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

The programme is made up of 12 two-month blocks of teaching. Each block lasts for approximately 35 days to allow for holidays and is broken down as follows: Directed self study � 70 hours; small group teaching � 14 hours; clinical skills teaching � 21 hours; workplace experience � 140 hours. The programme is delivered primarily in the Trust to give maximum exposure to the clinical environment. Delivery of the academic component is largely through e-lectures using the university's virtual learning environment, Canvas. Key aspects of the e-lectures are discussed further in the tutorial sessions led by the clinical tutor, as well as issues encountered in the clinical area and the application of the theoretical component. Tutorial plans are supplied as part of the programme material.

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.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgDip Distance learning £ 4,380 per Academic year (home fees) 27 months

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