

Fees and funding

The fees refer to the 2024/25 academic year unless otherwise stated.

Part-time students: £64 per credit*

*Course fees are subject to annual inflation so the total costs for part time study are shown here as a guide.

How to apply

Please apply using our application form. If you have any questions about the module, please contact academic.programmes@gosh.nhs.uk.

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