Recognising and Responding to Acute Physical Deterioration in Adults

This module is for nurses who may encounter physically deteriorating acutely ill adults in their day to day practice outside of the critical care environment. The module will enable the learner to recognise the physically acutely unwell patient and act accordingly in relation to their own clinical environment. Utilising a problem-solving approach this module will allow the learner to demonstrate knowledge of relevant anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology using a systems-based approach including the respiratory, cardiovascular, renal, gastrointestinal, neurological and integumentary systems. 

Learners will critically synthesize the clinical interventions and approaches to patient assessment. Critical awareness of national initiatives such as NEWS2 and Sepsis 6 will assist the learner in recognising health abnormalities and enable them to competently assess, plan, implement and evaluate appropriate care underpinned by the synthesis of contemporary research and evidence. Learners will also have underpinning knowledge of investigations, interpretation and application of results and of current and emerging treatment.


De Montfort University


LBR Contract

Entry Criteria

  • All students must have an effective registration with an appropriate Professional statutory regulatory body
  • Students should usually have a minimum of one year’s post-registration experience, normally within a health practice setting
  • Students should also possess BSc (Hons) 2:2 degree award minimum
  • Applicants who fall short of the entry criteria should have
    • 1)  A minimum of three years post-registration experience, normally within a health practice setting
    • 2) Must possess a BSc or possess 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. (Please contact the Programme Leader

How to apply

Online application forms and guidance for application process

Key information

Module Category: PCPH
Module Code: 5013
Module Credits: 30
Module Level: 7

Module leader

Natalie Coltman

T: 0116 257 7097


Semester 1 & 2

Every Wednesday from 05/10/23 for semester 1 and from 01/02/23 for semester 2

Return to study

This is a post-graduate module in which you will be expected to produce assessed work at PG standard. If it is sometime since you produced an academic essay or undertook other kinds of academically assessed work, you will be well advised to undertake some academic preparatory work. Advice and support can be provided by the Module Leader.