New medical course to improve critical care

Critical care techniques being practised on a medical dummyA new postgraduate diploma, which aims to educate and train Advanced Critical Care Practitioners, is to be launched at Staffordshire University at the end of the month.

The PG Diploma in Advanced Critical Care Practice is designed to equip its students to deliver advanced critical care skills to patients with life threatening conditions.

As outlined by the Department of Health, practitioners will gain valuable skills in non-medical prescribing, physical assessment, advanced critical care practice skills including invasive techniques, as well as skills in diagnostics.

Christine Raper, Programme Area Manager for Lifelong Learning at Staffs Uni, said: “This course is an excellent opportunity for NHS Trusts to further develop their experienced critical care staff in delivering skills that have traditionally been the preserve of the medical profession and will help to enhance the care that can be given to critically ill patients, by increasing the skill level of the critical care multidisciplinary team”. 

The new course has been designed and will be delivered by Staffordshire University in collaboration with Keele University and is funded by the West Midlands Strategic Health Authority.

To apply for the course, practitioners must produce written support from their employer and have a consultant in intensive care medicine to act as their clinical supervisor and assessor.

For more information or an application pack, contact the Lifelong Learning Team at Staffs Uni on 01785 353766 or email