This module will enable you to critically analyse, evaluate and reflect upon your ability to recognise and manage the health care needs of acutely ill children.
This module is for both adult and paediatric trained health care professionals. You will need to be treating/attending to children as part of your practice.
You will need to complete an induction prior to commencement of your first module. We have a comprehensive online induction package to welcome you to both the university and your programme of study. Alternatively, classroom-based induction days take place at our Lancaster and Carlisle campuses and are usually scheduled for the first week of each semester.
The running of this module is dependent on there being sufficient numbers of interest.
- Health assessment strategies, models and tools used to recognise the acutely ill child
- The 'acute abdomen' presentation e.g. peritonitis, intussusception, volvulus
- Neurological signs e.g. meningism, raised intracranial pressure, seizures
- Respiratory distress & cardiovascular compromise (e.g. asthma, bronchiolitis, congenital heart defects, endocarditis)
- ENT disorders (e.g. epiglottitis, croup)
- Burns, scalds and poisoning
- Overwhelming sepsis
- Trauma and accidental injury
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:
- Critically analyse and evaluate the development of knowledge and understanding of acute presentations in paediatrics including red flag diagnoses and red flag symptoms
- Critically analyse and evaluate the health assessment of the acutely ill child
- Critically evaluate appropriate early warning tools and investigations which will assist the diagnostic process
- Critically analyse, evaluate and reflect on the management of critically ill or seriously ill or emergency cases in childhood
- Critically analyse, evaluate and reflect upon the application of the knowledge and understanding gained to practice
Indicative core bibliography
- Barnes, K. (2003) Paediatrics: A Clinical Guide for Nurse Practitioners. Oxford, Butterworth Heinemann.
- BMA /Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, BNF for Children. 2010-2012 BMJ Publishing Group.
- Cameron, P et. al (2011) Textbook of Paediatric Emergency Medicine (2nd ed.), Philadelphia, Churchill Livingstone
- Gill, D & O'Brien, N (2006) Paediatric Clinical Examination Made Easy (5th ed.) Edinburgh, Churchill Livingstone.
- Goldbloom, R (2010) Pediatric Clinical Skills (4th ed.) Edinburgh, Saunders.
- Hay, W., Levin, M.J., Deterding, R.R.& Abzug, M. (2012) Current Pediatric Diagnosis and Treatment (21st ed.) New York; Lange/ McGraw Hill.
- Hoffman, R.J. et al. (2012) Fleisher and Ludwig's 5-Minute Pediatric Emergency Medicine Consult. Philadelphia, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.
- Lissauer, T. & Clayden, G. eds (2011) Illustrated Textbook of Paediatrics (4th ed.) St Louis, Mosby.
- Miall, L., Rudolf, M., Levene, M. (2007) Paediatrics at a Glance. Oxford Butterworth Science.
- NHS Education for Scotland (2006) Core competencies for the care of acutely ill and injured children and young people. Edinburgh: NHS Education for Scotland.
- Selbst, S. & Cronan, K (2012) Pediatric Emergency Medicine Secrets (2nd ed.) Philadelphia, Mosby.
- Snelson, E. (2011) The Essential Clinical Handbook for Common Paediatric Cases. London, BPP Learning Media.
Assessment, Feedback, and Teaching and Learning methods
Full details are available in the programme specification.
Have a question about our entry requirements?
Evidence of prior successful study at underpinning level.
The closing date for applications is 5 working days prior to the module start date or, if this is your first module, 5 working days prior to the induction date.
All students will need to purchase stationery, course books and personal equipment. Extra costs may also be applicable to cover field trips, membership fees etc.
Resources and facilities
We are amongst the UK's leading health departments and are proud of the high level of support we are able to offer to our students. We provide a wide range of high-quality courses supported by expert academic and clinical practice staff. If you join us you will enjoy great facilities and learn alongside caring, committed and experienced professionals. Our employment record is excellent.