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Introduction to Critical Care

  • Study Mode: Part Time
  • Location: Uxbridge
  • Duration: 15 Weeks
  • Start Date: February 2022
Building on our reputation in this field, our Introduction to Critical Care module will help enable you to critically analyse and evaluate the principles and practice of caring for critically ill patients in a variety of care settings.
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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.  

Why study this subject?

This course is designed for healthcare practitioners in primary or secondary care who provide support for critically ill patients and who are working in a high dependency area.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

BNU has a long history of training health care professionals, giving them the skills and practice-based experience they need to provide excellent patient care. This short course will focus on the process of nursing during the assessment, critical care and rehabilitative phases, utilising nursing theories or appropriate frameworks for care.

The module also enables you to call upon relevant literature and research to inform practice, provide competent and effective care, and function effectively as part of a multi-professional team.

    What will I study?

    Over the 15 weeks, we'll cover areas such as:

    • caring for patients and clients in critical care and non-critical care settings; biological, pharmacological, psychological and social aspects of critical care
    • the role of the nurse within the critical care environment; drawing on a range of medical/surgical and neurological interventions and identifying appropriate nursing and therapeutic interventions, technological applications and best practice
    • the physical and emotional needs of the patient and their families will be explored within the context of a family centred approach to care.

    On successful completion of the module you should be able to:

    • demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the anatomy and physiology associated with disorders that can contribute to critical illness and acute deterioration
    • draw upon evidence-based practice to critically evaluate and reflect upon interventions used to support the acutely unwell adult and their significant others, within an ethico-legal and professional framework
    • demonstrate competency in the holistic care of the critically ill patient and significant others.

    How will I be taught and assessed?

    You'll need to complete a poster presentation critically analysing an aspect of high dependency care, and a booklet of high dependency competencies. Both of these elements need to be passed in order to pass the module.

    When will this course run?

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

    What are the course entry requirements?

    We'll be looking for health care professionals with six months experience within a relevant clinical area. For Level 6 study, 120 credits at Level 5 or the equivalent are required.

    What are the tuition fees


    Home and EU, Academic Year 2021 - 2022


    The University is unable to accept any new applications from students who require sponsorship for a student visa to start in September 2022. This is due to the overwhelming popularity of our courses and visa processing timeframes.  Applications are still being taken from students who are already in the UK and hold the right to study.

    From September 2022, those students living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and EU nationals with settled status in the UK, will be considered Home students.

    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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