Gateway building reception area

Recognising the Deteriorating Patient

  • Study Mode: Part Time
  • Location: Uxbridge
  • Duration: 15 Weeks
  • Start Date: February and September 2022
Our short course in ‘Recognising the Deteriorating Patient’ enables healthcare practitioners to gain further knowledge and skills in the assessment and evaluation of the care of patients at risk of deterioration.
Woman sat at a table making notes on a bit of paper student writing studying
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.

A close up of a calculator on a table student typing office
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. 

woman standing up talking to two others who are sat down on chairs
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 Level 7.


Why study this subject?

The module will enhance your existing assessment and evaluation skills by introducing related strategies used to recognise, assess, escalate help and manage patients who are at risk of deterioration.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

On this course you'll explore the underpinning theory associated with assessment and management of patients who are at risk of deterioration or who are deteriorating.

Clinical scenarios will be used to guide you in your knowledge and skills development, appraising the need for timely assessment and appropriate interventions to prevent deterioration.

There are key themes running throughout the module including:

  • recognising patients at risk of deterioration
  • use of national early warning scores
  • airway, breathing, circulation, disability and exposure framework in assessment and evaluation of patients at risk
  • situation, background, assessment and recommendation framework to escalate help
  • deteriorating neurological patient
  • deteriorating cardiac patient
  • deteriorating respiratory patient
  • deteriorating septic patient
  • deteriorating renal patient
  • development of assessment, evaluation, clinical judgment, problem solving, decision making and team working through use of group work, clinical scenarios and clinical competencies.

The assessment includes a book of clinical competencies to fill in so you will need access to a clinical area where these can be carried out and a qualified mentor.

This course can be tailored to local requirements.

When will this course run?

This course on Fridays.

What are the course entry requirements?

A healthcare practitioner with a minimum 6 months' experience in a relevant area. The assessment includes a book of clinical competencies to fill in so you will need access to a clinical area where these can be carried out, and a qualified mentor.

What are the tuition fees


Home and EU, Academic Year 2021 - 2022


Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023


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

A head and shoulders shot of a smiling Christine Turney, who is looking directly into the camera wearing a red jumper and glasses
Christiane Turney
  • Senior Lecturer
Read full profile
A head shot of a smiling Fiona Chalk wearing glasses stood face on looking directly into the camera
Fiona Chalk
  • Senior Lecturer
Read full profile