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Managing the Acutely Unwell Patient

Managing the Acutely Unwell Patient

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This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and confidence to provide rapid, effective care for adult patients who are acutely unwell. Timely interventions have a significant impact on the patients subsequent morbidity, reducing the length of admission and offering both clinically and cost effective care.

Who the module is aimed at

This module is designed for health care professionals who work across all care settings and undertake the initial assessment and management of patients who are acutely unwell.

Benefits of taking the course to the individual, the organisation and the patient

The module prepares you to assess, monitor and manage a variety of unscheduled care events for acutely unwell patients. The module enhances your clinical decision making and promotes independent practice to ensure that interventions are judiciously and rapidly applied to improve patient outcomes and provide cost effective services.

What you learn

The module aims to develop your critical reasoning skills and decision making, using a systematic approach when assessing the needs of a variety of acutely unwell patients. You explore current literature so that interventions are evidence based and provide you with sound reasoning to underpin the early diagnosis and clinical management of this patient group.

General areas covered

  • Respiratory/Cardiac emergencies
  • Acute Kidney Injury
  • Neurological emergencies
  • Diabetic emergencies
  • Sepsis
  • Abdominal pain

Skills gained for the workplace, technical skills or academic skills

You learn through the use of simulated patient scenarios the practical skills required for the application of evidence based theory. Reflectivity is encouraged which reinforces principle-based practices and ensures the transferability of knowledge and skills.

Unique or interesting features

This module provides you with the opportunity to develop and evaluate your specialist skills. Critiquing your developing role, reviewing current research and synthesising this into the context of your work setting enables you to provide quality outcomes for each individual patient.

Professional recognition

This module is an elective component within the MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice award.

Fees and Funding for 2022/23

Indicative price for stand-alone module

Home student: £1,415

EU / International students: £2,410- this is part-time study and therefore cannot provide sponsorship for Tier 4.

How to apply

To apply for a self-funded place, please complete and return the application form below:

To apply for a Workforce Development / Workforce Transformation funding WDF/WTF funded place, please complete and return the relevant application form below

Further information and Workforce Development Funding / CPD Funding online application form

  • Entry requirements

    • Relevant professional qualification
    • Relevant work experience
    • Normally an honours degree recognised in the UK, 2:2 or above in a related health care subject

    The above must be evidenced in the applicants application form

    This module is designed for health care professionals who work in the secondary care setting and undertake the initial assessment and management of patients who are acutely unwell.

    This module can be taken as an elective component in the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice award (subject to validation).

    If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If the your level of English language is currently below IELTS 6.5 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.

  • Attendance

    Delivery Method:

    This module is delivered at our Collegiate Crescent Campus

    View our statement on notional study hours »

    Provisional timetable

    This module is planned to commence delivery during September 2022 and January 2023.  Attendance is required at 8 mandatory teaching sessions which usually take place on a Thursday

    View our statement on timetable changes »

  • Assessment

    Module assessment is made up of one or more assessment tasks. The assessment task(s) for this module are:

    • Presentation
    • Case Study

    Successful completion of this module will earn you 30 level 7 credits

Further details

For further information please contact the module leaders Tony Vesuvio ( and Anthony Walker ( or contact the student experience team.

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