Management of Cardiothoracic Events within Critical Care HEA3172


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 step two competencies for clinical practice.

Module Code: HEA3172
Level: 6
Credits: 10
Cost: £360 for Sept 2019 to July 2020

Who is this module for?

Practitioners working in the Critical Care Environment.

What are the key aims of the programme?

  • Critically appraise a patient’s risk status in relation to a potential/actual cardiothoracic event.
  • Critically apply the theoretical knowledge gained in the management of cardiothoracic events and provide critical commentary.

What will I study?

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

How will I be assessed?

Assessment for this module will be in three parts:

  • A 1000 word critical commentary on the knowledge pertaining to the achievement of one Step Two competency;
  • Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE);
  • Successful completion of All Step Two Competencies which have been assessed in practice and signed off within the Practice Assessment Document. You should discuss the competencies with your practice educator to ensure that your workplace is able to support you in fulfilling this element prior to applying for this module.

You must pass all components of the assessment strategy to be awarded the credits for this module.

In order to complete the practice assessment document you must agree to enter into a learning contract with a suitably qualified mentor within your own area of clinical practice.

On successful completion you will:

  • Demonstrate achievement of all Step Two competencies from the National Critical Care Framework.
  • Critically assess the physical and psychological care needs of the critically ill cardiothoracic patient.
  • Plan and deliver critical and cardiothoracic care interventions efficiently providing appropriate psychosocial support for the patient, their families and carers.

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