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Postgraduate Course: Core Clinical Practice in Critical Care (CRCA11003)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis clinical course builds on content delivered earlier in the MSc programme and teaches the skills and knowledge required to gain confidence working within the critical care environment. The key areas covered are daily clinical patient assessment, participation in consultant ward rounds utilising daily checklists and the management of unexpected clinical emergencies in the critical care unit.
Course description 1) Academic description

This core clinical course will equip students with the knowledge and skills required to safely and effectively manage the day to day care of patients in critical care. The course delivers an innovative authentic learning experience ┬┐ allowing students to immerse themselves in the management of virtual patients in a virtual ICU. Upon course completion, students should feel confident that they could perform a daily assessment and review of a critically ill or injured patient, could create a daily management plan for that patient, and could identify and manage any potential or real threats to patient safety. They will understand how to optimize the critical care environment to promote high quality, safe patient care, and how to create systems which promote patient safety, within a culture of continuous improvement in the standard of patient care.

2) Outline content

Using state of the art immersive 365-degree interactive images, students will be orientated to an online virtual intensive care ward. This ward will be populated by a selection of patients from the group they had referred to critical care in the Fundamentals course. A virtual walk round will allow them to learn about monitoring, organ support equipment, ergonomics and layout, emergency procedures and physical safety. They will then engage in daily assessment of their patients, preparing for the consultant ward round, and learning about daily checklists in the care of these patients. They will be exposed to the underpinning physiology, physics and pharmacology relevant in this context. There will be discussion of clinical governance and quality improvement in critical care with demonstration of a morbidity and mortality meeting, and access to a virtual quality improvement board.

3) Student Learning Experience

Students will learn from subject matter experts in critical care through the medium of a virtual intensive care unit. Students will participate in asynchronous subject matter expert-led discussion boards, where they will each develop an allocated ┬┐5-minute teaching┬┐ topic for presentation at the weekly live tutorials. Classic papers will be reviewed. They will receive instruction on the creation of an infographic There will be weekly online safety-based quizzes. The students will also engage with recorded tutorials and lectures featuring key practical procedures and safety drills. They will evidence their learning through the development and delivery of 5-minute teaching and the infographic based on their allotted subject. There will also be a safety in practice single best answer paper.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start MVM Online Learning Block 2
Course Start Date 08/01/2024
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 100 %
Feedback Feedback is defined as information to students which allows them to review what they know, understand and can do in their studies. Feedback is also important to identify areas for improvement, for example course feedback surveys will be an integral component of the programme to allow refinement.

Opportunities for feedback arise during timetabled courses, for example during live session tutorials, interactive discussion boards, emails. Feedback will be provided on coursework assignments but also activities which are not formally assessed, for example class discussion on the discussion board, group exercises, problem-solving such as weekly quizzes and developing project plans and proposals. A formative task is provided in each course which provides feedforward prior to the student submitting their first piece of summative assessed course work.

All assignments will be marked and feedback is provided within a period of fifteen working days (where possible) following the submission date (excluding holidays periods whereby the University of closed, e.g. over the Christmas period).
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the theories, concepts and principles of the basic clinical sciences underpinning the day to day management of patients in intensive care
  2. Demonstrate the application of that knowledge to safe treatment decisions for patients being treated in a critical care environment
  3. Assimilate and communicate complex clinical information using a structured clinical approach in the daily assessment and management of critically ill or injured adults
  4. Exercise autonomy within the limits of their professional practice and competence and be able to work effectively in multi-disciplinary critical care team
  5. Be able to identify threats to patient safety and use critical judgement to apply systems which promote patient safety and strive towards continual improvement in standards of care
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills a) Mindsets:

Enquiry and lifelong learning:
Graduates of this course will be encouraged to pursue their own curiosity and to learn and develop in the field of critical care, to strive for excellence in their own professional practice, and also to strive to improve care for patients as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Aspiration and personal development
Students will be encouraged to draw on their own experiences to identify areas in which they wish to grow and develop acknowledging that different students will have different priorities and aspirations.

Outlook and engagement
Students will be asked to bring to the course experiences from their own practice, often specifically relating to their own geographical context, that can be used to explore learning, engage with individuals from other international communities on the programme.

b) Skills:

Research and enquiry
Students will use and further develop newly acquired expertise in accessing the literature and critical appraisal, to incorporate the findings of primary research in their arguments, discussions, and assessments.

Personal and intellectual autonomy
Students will be encouraged to use their own personal and intellectual autonomy through their active participation in self-directed learning, discussion boards and collaborative activities to critically evaluate ideas evidence and experiences from an open-minded perspective.

Personal effectiveness
Success on the course will require students to be effective an proactive learners. Using the resources of the course tutors, and the university learning and information environment, students will be encouraged and supported to contribute to their own learning, as well as that of others.

Excellence in critical care is dependent on excellent communication, and the structure of the interactive (discussion boards and collaborative activities) and assessment elements incorporate constant reinforcement and development of this skill.
KeywordsDaily review,ward round,Intensive Care,Critical Care,ICU,HDU,team working,patient safety
Course organiserDr Gilly Fleming
Course secretaryMrs Kimberley Jamieson
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