University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Advanced Critical Care Practitioner

The aim of the programme is to develop a new professional able to safely fulfil a proportion of those roles currently only undertaken by medically qualified intensive care trainees in the National Health Service. This new role is seen to be important in pioneering the shift of work, traditionally done only by doctors, to new, non-medically trained grades of staff. It also addresses the current workforce planning problems in critical care. This programme allows students to extend their studies beyond the qualification required for registration (PG Diploma: Advanced Critical Care Practitioner) to an MSc, by satisfactorily completing a dissertation.

Entry requirements

Registered health care practitioners (eg, nurses, operating department practitioners/Physician Assistants' (Anaesthesia)) require 1 or both of the following: at least 3 years full-time, post-qualification work experience in a relevant area, and evidence of recent (within 3 years) and successful academic activity; a 1st degree in a health-related subject.

Course modules

Core modules: introduction to clinical practice in anaesthesia (30 credits); applied science of anaesthesia (20 credits); body systems in anaesthesia and critical care (40 credits); critical care in clinical practice (30 credits).

Assessment methods

Students attend the University for an induction day, exams and the mock OSCE. The final OSCE examination takes place at the Royal College of Anaesthetists in London.

Sponsorship information

This programme is part of a structured training programme for the role of Advanced Critical Care Practitioner (ACCP) It is fully funded by the individual NHS Trust that supports ACCP training.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgDip Distance learning GBP 4,380 per Year 1 (EU) 27 months
PgDip Distance learning GBP 4,380 per Year 1 (England) 27 months
PgDip Distance learning GBP 4,380 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 27 months
PgDip Distance learning GBP 4,380 per Year 1 (Scotland) 27 months
PgDip Distance learning GBP 4,380 per Year 1 (Wales) 27 months

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