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Advanced Cardiothoracic Skills HEA4256


This module has been designed in partnership with Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, NHS Foundation Trust to support staff in the development of knowledge pertaining to Advanced Cardiothoracic Skills. The module aims to equip staff, as part of the wider multidisciplinary workforce, with a deeper appreciation of cardiothoracic skills.

The intention being to develop practitioners (who will normally have completed the requisite period of preceptorship), who intend to care for cardiothoracic surgical patients and their families and who may be drawn upon as a reservist workforce to be capable of acting as ‘buddies’ in intensive care settings should the need arise (NHS 2020).

Module code:HEA4256
Module credits:20
Cost for new students:£1000 per module for 2024 / 2025 academic year

If your tuition fee is being paid by a sponsor or you are a sponsor paying a student’s fee, you are required to send a copy of a purchase order to [email protected].

For further guidance please visit: Sponsored students – Edge Hill University

Who is this module for?

This module is applicable to those staff working in cardiothoracic surgical care areas (not ICU) who have completed a period of preceptorship and who seek to extend their expertise in the care of cardiothoracic surgical patients.

What are the key aims of the module?

The module aims to support and develop students to:

  • Critically apply cardiothoracic surgical knowledge when undertaking psychomotor skills in the context of professional responsibility.
  • Critically apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pharmacology to the cardiothoracic surgical patient.
  • Critically reflect on the development of advanced skills/capabilities to inform personal professional development.
  • Demonstrate expertise and decision-making skills to inform clinical reasoning in complex circumstances.

How will I study?

This module is delivered 50% online (the linked theory) and 50% face-to-face attendance based (linked practice and workshops).

What will I study?

A-E assessment to reach a differential diagnosis.

Planning and management of care interventions based on clinical findings.

Normal and pathophysiological conditions impacting upon:

  • Cardiac system
  • Respiratory system
  • Renal system
  • Neurological system
  • Critical reflection
  • Personal development planning
  • Clinical reasoning decision-making
  • Legal/ethical implications of clinical decisions

How will I be assessed?

The assessment for this module is in three parts, as such students will be required to:

1. Undertake an online multiple choice question examination.
2. Undertake a 20 min OSCE/simulation.
3. Write a 1000 word critical reflection on skills/capability to be linked to a personal development plan.

On successful completion you will:

Critically apply cardiothoracic surgical knowledge to the cardiothoracic patient and their changing health status demonstrating expertise in decision-making and clinical reasoning.

Study dates and venues

Venue: Liverpool Heart and Chest NHS Trust

Starts: Thursday 14 September 2023

Session times:

  • Week 1 – 14 September 2023
  • Week 3 – 26 September 2023
  • Week 5 – 10 October 2023
  • Week 7 – 26 October 2023
  • Week 9 – 9 November 2023

  • Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 will be online weeks.

    Mock OSCE – 27 November 2023
    MCQ – 8 December 2023
    OSCE – 12 December 2023

Venue: Liverpool Heart and Chest NHS Trust

Starts: Tuesday 31 January 2023

Session times:

  • Week 1 – 31/01/23
  • Week 2 – 06/02/23 – Online week
  • Week 3 – 15/02/23
  • Week 4 – 20/02/23 – Online week
  • Week 5 – 28/02/23
  • Week 6 – 06/03/23 – Online week
  • Week 7 – 17/03/23
  • Week 8 – 20/03/23 – Online week
  • Week 9 – 28/03/23
  • Week 10 – 03/04/23 – Online Week
  • Monday 15 May 2023, 1000 word critical reflection

  • 06/04/2023 - Mock OSCE Practice – Clinical Skills Lab – Sir Ken Dodd
  • 21/04/2023 - Actual OSCE – Clinical Skills Lab – Sir Ken Dodd
  • 25/04/2023 - MCQ – Moroney House I.T Room 13.30-15.00 (arrive at 13.00)
  • 02/05/2023 -Submission of Drafts Critical Reflection via Turnitin by 4pm
  • 15/05/2023 by 4pm via Turnitin. Final submission of critical reflection.

How to apply

For details of how to apply, please visit the apply page.

If you have any other queries about studying with us, please complete the online enquiry form.

Contact us

For further information please contact:

Justine Brislen: Module Lead LHCH PGC Advanced Cardiothoracic Care Lead
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 0151 600 1686

Delyth Owen: Academic Lead
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 0151 529 2190

For any other queries, you can contact the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health on [email protected].