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PGDip Advanced Critical Care Practitioner

The aim of the Advanced Critical Care Practitioner programme from University of Birmingham is to develop a new professional able to safely fulfil a proportion of those roles currently only undertaken by medically qualified intensive care trainees in the National Health Service.

Quick Facts

Part-Time Duration: 27 months
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: TBA
Location: Online

This new role is seen to be important in pioneering the shift of work, traditionally done only by doctors, to new, non-medically trained grades of staff. It also addresses the current workforce planning problems in critical care.

This Advanced Critical Care Practitioner programme from University of Birmingham allows students to extend their studies beyond the qualification required for registration (PG Diploma: Advanced Critical Care Practitioner) to an MSc, by satisfactorily completing a dissertation.

Why study this course?

Following on from the success of the Physicians’ Assistant (Anaesthesia) and other non-medical practitioner roles there has been renewed interest in the development of the role of Advanced Critical Care Practitioners (ACCP) from surrounding Trusts.

Courses included:

  • Clinical practice
  • Anaesthesia and intensive care
  • Physics in anaesthesia and intensive care
  • The anaesthesia machine and monitoring, intensive care ventilators
  • The heart and circulation
  • The airways and lungs
  • The kidneys, liver, endocrine system and blood
  • The brain and nervous system

“The transition from undergrad to postgrad can be a big step up in terms of workload and what is expected of you, but there is so much support available to you as a postgrad student, from academic writing support (if you’ve been out of education for a few years or just want a bit of extra help) to mental health and wellbeing services. The careers support is fantastic – the uni puts on employer fairs throughout the year and you have access to one on one support from the Careers Network team, who can help you develop your skills ready for your next step!”

Emma Sutton // PhD Psychology


Registered health care practitioners (eg, nurses, operating department practitioners/Physician Assistants’ (Anaesthesia)) require one or both of the following: At least three years full-time, post-qualification work experience in a relevant area, and evidence of recent (within three years) and successful academic activity. A first degree in a health-related subject.

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