Care of the critically ill child/young person (L1&2)

This module explores the specialist knowledge, practice and skills that underpin the care given to children and young people requiring or potentially requiring paediatric critical care whether medical, surgical or trauma related.

These will be children who need an enhanced level of observation, monitoring and/or intervention at the level expected for level 1 or 2 critical care.

These may be children who are critically ill, critically injured or children with complex conditions who require additional nursing care for other reasons.

Students will build on existing knowledge of anatomy, physiology and embryology to develop nursing practice and understanding in a range of clinical conditions for level 1 and level 2 critical care. Consideration will be given to different areas in which this care can be delivered for example bespoke high dependency units, normal ward environments, hospices and home. The module delivery will be supported by experts from clinical practice. This module is open to nurses and other health professionals working in an environment where level 1 and level 2 critical care is carried out, both within an acute clinical environment and the community setting.

Course Topics

  • Introduction to critical care
  • Care of the critical ill child- respiratory, gastrointestinal, cardiac, renal, diabetic ketoacidosis
  • Care of the critical ill child- sepsis and infection
  • Critical care transfer and transport
  • Pharmacology in Level 1 and 2 critical care
  • Palliative and end of life care
  • Ethics
  • Trauma and seizures
  • Respiratory physiotherapy and blood gases
  • Care of the critically ill child in the community

Entry Criteria

  • Effective registration with an appropriate Professional Statutory Regulatory Body (PSRB) in health care, such as NMC or HCPC
  • Minimum 12 months post-registration experience, normally within a health practice setting
  • Possess BSc (Hons) 2:2 degree award minimum
  • IELTS 6.5 in all criteria


  • Minimum of three years post-registration experience, normally within a health practice setting
  • Possess a BSc or 60 credits equivalent at level 6 which must include a research module (or equivalent)
  • Applicants who fall short of the above entry requirements may use the RPL mechanism to contribute towards the above criteria at the discretion of the Programme Leader


How to apply

Online application forms and guidance for application process

Key information

Module Category: PCPH
Module Code: 5015
Module Credits: 30
Module Level: 7

Module leader

Lorna Debourg


Semester 1:

Course Length: 4 hours per week every Tuesday AM for 12 weeks 9am-1pm

  • Tuesday 3rd   October 2023
  • Tuesday 10th October 2023
  • Tuesday 17th October 2023
  • Tuesday 24th October 2023
  • Tuesday 31st October 2023
  • Tuesday 7th    November 2023
  • Tuesday 14th November 2023
  • Tuesday 21st November 2023
  • Tuesday 28th November 2023
  • Tuesday 5th   December 2023
  • Tuesday 12th December 2023
  • Tuesday 19th December 2023

Delivery Method: face to face on campus