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Deteriorating Patient: Assessment, Recognition and Management is a Course

Deteriorating Patient: Assessment, Recognition and Management

Jan 7 - Feb 12, 2019


Full course description

Course Date:

Jan 7 - Feb 12, 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 her way through the health care system and into education, initially within the clinical setting as a practice development nurse and then moving into higher education, initially specializing in vocational education for the unregistered workforce. Read More.

Since then, Claire has undertaken a number of roles within the Faculty of Health and Social Care, including a three year post as Business Development Manager. Claire now works as a Principal Lecturer in the Faculty, managing the CPD contract across London and spending a considerable amount of time working with our NHS stakeholder organisations on the development of new/bespoke education provision for healthcare workers.

In 2013, Claire and colleagues developed and delivered a new accredited CPD module on the deteriorating patient, which has grown to strength to strength and continues to attract much interest from colleagues in clinical practice. 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.

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