The Critical Care Course @ Leeds Teaching Hospitals
Welcome to the Critical Care Course at Leeds Teaching Hospitals.
This 12 month course is aimed at those working within Critical Care in West Yorkshire and is delivered over two 30 credit modules. The programme focuses upon the underpinning pathophysiology and theory to promote a deeper understanding of critical illness and the role of the Critical Care Nurse in its management. The programme also uses the National Critical Care Competencies to align theory and clinical practice.
This programme supplies a perfect mix of academic study and practical application in the clinical environment, which has benefits to both the practitioner’s professional development and the quality of patient care delivered.
The programme developed by the Greater Manchester Critical Care Skills Institute will be delivered by Leeds Teaching Hospitals in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University.
Established in September 2018, we have welcomed 2 cohorts of students onto the programme each year.
The course can be undertaken at Level 6 or, if the candidate meets the specified criteria, at Level 7 leading respectively to the Certificate in Professional Studies in Critical Care (Level 6) or Postgraduate Certificate in Critical Care (Level 7).
In order to study at Level 7, staff must have a 1st degree or 2:1 degree or have studied at level 7 previously.
Leeds Way Values: The Leeds Way Values are patient centred, fair, collaborative, accountable and empowered.
Since its launch in 2014, The Leeds Way has become embedded in everything we do at LTHT including the Critical Care Course. More information can be found here:
The following admissions criteria apply: Students must:
Be on the NMC register and working in a Critical Care environment (Level 2 / 3)
Have 12 months’ experience within Critical Care
Have successfully completed Step 1 competencies as outlined in the National Critical Care Competency Framework (2015)
Work a minimum number of clinical hours during the course of the programme (18 hours per week)
Be able to demonstrate the ability to study at the chosen academic level
Meet University requirements for English qualification (Grade C in GCSE English Language or equivalent. For international students, equivalent qualifications would be: IELTS of 6.5 in each of the sections of reading, listening and speaking and 6.0 in the section of writing as an alternative to GCSE English Language.
Have approval from line manager
Applications are accepted during a set time period. The application form will be available on this website. If the entry requirements are met, applicants will be invited to an interview.
The focus of the Fundamentals Module is to provide practitioners within critical care with the skills and underpinning knowledge to competently assess, plan, implement and evaluate safe effective care.
The focus of the Advancing Module is to enable advancing practitioners to further develop their skills and underpinning knowledge to enable them to competently assess, plan, implement and evaluate safe effective care.
Where to find us
All taught days will take place at St James University Hospital in the Resuscitation Education Centre, 3rd Floor Chancellor Wing, Beckett Street, LS9 7TF