15 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: Demand for adult emergency care in England continues to rise, placing greater pressure on all emergency services. In addition, there is pressure to reduce in-patient bed capacity and a need for the NHS to make efficiency savings. Ambulatory emergency care focuses on short-stay patients aiming to prevent their admission and/or reduce their length of stay where appropriate. Traditionally the care of most emergency conditions has focused on investigations, diagnosis and treatment as an in-patient. However, there is increasing evidence that many urgent conditions can be managed safely and effectively without admission to hospital. Effective ambulatory care systems have advantages for both patients and NHS care providers and are therefore high up on the political agenda. This module has four main components: 1. Introducing ambulatory emergency care, identifying appropriate conditions and developing pathways (Units 1,2,3) 2. Setting up an ambulatory emergency care facility, staffing and setting measurable outcomes (Units 4,5,6) 3. Financial cost/benefits of developing ambulatory emergency care and maintaining good practice (Units 7,8) 4. 24 hours of clinical placement (we would suggest 3 x 8 hour shifts) in a unit which provides ambulatory emergency care. NOTE: It is your responsibility to arrange the clinical placement in a unit of your choice. All clinical placements must be approved by the module leader (or course director) prior to commencement. Students should submit their choice of clinical placement (including the name of the hospital and the consultant supervisor) to the module leader and course director at least 2 weeks prior to starting.

Staff Contact: Fiona Sampson
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials, Problem solving, Fieldwork, Clinical work, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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