Recognising and responding to acute physical deterioration in adults

This module is for nurses and Allied Health Professionals (AHP’s) 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. Use of a systematic approach to patient assessment and 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 contemporary research and evidence. Learners will also have underpinning knowledge of investigations, interpretation and application of results and of current and emerging treatment modalities.


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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
  • They should also possess 120 credits at levels 4 and 5 (previously 1 and 2) that has not previously been counted towards a degree award
  • Student should have the ability to study successfully at Degree Level

Applicants who fall short of the above entry requirements may use the RPL mechanism to contribute towards the above criteria - please contact the Programme Leader for advice.

How to apply

Online Application Forms and Guidance Information

Key information

Module Category: PCPH
Module Code: 3013
Module Credits: 30
Module Level: 6

Module leader

Charlotte Bates

T: (0116) 250 6114


Semester 2

  • Tuesday 26th January
  • Tuesday 2nd February
  • Tuesday 9th February
  • Tuesday 23rd February
  • Tuesday 2nd March
  • Tuesday 9th March
  • Tuesday 16th March

Semester X

  • Tuesday 8th June
  • Tuesday 15th June
  • Tuesday 22nd June
  • Tuesday 29th June
  • Tuesday 6th July
  • Tuesday 13th July
  • Tuesday 20th July

Return to study

This is an undergraduate module in which you will be expected to produce assessed work at UG 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.


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