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Deteriorating Patient: Assessment, Recognition and Management is a Course

Deteriorating Patient: Assessment, Recognition and Management

Ended Feb 11, 2019

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Full course description

Course Date:

Jan 7 - Feb 11, 2019


6 weeks


2-3 hrs/week



Course Type:





This course is aimed at health care workers in the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK who need to understand how to recognise and intervene with a patient whose physical condition deteriorates. There is an expectation that course participants will have an understanding of how health and social care is delivered in the UK, and a reasonable knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of the various workers found in NHS and social care settings.

However, the material in this course will also be useful for health care workers in other countries, as well as service users and careers. In order to meet the needs of this potentially wide range of participants, the materials are organised into “universal” and “advanced” levels. The learning and teaching materials are supported by a drama that unfolds over six episodes, and follows the journey of Mr. Gary Mitchell as he becomes ill but goes on to recover.

There is no cost for undertaking this course, or for accessing any of the information on the site, or linked to from the site. At the end of the course you can print out a certificate to show you have attended the course. If you require a validated London South Bank University certificate sent to your home or work address, then there will be a small fee, and you can find details about this in the course materials.


By the end of the MOOC, it is expected that students will:

  • Gain an understanding of the assessment tools used for recognising, caring for and managing the adult patient who is deteriorating.
  • Develop a wider knowledge and understanding of key skills required to enable health care providers care for the adult patient who is deteriorating.
  • Appraise their own skills and knowledge base in caring for an adult patient who may deteriorate.

Target Audience: Health care workers in the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK who need to understand how to recognise and intervene with a patient whose physical condition deteriorates.

Course is offered by London South Bank University.

Course Instructors

Claire Nadaf

Claire Nadaf

Principal Lecturer

Claire has been a Registered Nurse since 1994, working in a number of clinical roles and eventually moving into clinical education where she confirmed her desire to train and educate nurses and healthcare professionals. Read More.

In 2001, Claire moved into a University Role initially specializing in vocational education for the unregistered workforce. Since this, Claire has undertaken a number of academic and business focused roles in Health and Social Care. Claire currently works at Bournemouth University in Dorset, managing the CPD portfolio. Alongside this, Claire is mid-way through completing her Doctorate at London South Bank University with a thesis focused on Nurse’s use of the National Early Warning Score in recognition of adult patient deterioration.

Claire has been engaged in the deteriorating patient field since 2013 when her and Sue recognised the need for more education and training around recognition of deterioration for nurses working in the acute clinical area. They developed and delivered a new accredited CPD module on the deteriorating patient, which has grown to strength to strength and has demonstrated improvements in early recognition and Peri-arrest calls. This module forms the basis for the development of this MOOC, with contributors for the module also providing valuable content for this MOOC.

Susan Maddex

Susan Maddex

Course Director

Susan is a Senior Lecturer at London South Bank University and a Registered General Nurse. Her interests lie in Accident and Emergency and Critical Care nursing. She is passionate in enabling students to advance their skills in recognising and managing the patient who is deteriorating, thus improving patient care.