Enhanced knowledge and skills in children’s high dependency care (degree and masters level)

Key features

This degree and masters level module will further develop your specialised knowledge and skills in relation to the delivery and management of high dependency/critical care for children and their families in a range of settings.

You will build upon your existing knowledge and increase your critical understanding and application of current research and specialised practice and have the opportunity to attend presentations offered by experts in their field including: emergency care, pain management, burns, oncology, medicine and surgery. You will also have the opportunity to discuss your practice with and learn from other paediatric and adult practitioners caring for critically ill children in diverse settings.

The teaching of the module includes scenario based and active learning to help you develop clinical reasoning and you will spend your final day based in the Bristol Medical Simulation Centre which will enable you to apply skills in recognising and responding to the deteriorating child in a safe learning environment

Please note that at degree level this module is called 'HEAC391 - High Dependency Care for Children: Enhanced Knowledge and Skills'. These modules are delivered by Bristol Royal Hospital for Children in partnership with University of Plymouth.

Module code

HEAC391/APP723*  

Credits

20

FHEQ level

Level 6 - bachelors degree

Level 7 - masters degree

Location

Bristol Royal Hospital for Children

* This module was previously known as IMS544 at masters level 

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HEAC391 course details (degree level)

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions in high dependency situations to ensure safe and appropriate care
  • support and empower sick children and their families utilising professional expertise of self and the multi-disciplinary team, including advising, counselling and psychological support
  • deliver holistic care which recognises ethical and legal issues
  • contribute to an environment in which high dependency care is developed using an evidence-based philosophy.

Assessment

The assessment for this module is in two parts:

1. a reflective account or evidence based poster

2. a practice portfolio

(Please note that these assessment details are provisional - if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit).

APP723 course details (masters level)

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions for children with high dependency needs, initiating and interpreting observations and investigations with reference to anatomical and physiological disturbance
  • recognise serious illness and deterioration and respond appropriately, communicating with and acting effectively as a member of the multidisciplinary team
  • support and empower sick children and their families utilising professional expertise of self and the multidisciplinary team, including advising, counselling and psychological support
  • deliver and critically analyse holistic family-centred high dependency care, recognising ethical and legal dimensions
  • promote the development of high dependency care utilising an evidence-based philosophy.

Assessment

The assessment for this module is in two parts:

1. a reflective account or evidence based poster

2. a practice portfolio

(Please note that these assessment details are provisional - if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit).

Module dates

The dates for the next delivery are to be confirmed.

Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change, always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit.

Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers. In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date. Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers.

What programmes can these modules count towards?

The degree-level module can be studied as a standalone module or or as an optional module towards our new BSc (Hons) Professional Development in Health and Social Care course and a number of associated pathways. 

The masters-level module can be studied as a standalone module or as an optional module towards our new MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Nursing and Midwifery Professions) programme and some other associated pathways.

For further information please contact the Professional Development Unit. 

Health Education England Star Awards 2017

The Star Awards recognise the very best in education and training across the health and care sector in the South West. They celebrate individuals or teams providing healthcare or public health services for NHS patients and service users in NHS trusts, general practice, local authority, education and independent or private settings including those providing pharmacy, dental and optometry services.

The Faculty of Children’s Nurse Education at Bristol Royal Children’s Hospital won Chair’s Team Award for NHS Values. The award was presented by Jane Barrie OBE DL, Independent Chair, South of England Local Education and Training Board.

Entry requirements

To be considered for a place on these modules you must:

  • be a registered health and social care professional working in an area of practice that will allow you to meet the learning outcomes
  • have at least six months experience of high dependency care for children
  • be in possession of previous study at level 5 (Diploma of Higher Education) to study the module at degree level
  • be in possession of previous study at degree level to study the module at masters level
  • individuals without a degree may be eligible to apply providing they have appropriate practice-related experience relevant to the MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Nursing and Midwifery Professions) programme.

Each student will be considered and advised individually (where required) by the programme team and Professional Development Unit. Please contact the PDU or programme lead if you have any queries regarding your situation.

Funding and fees

Funding

These modules are commissioned by Health Education England (HEE) and you may, therefore, be eligible for funding through your employing trust.

Please contact your Trust’s Educational Co-ordinator who will guide you through the application process.

If you work in the private, independent and voluntary sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.

Fees

If you are self funding, please contact the relevant trust who will be able to confirm the fee for the module. Trust contact details are outlined in the ‘further information’ section.

Further information

For further information regarding these modules, please contact:

Professional Development Unit

Level 4 Rolle Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA

Prospective student enquiries: pduadmissions@plymouth.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)1752 586951

Current student enquiries: pdu@plymouth.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)1752 586958

You can also contact the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children for further information:

Beverley Cejer

Lead Nurse, Faculty of Children's Nurse Education specialising in Critical Care

Bristol Royal Hospital for Children

Email: Beverley.Cejer@UHBristol.nhs.uk

or 

Rebekah Overend

Faculty of Children's Nurse Education specialising in Critical Care

Bristol Royal Hospital for Children

Email: FacultyOfChildrensNurseEducation@UHBristol.nhs.uk

Module leads

The module lead at degree level is Rebekah Overend.

Email: FacultyOfChildrensNurseEducation@UHBristol.nhs.uk

The module lead at masters level is Anna Chick.

Email: anna.chick@plymouth.ac.uk