Advanced Emergency Care

Learning Beyond Registration

30 credits at M level 7

This module is designed to enable practitioners to develop the skills to lead teams in the resuscitation room and manage cases which require knowledge and skills that the College of Emergency Medicine (CEM) curriculum recommends should be acquired during higher specialist training.

They will also be introduced to the skills and knowledge required to critically analyse audits, adverse events and new evidence, and synthesise these into action plans intended to improve clinical care. The key skills include comprehensive patient assessment skills, clinical diagnostics and reasoning, clinical decision making and the planning and communication of treatment plans.

The emergency department is a challenging clinical environment and practitioners need to acquire the skills to manage complex clinical cases and clinical teams against a backdrop of evolving clinical guidelines, advances in medical technology, changing patient demographics and increasing patient expectations. In order to meet these challenges practitioners need to develop the skills to guide themselves and their colleagues across this ever changing landscape.

Outline Syllabus

  • Diagnosis and decision making in the Emergency Department
  • Leading complex care in the resuscitation space of the Emergency Department
  • Advanced in technology in the context of patient care in emergency care
    Patient demographics in relation to the Emergency Department (a national and local analysis)
  • Development and implementation of a clinical audit strategy in the emergency department and the application of audit findings
  • College of Emergency Medicine (CEM) case based descriptors and outcomes:
    • Record keeping
    • Review of investigations
    • Diagnosis
    • Treatment
    • Planning for subsequent care
    • Clinical reasoning
    • Patient safety issues
    • Overall clinical care

Learning, Teaching and Assessment

This module will utilise a blended learning approach with classroom-based lectures by a range of clinical specialists, workshops and simulation of the practice setting.

Assessment Strategy/Methods

The assessment of learners will include a theoretical and practical examination of their knowledge and skills. The assessment will be in three parts (A, B & C):

Part A
Ninety (90) hours of supervised practice in the student's own clinical area. The ninety hours of practice are consolidated with the submission of a clinical portfolio containing a critical analysis of a minimum of ten (10) patient episodes which have been undertaken by the student in practice.

Part B
A practical Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) using clinical simulation assessment OSCE stations that are themed around common pathophysiology and disease processes.

Part C
An unseen multiple choice written examination in the in the context of diagnostics, clinical reasoning and decision making in acute emergency care.


Applicants should possess a first degree (or equivalent ie diploma and relevant level 6 or 7 module credits/experience) in a science-related subject and have a minimum of 3 years’ experience as a practising health professional within a relevant field of health care. This module is for practitioners with significant experience of, and currently working in an emergency care setting and would not be suitable for newly qualified staff members or those new to emergency care.

The module credit value is 30 level 7 within the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice curriculum.

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