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Intensive Care

  • Study Mode: Part Time
  • Location: Uxbridge
  • Duration: 15 Weeks
  • Start Date: September 2022
BNU has a long history of training nurses and giving them the skills and practice-based experience they need to provide excellent patient care.
This course will help you develop a systematic understanding and critical awareness when caring for the critically ill patient with multiple organ dysfunctions, level 3 patients.
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Application guide

Want to enhance your skills with one of our short courses? To apply for one of our Continuing Professional Development courses, please use our application portal. If you are being funded as part of an NHS contract, please apply through our dedicated NHS application portal.

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Fees and Funding

Covering the costs of your professional development may now be easier than you think. There are many ways you can fund your course, such as employer/NHS sponsorship. There is also the option to pay in instalments to help spread the cost. 

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Bespoke training

Our wealth of experience and expertise enables us to offer bespoke training programmes. These programmes can be taught on-site to organisations who require a specific area of care to be addressed.

Credits: 30 credits at level 6 and 7.

Why study this subject?

This course is designed for nursing staff working in an Intensive Care unit and looking to improve their skills and understanding for caring for critically ill patients.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

Led by our experienced and supportive staff, this course will help enhance your knowledge and skills of critical enquiry.

Over the 15 weeks, we will cover areas such as:

  • the holistic care and management of patients who are critically ill within the intensive care environment and suffering from a range of biochemical and physiological derangements
  • critical analysis of the critical care environment on the patient, family and carers
  • multi-disciplinary team working and its effects upon patient experiences
  • the role of the critical care nurse in ethical decision making
  • analysis and exploration of technical skills within intensive care
  • exploration of the differing roles and responsibilities and of members of the multi-disciplinary team related to rehabilitative activities
  • exploration of political influences impacting upon patient care.

To take this course you need to be working in an Intensive Care unit and be qualified for a minimum of 1 year. You will also need a supervisor to sign off your ITU competencies.

How will I be taught and assessed?

A variety of teaching and learning strategies will be used such as case studies, lectures, seminars, critical reflection, competency-based learning in practice and student presentations.

In addition, it is normal for the employing trust to provide you with a suitably qualified mentor to work with the course team in supporting your learning in practice. You will be expected to achieve core clinical competencies within your respective clinical area. Assessment will consist of three parts:

  • an examination
  • a reflective essay linked to a clinical competency document
  • clinical competency document that will be completed while in clinical practice.

When will this course run?

This course runs on Fridays from 10am - 5pm.

What are the course entry requirements?

Registered health care professional with minimum of 1 years’ experience in the field of General Intensive Care

For Level 6 study you’ll need 120 credits at Level 5 or equivalent.

What are the tuition fees


Home and EU, Academic Year 2022 - 2023


Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

Course leader

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Natasha Loughrey
  • Senior Lecturer
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