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Managing the Acutely Ill Adult

Module codeNSA 3600 / NSA 4600
Level6 / 7
FeesSee the Fees and funding below
Module leaderTina Moore
Start dateFebruary 2018


This module aims to provide a framework for you, as the practitioner to develop proficient knowledge and skills involving a systematic and comprehensive assessment / care management of an acutely/critically ill patient. You will also gain the ability to quickly identify signs of deterioration and as a result, provide timely and appropriate care interventions.

Course content

The core focus of this module is the early recognition of clinical deterioration in the patient and timely, appropriate interventions. This module is suited to any qualified nurse caring for patients who have the potential to physically deteriorate either in the hospital or community setting.

Learning, teaching and assessment

This module runs on a Thursday between 09.00 - 16.00 for the theoretical content. You will stay within your own Trusts for the practice experiences (outreach team / ICU).

Current adult learning approaches will be used to develop your autonomous learning. This will be achieved by using different methods of teaching/facilitation that is appropriate to the topic.  For example, peer group exercises/group discussions; computer assisted learning aids, simulated learning, physiology workbook. The work based nature of this module will facilitate the effective linking of theory and practice.


The assessment is in two parts:

  1. Portfolio demonstrating critical analysis of the management of a patient with respiratory, CVS, renal and neurological problems (50%) (including a completed Practice Competency Tool)
  2. Care critique, plus recommendations for practice development (50%)

Fees and funding

The fees* below refer to the 2019/20 academic year unless otherwise stated.

Per credit: £60
30 credits: £1,800

*Course fees are subject to annual inflation.

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