Cardiothoracic Critical Care HEA3033


In 2012 ‘The National Critical Care Framework’ was introduced and set standards of care for practitioners working in critical care environments. The framework is focused on a series of competencies. Each competency has three steps for achievement. This module focuses on the development of skills and knowledge to fulfil the step one competencies for clinical practice.

Module Code: HEA3033
Level: 6
Credits: 20
Cost: £680 for Sept 2019 to July 2020

Who is this module for?

All practitioners working in a critical care environment.

What are the key aims of the programme?

  • Assess a patient's immediate post cardiothoracic surgical condition and critically analyse the patient's risks to plan their care.
  • Critically examine the patient's pre-disposing health risks in relation to the pathophysiological changes and how these could impact on the patient post operatively and require additional care needs to be managed.
  • Critically evaluate the effectiveness of interventions as they apply to the care of the cardiothoracic patient.
  • Critically apply theoretical knowledge to skills during the completion of the national step 1 competency critical care framework.
  • What will I study?

    Normal and pathophysiological conditions impacting upon the:
    • Cardiothoracic system;
    • Renal system
    • Gastrointestinal system
    • Neurological system
    • Assessment, planning and management of care interventions
    • Psychological impact of surgical intervention and drug management.
    • End of life care
    • Inter and intra hospital transfer
    • Rehabilitation
    • Professionalism and leadership
    • Legal and ethical implications for critical care practitioners and proxy decision making.

    How will I be assessed?

    Part 1
    Case study in which the student will discuss the impact of cardiothoracic critical illness on a selected patient and the role of the practitioner in the management of care delivery.
    2500 notional words;

    Part 2
    Signed Practice Competency Document. Achievement of national critical care competencies at a minimum of step one standard.

    On successful completion you will:

    Demonstrate achievement of all step one competencies from the national critical care framework.

    Critically assess the physical and psychological care needs of critically ill patients.

    Formulate strategies for the management of care including pharmacological interventions, clinical management and psychosocial support.

    Evaluate the role that public policy plays in the development of care for the critically ill patient.

    Study Dates and Venues

    Further Information

    Module availability varies from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Due to the popularity of some modules it may be that the module is fully booked when your application is received. We will include your details on a waiting list and allocate you a place on the next available intake.

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    This module can be studied on a stand alone basis. It is an optional module on the