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Sheffield Hallam University: Acute Care of the Child and Their Family

Institution Sheffield Hallam University
Department College of Health Wellbeing and Life Sciences
Telephone (+44) 0114 225 5533
Study type Taught


Please note that the information provided relates to the current academic year and is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University. Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information.

Course summary

  • Gain the skills you need to assess acute and critical illness in children.

  • Learn supportive, evidence-based and sensitive care techniques.

  • Tailor the course to your career, working from your existing clinical position.

  • Engage with a range of critical perspectives and research, and develop your own reasoning.

On this distance learning course, you’ll gain the specialist skills and expertise you need to care for acutely and critically unwell children, and support their families. You’ll study everything from disease processes to ethical issues, alongside a dynamic student and academic community. You’ll graduate with enhanced employability and specialist skills.

How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

On this course, you’ll join a vibrant online community, and benefit from range of study approaches not only based on performance, but on learning methods and personal development. Your existing role will inform your study, and vice versa.

You learn through the Virtual Learning Environment. All modules have accompanying Blackboard (Bb) sites that are accessible 24/7, via a PC, laptop, mobile device or tablet.

You learn through

  • online learning materials

  • discussion boards

  • e-activies (including online quizzes) for you to self-assess youyr learning

  • online group activities

  • webinars

Applied learning

Work placements

Within your current clinical setting you will use the knowledge and skills that you have developed to inform your practice. There is no assessment of clinical practice however you are encouraged to use a Skills Passport to record and reflect on what you have learned and performed in clinical practice.

Live projects

You will have the opportunity to focus on primary research, service evaluation or a critical literature review relevant to your area of practice. The course team strongly believe that learning and assessment activities should develop skills that can be applied in professional practice.

A key example of this is the design of the dissertation module where, as well as the option of a traditional thesis, you can build on the dissertation report to construct an article suitable for publication in a refereed journal.

Networking opportunities

Through your online community, you will have to opportunity to network with likeminded healthcare professionals.


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