This course is primarily aimed at doctors, nurses and paramedics caring for critically ill patients.
This course aims to prepare health care professionals to work at a senior clinical decision making level across a number of clinical settings.
The structure of the course will enable the non-medical clinicians to undertake a full systems examination (Child and Adult) and to develop the knowledge and skills to clinically and critically interpret results of tests and investigations.
A flexible, modular structure allows you to study over a three years period starting with the PG Certificate in the first year, then progressing to the PG Diploma in the second and then going on to the MSc stage in the third. Most modules can also be taken as a stand-alone Postgraduate Award.
Taught by senior practising clinicians and health care professionals, this is an interactive programme where you will learn through seminars, group work and individual study.
This course is aimed primarily at doctors, nurses, paramedics and AHPs who work within acute, emergency and critical care environments such as Emergency Departments, Intensive Care Units and Ambulance Services. It is ideal for those practitioners who are developing their scope of practice towards an autonomous role.
Applicants who have successfully completed a non-medical prescribing course at another UK HEI and have registered this qualification with their professional body will automatically be granted Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) of 40 CATS points towards the Independent and Supplementary Prescribing module in year 2. Applicants will be required to provide original evidence of their qualification and professional registration of this qualification.
The course is modular and organised in blocks of study lasting between four and six days at a time, which can be consecutive days within the same week or spread out over several weeks.
PG Certificate (60 CATS points):
- Clinical Examination and Diagnostic Skills for Health Care Professionals (40 CATS)
- Understanding Research and Critical Appraisal in Healthcare (20 CATs)
PG Diploma (120 CATS points): The PG Certificate modules above plus:
- Independent and Supplementary Prescribing (40 CATs) - module available from September 2020
- Critical Care Transfer
MSc (180 CATS points): The PG Certificate and Diploma modules above plus:
- Professional Project (40 CATS)
- One optional module (see choices below)
Most modules can also be taken as a standalone Postgraduate Award.
- be in a clinical post at Band 6 or above in a trainee ACP post or similar
- have current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Health Care Professionals Council or Royal Pharmaceutical Society
- Hold a BSc degree at 2nd class level, or evidence of Level 7 study.
Those without the academic qualifications will have a telephone interview with the course director for a special case request to be made.
English language requirements: Band A with specific component scores of 6.5 in reading and writing.
MSc: 3 years part time
PG Dip: 2 years part time
PG Cert: 1 year part time
Study mode: Part-time
Location of study: University of Warwick and Birmingham
Course calendar-please refer to modules' webpages:
Clinical Examinations & Diagnostic Skills