Continuing Professional Development

Clinical Care Skills for Registered Nurses


The details
Clinical Care Skills for Registered Nurses
15 credits
Level 7
05 June 2021
Colchester Campus

Are you a registered nurse looking to update your skills in the care of acutely ill patients?

This module will refresh your knowledge and practical skills in light of contemporary evidence and guidelines in the field. In particular you will be updated on the assessment and management of patients who are acutely ill and/or who are at risk of deteriorating.

A range of teaching approaches will be used including simulation in our state of the art ‘hospital ward’, face-to-face lectures, tutorials, directed online learning and reflective writing.

Learning outcomes

After this module you will:

  • Have up-to-date knowledge of fundamental acute care skills.
  • Be more confident in the relevant practical skills fundamental to acute care.
  • Develop a critical awareness of contemporary issues in nursing and healthcare.

Our expert staff

This module was developed and is taught by, Kathryn Burke. Kathryn has practised as a Registered Nurse for over 20 years. She has held a variety of posts in acute medical and community nursing. Kath has a special interest in teaching and assessing clinical skills, particularly relating to the recognition, escalation and management of the deteriorating patient.

Entry Requirements

This module is suitable for nurses with current level 1 or 2 NMC registration in adult nursing, who wish to update knowledge and skills e.g. those wishing to return to acute care environments.


Module Outline

Teaching and learning disclaimer

Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.

The teaching and assessment methods listed show what is currently planned for 2021 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.

The module will be delivered over 6 weeks with attendance required one day per week (weeks 1-4) in combination with asynchronous online, directed learning.

Topics covered include;

  • recognising and escalating the deteriorating patient
  • ABCDE assessment
  • patient safety
  • critical patient pathways e.g. management of sepsis and shock.

Assessment strategy

A 1 hour unseen examination assessing the student’s knowledge of acute care nursing, and a personal portfolio containing; - An analysis of personal learning needs. - Four written personal reflections on skills development with reference to an appropriate evidence base (minimum word count 400 words each). - Evidence of contribution to and reflection on online learning. - Certification of completion of online mandatory learning.

Fees and funding

Our CPD Funding page has more information on fees for our modules and potential funding sources.

What's next

We have guidance on making your application and the forms to download on our how to apply page.

Get in touch

If you require further details about this module, including future course dates, please email