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Advanced Critical Care Practice PG Dip

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This new Advanced Critical Care Practitioner (ACCP) course has been developed by King's in response to the need for new practitioners as outlined by the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) to address the shortage of doctors in Intensive Care Units (ICU).

Key benefits

  • You will be studying at the top nursing faculty in the UK, ranked second in the world (2020 QS World University Rankings).
  • Central location allows access to world leading clinical and academic resources.
  • Access to extracurricular seminars and lectures given by leaders in healthcare from around the world.
  • A multi-faculty environment drawing on clinical and academic expertise from a number of world leading faculties and hospitals providing an unparalleled inter-professional learning experience.
  • Located in the heart of London, across four of King’s Thames-side campuses (Waterloo, Strand, St Thomas’ and Guy’s) and the Denmark Hill Campus in South London.

This course is suitable for nurses and allied healthcare professionals currently employed in clinical practice as an ACCP trainee in an intensive care unit. Applicants must be employed in ACCP trainee roles before commencing this postgraduate course. Please note that there are a limited number of places available on each optional module. You will have the opportunity to discuss your choices with your personal tutor. The course is relevant for qualified healthcare practitioners in the community or acute care setting including emergency care, critical care, chronic disease management and other specialist areas. Please note that there are a limited number of spaces available on each optional module. You will have the opportunity to discuss your choices with your personal tutor.

Course Aims

  • The objective of the programme is to produce high quality patient-centred practitioners with appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable them to practice in intensive care.

Base campuses

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Guy’s Campus

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences are based at the riverside Guy's Campus, next to the Shard.

St Thomas
St Thomas’ Campus

Located near Waterloo Campus and home of continuing medical and dental teaching, as well as a museum dedicated to Florence Nightingale.

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Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Awarding Institutions

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King's College London and Affiliates

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

Lectures, seminars and feedback are approximately 150 hours (25% of total hours) in a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision and workshops.

Self-study is approximately 450 hours (75% of total hours) of independent study such as preparing for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading, and completion of assessment task or revision. This will vary according to the optional modules chosen.

Students are expected to undertake on average 14.5 hours of self-study per week.

Contact time is based on 24 academic weeks, whereas self-study time is based on 31 academic weeks. Typically, one credit equates to ten hours of work.

Assessment

  • Course Work
  • Dissertation
  • Examinations

Students are assessed through a combination of coursework, which can include written assignments such as essays, portfolios and dissertations, and examinations.

In addition, some modules will require students to undertake a presentation as part of the module assessment. A small number of modules are assessed by an exam such as OSCEs (objective structured clinical examination) or a computer-based assessment.

All students will also have to complete a clinical competency assessment document using the FICM ACCP assessment documents.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.

Structure

Required modules

You are required to take:

7KNIP030 Advanced Assessment Skills for Non-Medical Practitioners (30 credits)
7KNIP016 Nurse or Midwife Independent and Supplementary Prescribing (60 credits)

Optional modules

In addition, students take 30 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include: King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates. Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Applied Pathophysiology in Advanced Practice (30 credits)
Advanced Practice Clinical Portfolio (15 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

This course has been developed by King’s in response to the need for new practitoners as outlined by the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) to address the shortage of doctors in Intensive Care Units (ICU).

Tuition Fees

UK:

Part time: £3,680 per year (2022/23)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Binding costs
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Binding costs
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Graduation costs

Funding

This course is suitable for nurses and allied healthcare professionals currently employed in clinical practice as an ACCP trainee in an intensive care unit. Applicants must be employed in ACCP trainee roles before commencing this postgraduate course. Please note that there are a limited number of places available on each optional module. You will have the opportunity to discuss your choices with your personal tutor. The course is relevant for qualified healthcare practitioners in the community or acute care setting including emergency care, critical care, chronic disease management and other specialist areas. Please note that there are a limited number of spaces available on each optional module. You will have the opportunity to discuss your choices with your personal tutor.

Course Aims

  • The objective of the programme is to produce high quality patient-centred practitioners with appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable them to practice in intensive care.

Base campuses

campus guys
Guy’s Campus

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences are based at the riverside Guy's Campus, next to the Shard.

St Thomas
St Thomas’ Campus

Located near Waterloo Campus and home of continuing medical and dental teaching, as well as a museum dedicated to Florence Nightingale.

waterloo-banner
Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Awarding Institutions

kcl logo

King's College London and Affiliates

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Loading...

Teaching methods - what to expect

Lectures, seminars and feedback are approximately 150 hours (25% of total hours) in a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision and workshops.

Self-study is approximately 450 hours (75% of total hours) of independent study such as preparing for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading, and completion of assessment task or revision. This will vary according to the optional modules chosen.

Students are expected to undertake on average 14.5 hours of self-study per week.

Contact time is based on 24 academic weeks, whereas self-study time is based on 31 academic weeks. Typically, one credit equates to ten hours of work.

Assessment

  • Course Work
  • Dissertation
  • Examinations

Students are assessed through a combination of coursework, which can include written assignments such as essays, portfolios and dissertations, and examinations.

In addition, some modules will require students to undertake a presentation as part of the module assessment. A small number of modules are assessed by an exam such as OSCEs (objective structured clinical examination) or a computer-based assessment.

All students will also have to complete a clinical competency assessment document using the FICM ACCP assessment documents.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.

Structure

Required modules

You are required to take:

7KNIP030 Advanced Assessment Skills for Non-Medical Practitioners (30 credits)
7KNIP016 Nurse or Midwife Independent and Supplementary Prescribing (60 credits)

Optional modules

In addition, students take 30 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include: King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates. Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Applied Pathophysiology in Advanced Practice (30 credits)
Advanced Practice Clinical Portfolio (15 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

This course has been developed by King’s in response to the need for new practitoners as outlined by the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) to address the shortage of doctors in Intensive Care Units (ICU).

Tuition Fees

UK:

Part time: £3,680 per year (2022/23)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Binding costs
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Binding costs
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Graduation costs

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