For experienced critical care practitioners who wish to advance their clinical practice, develop their professional career and enhance their knowledge of research and evidence-based healthcare.
This pathway is designed for experienced critical care practitioners who wish to advance their clinical practice, develop their professional career and enhance their knowledge of research and evidence-based health care. The programme builds on your existing skills and experience to enable you to lead and support the development and subsequent delivery of evidence-based practice. It will enable you to develop a critical understanding of research methods and methodologies; use theoretical concepts from nursing and other disciplines to generate researchable questions focused around critical care; develop a scientific basis for examining critical care practice; use the skills of critical reflection; and understand the political context of healthcare and how it influences practice.
It is a suitable programme for practitioners from a wide variety of critical care areas, for example: accident and emergency departments; cardiac care areas; intensive care and high dependency units; liver units; renal units; perioperative departments; and neuroscience departments. Students undertake core modules in critical care, evidence-based practice and healthcare research. In addition students select options from a range of areas including:
- Advanced assessment skills
- Prescribing (for eligible practitioners)
- Clinical specialities
- Professional development and organisational change
- Specialist practice portfolios.
Other options from our BSc programme may also be available. Students who have already studied clinically focused modules at undergraduate or graduate level at King's may be able to incorporate that study into this programme, subject to certain limits, provided that the credits have not already contributed to an award. Modules studied elsewhere may be incorporated through accreditation of prior certificated learning (subject to a successful accreditation claim).
Students progressing to the MSc undertake a substantial research or service development project relevant to their own area of practice.
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King's College London
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
UK 180/ECTS 90
Typically students take one year to complete a certificate, two years for a diploma and three years for an MSc. Maximum of six years PT.
Waterloo and Guy's campuses.
Students are now experienced practitioners working in a variety of critical care settings such as: cardiac, accident and emergency, renal, hepatology, neurosciences, perioperative, intensive care and high dependency.
Year of entry 2013