Critical care medicine is practised in highly charged and stressful settings and requires many decisions to be made quickly with limited information and resources. There are also many 'players' and confusion and miscommunication can easily occur. The hierarchical nature of hospital based practice and tribal differences between professions bring their own challenges. This unit of study aims to help clinicians develop decision making and high level communication skills in order to effectively care for patients, engage carers and relatives and perform optimally as a team member or leader. The unit is built around complex clinical cases and includes simulations using actors and experts.
Online learning and compulsory face to face workshop (1x 2 days)
5 x 300-500 word clinical case study tasks (25%), participation in on-line discussion tasks and quizzes (10%), participation in 2 day face to face communication skills training session (30%), 1 x 1,500-2,000 word written assignment (35%)
Places in this unit are limited and departmental permission is required.