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DRPS : Course Catalogue : Deanery of Clinical Sciences : Critical Care

Postgraduate Course: Critical Care Recovery (CRCA11026)

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 AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course will give students an opportunity to explore and gain a detailed understanding of post intensive care syndrome, the complex rehabilitation needs of these patients, and the multidisciplinary nature of running a critical care recovery service.

The course will cover general considerations relevant to post intensive care recovery, and will use a team of experts to demonstrate the multi-professional expertise required to deliver a successful critical care recovery service.
Course description The course will be divided into 5 weeks, with each week comprising a theme. This course will cover:

1 Introduction to critical care recovery, with specific focus on post intensive care syndrome, and benefits of timely rehabilitation.
2 The multidisciplinary approach to critical care recovery. Triaging of patients requiring critical care recovery, and the evidence for treatment and prevention.
3 Physical recovery ¿ assessment, physical rehabilitation, nutrition & swallow, and polypharmacy.
4 Psychological and cognitive recovery, with specific focus on cognitive assessment and delirium.
5 Running a critical care recovery service and measuring success.

The students will be able to achieve an understanding of this subject area by:

· A series of lectures and live tutorials led and delivered by experts from across the multi-disciplinary teams involved in running a critical care recovery service.
· Expert clinicians will participate in a podcast or tutorial to demonstrate strengths and limitations of running a critical care recovery service.
· By focusing on critical care recovery, we will lead students through detailed discussion of all aspects of the patient journey from post intensive care syndrome to assessment, through physical, psychological, and cognitive recovery, and the multidisciplinary team of experts required to run a successful service.
· Interactive teaching that will allow students to work with expert tutors and colleagues to identify and explore learning needs through case-based tutorials and discussion boards.
· A discussion board each week will be facilitated by the multidisciplinary expert for the weekly topic.
· Reference to a wide range of teaching materials.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start MVM Online Learning Block 3
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) Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100% 100% in-course assessment.

Written Essay (1500 words 80% of overall mark):
Expanded case summary

Patient information leaflet (Maximum 500 words 20% of overall mark):
Design a patient information leaflet about a critical care recovery service and what this service offers.
Feedback Interactive tutorials and discussion boards will allow students to gain ongoing feedback from tutors and their peers.

Formal feedback will be provided for all assessed components of the course.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a detailed, critical knowledge and understanding of post intensive care syndrome.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of effective multidisciplinary teamwork within a critical care recovery service, assimilating and communicating complex clinical information using a structured clinical approach.
  3. Apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to the theories, concepts and principles underpinning the day-to-day management of patients undergoing post-ICU rehabilitation.
  4. Integrate new knowledge and evidence base to develop an understanding and professional awareness of running a critical care recovery service.
Reading List
LACI Life After Critical Illness: A Guide for developing and delivering aftercare services for critically ill patients (Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine, 2021)

Additional eBooks and journal articles will be added to the reading list at the time the course launches.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Mindset:

Enquiry and lifelong learning:
Students will use skills in information retrieval and critical analysis to evaluate developments in critical care recovery. Students will understand how these developments can inform clinical practice and improve outcomes for patients.

Aspiration and personal development
Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the role of the multi-disciplinary team of running a critical care recovery service, including developments that extend the scope of clinician practice as a service grows.
Students will have the opportunity to gain specific understanding of the complex care and rehabilitation of patients post intensive care, and will be able to reflect on their own ability to improve patient care.

Outlook and engagement
Students will be equipped with the knowledge and insight needed to develop and improve critical care recovery and rehabilitation for patients in their own context/environment/role. This may be through early referral to a post ICU service, or early intervention within the intensive care setting.

Research and enquiry
Students will demonstrate their ability to critically evaluate research findings and incorporate new findings into existing practices to improve patient outcomes.

Personal and intellectual autonomy
Students will have the opportunity to consider how developments or early intervention/referral can be made in their own context/environment.

Personal effectiveness
The students who fully engage with the course over the 5 weeks will gain the most from the taught content and focus their time for self-directed learning. By maximising these opportunities, they will develop their own knowledge and understanding as well as contributing productively to other students¿ learning.

Effective participation and engagement with course materials will involve active communication with tutors and other students. This will allow students to direct their learning so that their own self-identified learning needs are addressed on this course throughout the process
KeywordsCritical care recovery,Post intensive care syndrome,rehabilitation,Physical & Psychological Recovery
Course organiserMs Alana Jefferies
Tel: (01312) 426398
Course secretaryMrs Kimberley Jamieson
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