Health CPD modules at University of Brighton


Care of the Acutely Ill Adult

This module is for nurses and allied healthcare professionals working in acute care who regularly assess patients and escalate concerns.  

Module Information

Module Code

NH6126 (level 6) and NH7126 (level 7)


The thread through the module is a structured ABCDE(FGHI) assessment, recognising deterioration and escalating concerns (with reference to NEWS scores and SBAR). Topics covered are respiratory, cardiovascular, abdominal, fluid, and neurological assessments. ABGs, ECGs, NIV, AKI, shock, and sepsis are covered as well as human factors and treatment escalation plans.   

Entry Requirements

Applicants should be working in the UK as a healthcare professional for a minimum of 2 days per week, working in a clinical area with support available from a designated mentor. Applicants at level 7 would normally possess a bachelor degree or equivalent or have evidence of the ability to study at postgraduate level


2,500 word case study (50%), OSCE (50%), and completion of six skills in practice (pass/refer). 

Module Leaders

Lesley White and Kevin Barrett 

Module Dates

2022-23 Semester 2  Falmer Campus, Brighton


  • February 2, 9, 23
  • March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Assessments submission date: Thursday 25th May 2023

OSCE – May 11, 12 2023

2022-23 Semester 3  Falmer Campus, Brighton


  • May 18, 25
  • June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Assessments submission date: Thursday 25th August 2023

OSCE – September 6, 7, 8 2023

2023-24 Semester 1  Falmer Campus, Brighton (dates subject to change)

  • September 21,28
  • October 5,12,19
  • November 2,9,16

OSCE’s – 4th and 5th January 2024

Assessment submission date: 25th January 2024

2023-24 Semester 2  Falmer Campus, Brighton (dates subject to change)

  • February 1,8,22,29
  • March 7,14,21,28

OSCE’s – 9th and 10th May 2024

Assessment submission date: 30th May 2024

2023-24 Semester 3 Falmer Campus, Brighton (dates subject to change)

  • May 16,23,30
  • June 6,13,20,27
  • July 4

OSCE’s – 5th and 6th September 2024

Assessment submission date: 29th August 2024


If you are choosing this module as part of a postgraduate or community course, please contact for specific information on the fee for this module

If you are taking this as a single module or part of the BSc / Grad Cert/ PG Cert Clinical Practice or BSc (Hons) Professional Practice course, the module fee is:

2022-23 £1092

2023-24 £1,122

Further Information 

Please contact for further information about the module

This module can be taken as part of a course including: 

BSc (Hons) Clinical Practice (Acute Care) 

BSc (Hons) Professional Practice 

Graduate Certificate Clinical Practice (Emergency Care) and (Acute Care)  

Postgraduate Certificate Clinical Practice (Acute Care) and (Emergency Care) 

MSc Health / MSc Health and Education / MSc Health and Management 

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