Postgraduate Diploma in Acute Medicine (Online Delivery)

The online Diploma in Acute Medicine gives you the opportunity to help shape the future of this rapidly evolving multi-disciplinary specialty. There’s an increasing demand for consultants in acute medicine so job prospects are excellent.

Run in partnership with Diploma MSc, this is a theoretical course that aims to supplement the education of existing healthcare professionals, as opposed to a practical course in acute medicine. You will develop a systematic understanding of evidence-based, protocol-delivered practice, which is crucial in optimising acute care.

You will also learn how to use relevant methodologies and approaches to address complex issues of patient management across the spectrum of medical specialties that comprise acute medicine, and the ability to critically evaluate evidence and implement best practice in complex scenarios.

Study Mode
2019
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Year March On Line 8
Part-time 1 Year September On Line 8
Study Mode
2020
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Year March On Line 8
Part-time 1 Year September On Line 8

You’ll study online for one calendar year. You’ll study six modules, each over six weeks:

Respiratory and Cardiovascular Emergencies

Module aims: To use relevant understanding, methodologies and approaches to address complex cases, applying guideline and evidence based care in the management of acutely ill patients presenting with cardio-respiratory conditions.

Module content: Guideline directed approach to the management of the patient with acute respiratory and cardiovascular disease to include management of severe hypertension, acute heart failure, acute coronary syndrome, arrhythmias, thromboembolic disease, acute exacerbations of chronic respiratory disease, pneumonia, pneumothorax, pleural effusions, acute asthma, respiratory failure and cardiac arrest.

On completion of the module you will be able to:

  • Use relevant understanding, methodologies and approaches for the diagnosis and management of patients presenting with acute respiratory and cardiovascular conditions
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply evidence based practice in acute cardiovascular and respiratory scenarios
  • Appraise, reflect upon, and create ways forward in the management of patients presenting with acute cardio-respiratory conditions within the multi-disciplinary team

Diabetes and Endocrine Emergencies

Module aims: To develop an ability to manage complex cases presenting with a variety of acute diabetic and endocrine conditions, applying guideline and evidence based care in the management of acutely ill patients.

Module content: The management of the patient presenting with acute diabetic and endocrine disease including diabetic ketoacidosis, hypoglycaemia, hyperosmolar non-ketosis, acute hypercalcaemia, thyrotoxicosis, hypocalcaemia and adrenal crisis.

On completion of the module you will be able to:

  • Use relevant understanding, methodologies and approaches for the diagnosis and management strategy employed in the treatment of patients presenting with acute endocrine conditions
  • Critically analyse, interpret and evaluate evidence and guidance based strategies in the management of the acutely unwell patient with diabetes related conditions

Gastroenterological Emergencies

Module aims: To reformulate and use relevant understanding, methodologies and approaches to assess and manage complex cases, applying guideline and evidence based care in the management of acutely ill patients presenting with gastrointestinal conditions.

Module content: The management of the patient presenting with acute gastrointestinal (GI) illness including upper GI haemorrhage, acute abdominal pain, intractable vomiting, inflammatory bowel disease, GI infections including dysentery and gastroenteritis together with the acute management of GI malignancy. Also managing acute liver disease, hepatic encephalopathy and cirrhosis.

On completion of the module you will be able to:

  • Use relevant understanding, methodologies and approaches for the diagnostic synthesis and management strategy employed in the treatment of patients presenting with acute gastrointestinal (GI) conditions
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply evidence based practice and guideline based treatment in acute GI disorders

Acute Presentations with Infection and Sepsis

Module aims: To apply guideline and evidence based care in the management of acutely ill patients, facilitating the critical evaluation of actions, methods and results used in the management of acute infections.

Module summary: The management of patients presenting with acute bacterial, viral and fungal infection relating to all organ systems; management, investigation and diagnosis of sepsis and bacteraemia; and management of the immune compromised individual in relation to infection.

On completion of the module you will be able to:

  • Use relevant understanding, methodologies and approaches for the diagnosis and management strategy employed in the treatment of patients presenting with acute infections
  • Critically analyse, interpret and evaluate the presentation, cause and management of the immune-compromised patient in the acute medical setting
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply evidence based practice and guideline based treatment with acute infections/sepsis

Acute Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Module aims: To develop a critical understanding of the assessment and management of acute neurological disorders and stroke, applying guideline and evidence based care in the management of acute neurological disorders and stroke.

Module summary: This module intends to cover the diagnosis and management of patients presenting with acute neurological disorders such as acute stroke, epilepsy, cerebral infections, cerebral haemorrhage/haematomas, venous sinus thrombosis, presentations with acute cerebral malignancy, dystonias, ataxias, acute neuronopathies/neuropathies and raised intracranial pressure.

On completion of the module you will be able to:

  • Use relevant understanding, methodologies and approaches for the diagnosis and management strategy employed in the investigation and treatment of patients presenting with acute neurological disorders
    Demonstrate a critical understanding of evidence-based practice and guideline based treatment in neurological disorders including stroke medicine

Acute Renal, Metabolic and Toxicological Emergencies

Module aims: To develop a critical understanding of the assessment and management of acute kidney, metabolic and toxicological disorders and apply guideline and evidence based care.

Module content: The management of toxicological emergencies such as overdose both accidental and non-accidental, acute drug reactions and anaphylaxis. The module will also cover the presentation of the patient with metabolic and renal issues to include acute kidney injury, acid-base disorders, hyperkalaemia and acute hyponatraemia. It will also touch upon the implementation of renal replacement therapy including dialysis.

On completion of the module you will be able to:

  • Use relevant understanding, methodologies and approaches for the diagnostic synthesis and management strategy employed in the investigation and treatment of patients presenting with acute kidney disorders
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the assessment and management of overdose and acute metabolic disturbance
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply evidence based practice and guideline based treatment in renal, metabolic and toxicological disorders

Teaching

Although you’ll be learning online you will be part of a group with 10 to 15 other students. Your self-directed distance learning will be guided by tutor-stimulated discussion based on clinically rich case scenarios.

You’ll do a combination of individual and group projects, and you’ll have a reflective practice portfolio to help you consider how what you’re learning on the course can be translated into everyday work and practice.

You’ll have the support of a dedicated team who will help you with any challenges you may face - from help with navigating our online learning platform to advice on what you need to do to pass the course and meet deadlines.

You’ll be invited to an induction day at USW here you will meet tutors and have workshops on study skills such as scientific writing, levels of evidence, Harvard referencing and reflective writing. It is not compulsory to attend but if you would like to and don't live locally, you can take part online.

Assessment

The acute medicine course puts assessment at the heart of learning by using clinical scenarios to facilitate problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. The scenarios act as both the focus for learning and assessment, embedding assessment within the learning process.

Each of the six modules has the same assessment format:

  • Clinical case scenarios with case based discussion - 40%
  • Individual learning portfolio - 10%
  • Group/individual activity - 20%
  • Case based examination - 30%

You will be assigned a dedicated expert tutor who will facilitate clinical case discussions with the group and monitor, assess and mark your work throughout each module.

Due to the online nature of the course, you will be expected to login and participate in the course regularly throughout the module, ideally on a daily basis.

Lecturers

Dr Anil Kumar Pura Narayanaswamy, course director and clinical director for acute medicine at University Hospital of Wales and sepsis lead for acute medicine.

Dr Narayanaswam is an accredited educational supervisor for postgraduate trainees including CMT training course rated in the top 5 in GMC survey in the U and manages in-house PACES teaching for CMT trainees.

Dr Emily Steggall qualified as a doctor in 1998. Following qualification, Emily trained as a GP and worked in primary care in East London, before going on to complete specialist training in Public Health. Emily has worked at consultant level in Public Health in NHS, Local Authority and Civil Service organisations and continues to work as a contractor for Public Health England, leading work on cancer data linkage.

International Entry Requirements

The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees


  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees


  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

Apply directly to the University for this course.

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