Advanced Cardiothoracic Skills HEA4256


Covid-19 - Course Impact Statement

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 on line 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

January 2021

Venue: Liverpool Heart and Chest NHS Trust

Starts: Tue 26th Jan 2021

Session Times:
  • Tuesday 26 January 2021, face-to-face attendance
  • Monday 1 February 2021, online
  • Tuesday 9 February 2021, face-to-face attendance
  • Monday 15 February 2021, online
  • Tuesday 23 February 2021, face-to-face attendance
  • Monday 1 March 2021, online
  • Tuesday 9 March 2021, face-to-face attendance
  • Monday 15 March 2021, online
  • Tuesday 23 March 2021, face-to-face attendance
  • Monday 29 March 2021, online and OSCE practice
  • Study dates and times are subject to change.

    September 2021

    Venue: TBC

    Starts: Wed 1st Sep 2021

    Session Times:

    Study dates and times are subject to change.

    Further Information

    To apply for this module please access the online application form.

    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
    0151 600 1686

    Jeannette Ellis: Academic Programme Lead
    0151 529 6075