Childrens High Dependency Care

This clinically focused module will be useful for practitioners working in all settings where children with high dependency needs are cared for. The module explores specialist knowledge, practice and attitudes that underpin special and high dependency skills in paediatric care by promoting assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation resulting in the enhancement of health care.

Existing knowledge of anatomy, physiology and embryology will be utilised to develop specialist nursing practice. The module delivery will be supported by experts from the high dependency areas of clinical practice and there are some shared sessions with students from the Neonatal HDU module. 

This module is open to nurses working within either an acute clinical environment or a community setting who are caring for children with high dependency needs.  

The module will cover the following subject areas: 

  • High dependency care of children with various conditions eg.a respiratory disorder, cardiac disorder, requiring non-invasive ventilation, genitourinary condition, diabetic ketoacidosis. 
  • Community management of children requiring HDU care at home.
  • Palliative and end of life care in the HDU patient

Entry Criteria

  • Effective registration with the NMC / HPC or other relevant professional body. ESSENTIAL
  • Undertaken successful level 4/5 academic study. ESSENTIAL
  • Currently be employed in practice and have the support of their manager in undertaking the module. ESSENTIAL
  • Have a named mentor in clinical practice throughout the duration of the module. ESSENTIAL

How to apply

Online Application Forms and Guidance Information

Key information

Module Category: NMAH
Module Code: 3377
Module Credits: 30
Module Level: 6

Module leader

Helena Dunbar
T: 0116 201 3830


Semester 1: 2018

  • 09.00 - 13.00 Wednesday 3 October
  • 09.00 - 13.00 Wednesday 10 October
  • 09.00 - 13.00 Wednesday 17 October
  • 09.00 - 13.00 Wednesday 24 October
  • 09.00 - 13.00 Wednesday 31 October
  • 09.00 - 13.00 Wednesday 7 November
  • 09.00 - 13.00 Wednesday 14 November
  • 09.00 - 13.00 Wednesday 21 November
  • 09.00 - 13.00 Wednesday 28 November
  • 09.00 - 13.00 Wednesday 5 December 

Return to study

This is a degree-level module in which you will be expected to produce assessed work at degree-level standard.

If it is sometime since you undertook other kinds of academically assessed work, you will be well advised to consider undertaking some self-directed academic updating around returning to study.

More information can be found here


Learning Beyond Registration contract


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