Principles of Cardiothoracic Care HEA3245


The predicted rise of cardiac disease and subsequent treatment has increased year on year and is linked to the growth in numbers of elderly population survival rates and changes in societal living with obesity and smoking recognised as key risk factors. This module has been designed to look at the assessment, care planning, delivery and evaluation of care for patients with a range of cardiothoracic conditions to develop the specialist knowledge and skills required to provide safe, effective and up to date care.

Module Code: HEA3245
Level: 6
Credits: 30
Cost: £1080 for Sept 2020 to July 2021

Who is this module for?

Healthcare practitioners working within a cardiothoracic environment.

What are the key aims of the programme?

  • Critically examine the cardiothoracic assessment of a patient identifying individual areas of responsibility within the assessment process and that of the interprofessional team.
  • Critically apply the knowledge of anatomy and pathophysiology as it relates to the cardiothoracic patient and their changing health status.
  • Critically explore the range of care needs required by the cardiothoracic patient and generate a plan of action to manage care.
  • Critically analyse the evidence base used to support and implement patient care and evaluate the effectiveness of care delivery.
  • Critically appraise the effectiveness of your role and that of the interprofessional team to optimise patient care.

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 for short, medium and long term care needs;
  • 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?

The assessment for this module will be a 5,000 word case study in which you will be expected to discuss the impact of a cardiothoracic critical illness on a selected patient and examine your role in the management of care delivery.

On successful completion you will:

On successful completion you will be able to:

  • Critically assess the physical and psychological care needs of the cardiothoracic patient and discuss short medium and long term care strategies.
  • Plan and deliver 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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For further information regarding module content, please contact Module Co-ordinators Jeanette Ellis on 0151 529 6075 or email [email protected] or Justine Brislen on 0151 600 1686 or email [email protected].

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


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