Critical Patient Pathways

The details
Health and Social Care (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Wednesday 03 October 2018
Wednesday 02 October 2019
04 October 2018


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC B740 Nursing (Adult),
BSC B740CO Nursing (Adult),
BSC B742 Nursing (Adult) (Including Year Abroad),
BSC B742CO Nursing (Adult) (Including Year Abroad)

Module description

This module facilitates development of knowledge and skills pertinent to the care of people with acute physical health problems. The importance of accurate assessment and care planning is emphasised together with collaborative working and appropriate referral within a critical patient pathway.

Module aims

No information available.

Module learning outcomes

No information available.

Module information

Students studying for the undergraduate and postgraduate pathways will study this module together. This module guide addresses only the BSc pathway.

Learning and teaching methods

* Catalyst lectures will be delivered on key themes for the module to a mixed group of students * Academic level specific tutorial groups will explore teaching content * Tutorial discussion will be followed by academic level differentiated on-line discussion groups. There will be synchronous discussion between the level 5 student groups at Colchester and Southend campuses with a similar provision for the level 7 students * Moodle – the VLE will contain entry level content which will direct students to either Level 5 or Level 7 directed reading and support activities. There will be open access so Level 7 students primary reading can access the level 5 sections of Moodle and vice versa. * Module outcomes are academic level specific * The assessment strategy involves the same tasks but the level of critical ability required for successful completion will vary dependent on academic level. Mixture of online and classroom based learning with feedback and discussion in groups. The module delivery is largely based on classroom delivery with additional support on Moodle. Learning will be supported by on-line resources to which the student will have access on and off campus. One session per week will be devoted to group tutorials within branch and academic levels. The development of skills alongside the acquisition of knowledge will occur within the workplace. Some practical tutorials will be available.


  • Mayo, Paula. (2017) 'Undertaking an accurate and comprehensive assessment of the acutely ill adult', in Nursing Standard. vol. 32 (8)
  • Smith, Duncan; Bowden, Tracey. (2017) 'Using the ABCDE approach to assess the deteriorating patient', in Nursing Standard. vol. 32 (14)
  • (2010) Nursing the surgical patient, Edinburgh: Baillière Tindall.
  • Clancy, John; McVicar, Andrew J. (2009) Physiology and anatomy for nurses and healthcare practitioners: a homeostatic approach, London: Hodder Arnold.
  • (2016, 2013) Accident & emergency: theory into practice, Edinburgh: Baillière Tindall Elsevier.
  • (2016) Nursing the acutely ill adult: priorities in assessment and management, London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Royal College of Physicians (2012) National Early Warning Score (NEWS) | RCP London, https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/projects/outputs/national-early-warning-score-news
  • (©2018) Macleod's clinical examination, Edinburgh: Elsevier.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Practical Colchester - VIVA 50%
Written Exam Colchester - Exam 50%
Written Exam SOUTHEND - Exam

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Tim Goodchild, Kathryn Burke and other specialist and external clinicians.
Ian Mounteney imount@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Mrs Juliet Amanda Drummond
The University of Wolverhampton
Senior Adult Lecturer
Mrs Juliet Amanda Drummond
The University of Wolverhampton
Senior Adult Lecturer
Available via Moodle
Of 104 hours, 48 (46.2%) hours available to students:
4 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
52 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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