Module code: HCRM002

Module Overview

This module will develop healthcare professionals knowledge and critical understanding for managing the acutely ill patients across the lifespan autonomously within the workplace. The module will enable healthcare practitioners to apply their learning to patients within their area of practice and develop a deep and systematic understanding of integrated care and inter-professional working in managing acute illness.

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

WISEMAN Allison (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: B771

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

                                            The students should be working within an environment that manages patients with acute health needs Students will require evidence of having studied patient assessment such as the level 6 or 7 Health Assessment module or equivalent

Module content

 · Optional sessions: disease or system specific areas of practice such as diabetes, cancer, respiratory or neurological; how this can precipitate acute illness, and the appropriate management strategies

Core sessions: collaborative management planning with patients and or carers, frameworks for responding to acute illnesss, effectivie communication to ensure inter-professional working and intergrated care, managing patient safetyIndicative content

  • frameworks for responding to acute illness,

  • Pathophysiology of health and illness in acute care

  • collaborative management planning with patients and or carers,

  • effectivie communication to ensure inter-professional working and intergrated care, managing patient safety

  • disease or system specific areas of practice such as

  • respiratory

  • Cardiac

  • Neuro

  • Endocrine

  • Renal

  • Sepsis       

  • Policy drivers for safer care

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation 20 minute PowerPoint presentation of an anonymised patient case study 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy


The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate collaborative management planning within acute illness, with rationale for decisions made, and communicate clearly and concisely to colleagues.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

A 20 minute PowerPoint presentation (filmed) to two assessors and a small group of peers of an anonymised patient case study covering the complex management of a patient with acute illness.

  • Students will demonstrate a systematic and comprehensive understanding of current problems, new insights and their accountability for their decisions

  • The student will answer questions from peers and assessors.

  • The student will submit the presentation slides with the supporting evidence base.

  • The presentation will receive a graded mark with summative feedback.

Formative assessment

· A presentation to peers of complex management strategies for a patient with an acute illness. The presentation should cover a brief overview of the physiological processes causing the acute illness and the student’s rationale and accoutnability for patient management. The individual presentation will be conducted in groups of 5-6 students, last 20 minutes and allow an opportunity for peer questions and peer feedback.


Feedback will be provided verbally at formative point and in written form following summative assessment.

Module aims

  • Person enable healthcare professionals to respond critically and competently to the needs of the acutely ill
  • Enable complex & creative evidenced based management decisions within context of students area of practice
  • Enhance students inter-professional communication and collaboration skills
  • Effectively & competently respond to the needs of the acutely ill person

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate systematic and comprehensive knowledge and understanding of physiological processes of acute illness and how they impact on patient management KP
002 Demonstrate critical understanding of the accountability associated with managing the acutely ill patient in a safe and effective manner CP
003 Demonstrate substantial knowledge and the innovative application of the evidence base supporting their acutely ill patient management decisions, within the context of the students area of practice CPT
004 Critically evaluate the effective communication skills required for managing the acutely ill patient and their family/significant others within the inter-professional team PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Methods of Teaching / Learning


The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Enable the student to critically integrate theoretical and evidence-based knowledge and skills when managing a patient with an acute illness.

The learning and teaching methods include:

· Online content

· Facilitated seminars

· Peer group discussions

· Practice presentations

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list


Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.