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Acute medical care has evolved considerably in recent years and is the fastest-growing medical speciality in the UK. Building on your existing clinical knowledge and experience, this course is designed to develop your understanding of the acutely unwell patient, especially those who present with diverse and undifferentiated medical conditions.
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This stand-alone professional development course is for practitioners who are currently working with vulnerable adult groups, including older people, frail people, teenagers and young adults. Such environments include specialist multidisciplinary hospital teams, admission avoidance, falls prevention, end of life care and the specific needs of younger patients.
Focusing on the most common acute medical emergencies, including chest pain, breathlessness and sepsis, our experienced and knowledgeable staff will support you to deepen your understanding of the interface between acute medicine and complex care. We’ll guide you to explore and evaluate the signs and symptoms of the deteriorating patient to help you identify when to initiate appropriate and timely interventions, and encourage you to consider appropriate theoretical principles as part of your decision making process.
To support your development as a practitioner in acute medicine, we’ll concentrate on the knowledge and clinical skills required for the systematic assessment of patients who present as acute medical emergencies. As these patients are often physiologically unstable, we’ll emphasise the importance of your understanding of the pathophysiology of the acutely ill patient.
Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.
This course offers academic progression in the specialist field of acute medicine in vulnerable adult groups.
Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021-2022 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2021-2022 policy on www.gov.uk for information.
The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.
For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:
You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:
You should have to hand:
Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates
Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies
Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role
Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately
Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference
Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.
Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.
If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Apply online: University of Bolton Advanced Professional Development Acute Medicine HE6 - 19 September 2022
As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.
We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.
This professional development course is designed to support you to develop your enquiry skills using the principles of problem-based learning, and to consider the impact of your decisions on patient care. It focuses on common presentations as well as rarer acute critical presentations.
Keynote lectures will provide an introduction, and for each topic you’ll be provided with a pertinent case history along with a set of investigation results for the class to consider. Group discussions of a wide range of case histories and abnormal findings provide opportunities for you to enhance your understanding and decision-making, and offer knowledge of what investigations and interventions represent for patients. These activities are also aimed at developing your ability to make defensible decisions rather than simply arriving at the correct answer without a logical argument to back up the decision.
In terms of assessment you can expect written exams and observed structured clinical examinations (OSCEs).
|Level one||Practical exams 50%, Written exams 50%|
|Level one||Guided independent study 76%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 24%|
The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.
The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.
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