Emergency care of the acutely ill

The module is designed for registered healthcare professionals who work in emergency care. Its focus will be on the patient who has an acute illness presentation that requires emergency intervention.

Candidates on the module will be from various healthcare backgrounds including nurses and paramedics, so different areas of the course will be challenging for each person. There will be pre-session study to be achieved in the form of wider reading and listening to pre-recorded video podcasts. We want to spend as much time in class facilitating problem based learning to promote your critical thinking, so there will be work to be achieved outside of the teaching days.

The module will mainly be theory based, but is designed to link to presentations that you will see in your own working environment. Putting theory in to practice is really important and you will need the help of experienced colleagues to support you in this.

Module Content

  • Introduction to the Module and Medical Cardiac Emergencies
  • Arrhythmia and ECG Recognition
  • Acute Heart Failure
  • Medical Respiratory Emergencies
  • Medial Neurological Emergencies
  • Medical Gastrointestinal Emergencies
  • Group Tutorials and Sepsis
  • Paediatric Medical Emergencies
  • Endocrine Emergencies / Biochemical Emergencies
  • Alcohol Use Disorder
  • Obstetric and RSH Emergencies
  • Mental Health Emergencies

The module will be assessed by a practice portfolio and an essay submission.

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: 3324
Module Credits: 30
Module Level: 6

Module leader

Anthony Kitchener 
E: ant.kitchener@dmu.ac.uk
T: 0116 207 8978


Semester 2: 2018
This module runs once per academic year.

  • 09.00 - 13.00 Friday 26 January
  • 09.00 - 13.00 Friday 2 February
  • 09.00 - 13.00 Friday 9 February
  • 09.00 - 13.00 Friday 16 February
  • 09.00 - 13.00 Friday 23 February
  • 09.00 - 13.00 Friday 2 March
  • 09.00 - 13.00 Friday 9 March
  • 09.00 - 13.00 Friday 16 March
  • 09.00 - 13.00 Friday 6 April
  • 09.00 - 13.00 Friday 13 April

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

Preparation for Study

Healthcare professionals should have worked in the emergency environment and be settled in their own clinical practice and ability. Those that have not studied recently are advised to revisit general study skills and to start to read journals about acute illness presentations. 


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