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
Level: 7
Credits: 20
Cost: £720 September 2020 to July 2021

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 programme?

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

September 2021

Venue: Liverpool Heart and Chest NHS Trust

Starts: Tue 28th Sep 2021

Session Times:
  • Tuesday 28th September 2021, 9am-4pm, attendance
  • Monday 4th October 2021, online
  • Tuesday 12th October 2021, 9am-4pm, attendance
  • Monday 18th October 2021, online
  • Tuesday 26th October 2021, 9am-4pm, attendance
  • Monday 1st November 2021, online
  • Tuesday 9th November 2021, 9am-4pm, attendance
  • Monday 15th November 2021, online
  • Tuesday 23rd November 2021, 9am-4pm, attendance
  • Monday 29th November 2021, online
  • Tuesday 30th November 2021, 9am-4pm, clinical skills

Study dates and times are subject to change.

January 2022 S2

Venue: Liverpool Heart and Chest NHS Trust

Starts: Thu 27th Jan 2022

Session Times:
  • Thursday 27th January 2022, 9am-4pm, attendance
  • Monday 31st January 2022, online
  • Thursday 10th February 2022, 9am-4pm, attendance
  • Monday 14th February 2022, online
  • Thursday 24th February 2022, 9am-4pm, attendance
  • Monday 28th February 2022, online
  • Thursday 10th March 2022, 9am-4pm, attendance
  • Monday 14th March 2022, online
  • Thursday 24th March 2022, 9am-4pm, attendance
  • Thursday 31st March 2022, 9am-4pm, attendance, clinical skills

Study dates and times are subject to change.

Further Information

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.

For further information please contact:

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

Jeannette Ellis: Academic Programme Lead
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 0151 529 6075

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