(Short Course) Emergency Department Continuing Professional Development

Course details

  • Duration 6 weeks
  • Location Blended Learning
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Why choose this course?

A must for all nursing staff in Emergency and Urgent Care Practice, this course has been developed in partnership with senior staff from the Local Health Board to support your CPD.

  • The course aims to give confidence in decision making, delegation and communication as we explore clinical reasoning and differential diagnosis in the acute patient.

Key course features

  • Taught sessions are each followed by a short online quiz.
  • As you progress through the weeks, the total score from each is added together to give a final mark for the module. This means that your learning is tested in real time and there isn’t one big test at the end of the module.
  • Sessions will be recorded to aid revision of material and you will have support of the module tutor throughout.
  • Senior staff from the Local Health Board will facilitate your learning with scenarios taken from practice.

What you will study

Over the six taught weeks you will utilise case studies and problem solving skills to apply the following areas to practice:

  • Sepsis
  • Identification of the deteriorating patient in the ED (physical and mental health)
  • Confident decision making, autonomy and empowerment
  • Clinical Reasoning and differential diagnosis in the ED
  • Emotional intelligence and its impact on decision making
  • Communication and delegation

Entry requirements & applying

No previous level six study is required, but to apply, you must be a registered professional working in ED or Minor Injuries.

Teaching & Assessment

Students will attend this blended learning module in class and online which may be synchronous and asynchronous.

Flexibility of the teaching delivery is vital to enable as many students to access the sessions as possible. Teaching sessions will be supported by seminars for the various staff attending from band 5-7 in order to explore concepts relevant to their level of practice. Flipped classroom and problem based learning strategies will be employed to explore some of the more challenging concepts, whilst group work and group challenges will explore decision making and critical reasoning skills.

Students will undertake a Moodle quiz which will be administered in six parts over the six taught weeks. Students will need to either attend the sessions or view the recordings in order to pass the attendance requirement.

In addition to the six two-hour taught sessions, students should expect to undertake directed study for a minimum of two hours a week to supplement the taught sessions. Students will also need to read around the topic areas in order to contribute to the seminars.

Fees & funding


Course dates

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