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.