SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3B723108
Module Leader Agi McFarland
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Student of an undergraduate / post graduate professional or health related degree programme that has attained academic credits at a minimum of Level 2 / 8; Registered Nurse or AHPs, an individual who works in a health and social care area in a clinical or non clinical role

Summary of Content

This module enables students and staff who are increasingly caring for patients with deteriorating health and requiring a degree of urgent, intensive or specialist care to develop their knowledge base pertaining to the recognition, assessment and management of the situation. Elements of the module will involve scenarios based management in a supportive and safe learning environment (VLE or simulation centre).


Recognition of changes / deteriorating in respiratory, cardio vascular, renal and neurological status and parameters Immediate management of deteriorating respiratory status Basic airway / intubation and airway management workshops Monitoring including oxygen saturation Use of high flow oxygen; Non invasive ventilationg Therapeutic interviention .e.g physiotherapy, suction Ongoing assessment and monitoring, plus tools (NEWS, GCS) Pharmacology of emergency drugs Haemorrhage management Pain management Infection Control Patient safety / care bundles Risk management in acute care Thromboprophylaxis Communication skills Legal and ethical issues

Learning Outcomes

Learning OutcomesBy the end of the module the learner should be able to:Explain normal and abnormal physiology related to respiratory, cardiovascular, renal and neurological parameters / status Analyse assessment data and identify the changing needs of the acutely unwell patient Appraise the assessment tools utilised to identify the deterioration and changes in adult patients,Discuss the importance of multidisciplinary teamwork and communications in the acute care contextAnalyse the wider management issues involved in the care of the deteriorating patient Evaluate and reflect on application of evidence based practice in the acute care sectorApply new knowledge to simulated scenario based situations and reflect on advances in learning

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module can be delivered in three different combinations of lectures, seminars, tutorials, interactive discussions, workshops, directed and self-directed study. This combination will depend on whether the module is being delivered on site at GCU ' face to face', 'blended' at GCU or a venue other that GCU e.g. Contractual international agreement or being delivered completely 'online' . The student will always obtain the equivalent of 36 hours of contact time with the module team, excluding individual academic support. The fundamental aim of the teaching and learning strategies, irrespective of delivery mode is to support the development of autonomous, independent problem solving and decision making within the parameters of their profession competence, role and employers agreed vicarious liability (or equivalent).

Indicative Reading

Department of Health 2009 Competencies for Recognising and Responding to Acutely Ill patients in Hospital . DoH. London National Institute of Clinical Excellence 2007 Acutely Ill Patients in Hospital. NICE. England Recognition of and response to acute illness in adults in hospital. Surviving Sepsis website : <> Tait, D 2012 Acute and Critical Care in Adult Nursing. London. Sage Publishing <>

Transferrable Skills

Develop independent learning by working in a self-directed manner Develop study and IT skills to underpin effective learning Develop critical thinking, decision making and communication skills Work effectively with others Underpin professional practice through reflection and the integration of theory and practice Appreciate the need for a high level of ethical and professional conduct

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FDL) 144.00
Independent Learning (FT) 144.00
Assessment (PT) 20.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Lectures (FDL) 18.00
Practicals (FDL) 6.00
Tutorials (PT) 12.00
Lectures (FT) 18.00
Practicals (FT) 6.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Practicals (PT) 6.00
Independent Learning (PT) 144.00
Assessment (FDL) 20.00
Lectures (PT) 18.00
Tutorials (FDL) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 3.00 100.00 40% 3 hour MCQ and short answer