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The Acutely Ill Adult - Level 6 - AC6680
Dates: TBC

 **This module has been delivered for the 19/20 academic year. Dates and applications will be available for the 20/21 delivery at the end of June 2020. Please check back soon.**

This module is commissioned by Health Education England as part of its continuing workforce development (CWD) portfolio. If you are interested in participating, please complete the application form and gain authorisation from your Line Manager and your Trust Training Coordinator. This module is also available for students that wish to self-fund 

To apply please make a note of the module start month, click on book now and choose the application for the correct starting month. Once your application is complete we will contact you in order to confirm whether or not you have been allocated a place. If you receive a place you will be emailed an official offer letter, you will need to respond confirming your place within 10 working days.

In order to assist you in completing your application we have attached guidance notes. Please refer to these while completing your application.

As part of your application you will need to upload a copy of your completed study leave approval form. If you do not attach your approval form to your application or it is incomplete this will delay your application and may impact you being offered a place on the module. Instructions on how to do this are in the guidance notes.





If you have any questions or queries about this module please contact us via email at or call (0191) 4060901.

Care of the acutely ill adult is challenging and complex and the location of the patient does not determine the level of care that they require. This module is designed for qualified nurses working within acute care settings, caring for deteriorating patients, or patients at risk of deterioration, requiring Level 1 care (Intensive Care Society, 2009). This module aims to develop your ability to recognise, assess and manage acutely ill adult patients.

Relevant anatomy and physiology will be covered with a body systems approach to some of the common acute illnesses that patients’ present with; including respiratory failure, cardiovascular failure, acute kidney injury, neurological and metabolic disorders and gastrointestinal emergencies. Holistic nursing care will be addressed during discussion on psychosocial care. Additionally, the nursing role in ensuring patient safety will be considered with inclusion of human factors in healthcare, risk assessment, early warning scoring, communication and evidence based practice.

Course Information

Award Type 20 Credit, Level 6

Delivery Method Blend of Lectures, Workshops, Reflective Practice, Seminars and Directed Study

Mode of Study
Attendance at university, directed and self-directed learning

Coach Lane Campus

Start Dates: TBC

Health, Sport and Social Care

Northumbria is the principal provider of nurse education in the North East of England and was named Nurse Education Provider of the Year (post-registration) for three consecutive years by Student Nursing Times.

We have excellent relationships with partner services in health, social care and social work and our range of CPD provision supports practitioners and managers to engage in professional learning and then examine how this can be integrated in the practice arena.

Designed by a multi-professional team including Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Midwives, Social Care Staff and Medical practitioners our range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is tailored towards individuals who are driving and enabling practice development in NHS North East.

Methods of teaching will include interactive lectures, seminars, and group work. This module will be delivered at Northumbria University by lecturers with specialist experience of nursing acutely ill patients. As qualified nurses you will be expected to actively participate in your learning by developing a learning contract and undertaking directed study. You will be expected to participate in class discussion and group work, share your own expertise and develop debate and make recommendations about important practice issues related to acute illness.

It is expected that this module will give you the knowledge to assess and manage the early phases of acute illness. Formative assessment will take the form of in-class tests to assess your level of knowledge and understanding gained from course materials. The summative assessment strategy is designed to ensure that you have the knowledge to recognise, and provide appropriate care for patients in the early stages of acute illness. This will be achieved by submission of a 3500- word essay discussing the pathophysiology of an acute illness, and an exploration of the evidence base for the care and management of that illness.

This course is based at our Coach Lane Campus where you will have access to cutting-edge facilities with technology embedded through all aspects of your module.

Northumbria University has been ranked in the top quartile in the UK for research power in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing. Additionally, more than 80% of our research activity in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).


Ensure you are up-to-date with the latest developments in research and practice to support wound care.

This module would suit nurses that care for adult patients in within acute care environments.

Registered Healthcare Professional (NMC, HCPC, other AHP)

Previous level 5 study

This module aims to develop your ability to recognise, assess and manage acutely ill adult patients.

If you have any questions or queries about this module please contact us via email at or call (0191) 4060901.

Please register your interest for this course and we will be in touch once we have confirmed dates.

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