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Recognition and Management of the Acutely Ill Child and their Family

Recognition and Management of the Acutely Ill Child and their Family

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This module will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to assess and manage the acutely ill and highly dependent child and enable you to provide supportive evidence based care that is sensitive to the psycho-social needs of children, young people and their families. You will have the opportunity to evaluate your current practice and facilitate the integration of evidence based practice into the care of the acutely ill child.

Who the module is aimed at

You will hold a first degree or professional qualification which is recognised in the UK in a related health care subject. A first degree  in a relevant subject for example BSc (Hons) Nursing (Child).

You must usually have a minimum of  12 months full time (or equivalent part time) experience and normally be working in a professional role and caring for children and families within the acute or critical care setting.

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

You will develop your knowledge and skills in assessing and managing the acutely ill and highly dependent child. You develop skills to provide supportive evidence based care that is sensitive to the psycho-social needs of children, young people and their families.

What you learn

You will develop specialist knowledge to facilitate problem identification and total management of the acutely ill child and to critically examine the implications of these for clinical practice and health needs. You will explore recognised and innovative approaches to address the psychological consequences for children and families in acute and critical care.

General areas covered

  • assessment and recognition of the acutely ill child
  • altered physiology during the acute illness phase
  • managing communication in difficult situations 
  • legal and ethical challenges in acute and critical care settings
  • decision making, professional judgement and emotional resilience.
  • supporting the child and family in palliative and end of life

Skills gained for the workplace, technical skills or academic skills

  • Reflective practice
  • Clinical reasoning 
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Resilience

To Study this distance learning module you will require access to a computer with:

  • a reliable internet connection
  • Microsoft or Apple Mac Supported Office Software
  • the current version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox

Fees and Funding for 2022/23

Indicative price for stand-alone module

Home student: £1,415

EU / International students: £1,415- 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
    • Relevant workplace opportunities and organisational support

    (The above must be evidenced in your application form)

    International students must have reliable internet access and be able to supply IELTS scores.

  • Attendance

    Delivery Method:

    This module is delivered via distance learning

    View our statement on notional study hours »

    Provisional timetable

    This module is planned to commence delivery September 2022. The module is normally delivered over 14 weeks. For distance learning modules/courses attendance at the University is not required but engagement with online activity is expected.


    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:

    • Written Assignment

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

Further details

For further information please contact the module leader Liz Mills - or contact the student experience team:

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