Cardiac Care PG Cert


In Chelmsford and Cambridge

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  • Duration

    1 Year

As an experienced graduate healthcare practitioner, you can expand and build on your cardiac care knowledge with this flexible postgraduate certificate. Developing your knowledge of research and evidence-based care, it’ll enhance your career opportunities for specialist practitioner roles in the cardiac care environment.

With coronary heart disease still the biggest cause of death in the UK, our specialist postgraduate certificate will be a valuable addition to your professional toolkit. It’ll boost your career development within a multi-disciplinary team environment, supporting people with acute and chronic cardiac disorders. For such patients and their families an integrated approach is required, and is part of the National Service Framework for Coronary Heart Disease (Department of Health 2008). Our course will expand your knowledge of research and evidence-based care as well as develop your specialist practitioner role, with the focus on prevention, behaviour changes, education and appropriate management. It’s equally suitable whether your current role is within a coronary care unit, medical or surgical cardiac ward, investigational units or critical care areas.



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Cambridge (Cambridgeshire )
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Cambridge Campus, East Road, CB1 1PT

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Chelmsford (Essex)
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Bishop Hall Lane, CM 1sS

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About this course

You’ll already be a practising health professional with a nursing qualification. Our course allows you to build your CPD as well as enhance your range of professional skills. Specialist qualifications are looked upon positively by employers, especially if you’re looking for future roles specifically in cardiac and closely related departments. On completion of this course you can go on to study our MSc in Adult Critical Care Nursing.

Applicants should be graduates in Nursing with a minimum 2:2 classification and 2 years clinical experience in cardiac care. Applicants who do not meet this criteria may be considered at the discretion of the Course Leader.
If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 ( Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

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  • Rehabilitation
  • Cardiology
  • Management
  • Carer
  • Healthcare
  • Medical
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Critical Care
  • Doctor
  • Heart Surgeon
  • Medical Education
  • Medical training
  • Surgeons General
  • Team Training
  • IT Development
  • IT Management
  • Cardiac Care
  • Cardiac Disorders
  • Cardiac Patients

Course programme

Core modules
  • Cardiac CareThis module provides you with the opportunity to explore and develop the knowledge and skills required to meet the diverse acute and chronic needs of cardiac patients, their families or carers. It will focuses on the assessment, monitoring, and management of cardiac disorders. It's suitable for graduate practitioners working in areas such as coronary care units, both medical and surgical cardiac wards, investigational units and critical care areas. In order to receive care that is effective and of high quality the patient with a cardiac disorder is dependent upon practitioners being skilled in the recognition of arrhythmia and the analysis of 12 lead ECGs. This module is a theory/practice module in which you will learn both in the classroom and in the practice area. Learning and teaching methods in the classroom will include a variety of methods such as lectures, seminars, group work, etc. Learning and teaching in clinical practice will be under the supervision of an experienced practitioner and qualified mentor within your own clinical area.
  • Cardiac RehabilitationCardiac rehabilitation is the process by which patients with cardiac disease are encouraged and supported by a multi-disciplinary team of healthcare professionals to achieve and maintain optimal physical and psychosocial health. Research has shown that comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation reduces deaths and improves quality of life for people with heart disease. Other benefits include a reduction in recurrent myocardial infarction and unplanned costly readmissions to hospital. The emphasis now, is moving towards early cardiac rehabilitation, beginning within two weeks of discharge or diagnosis. Starting rehabilitation early has been shown to be effective in improving adherence and patient uptake. The delivery of these elements requires health care practitioners to have the necessary knowledge and skills in order to effectively and efficiently to those individuals. Investment in the delivery of existing cardiac rehabilitation programmes will enable opportunities for growth and development within this area of cardiovascular health and wellbeing.
Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change.Assessment

There are two modules which make up this postgraduate certificate. For the cardiac care module you’ll be assessed from both a theoretical and practical perspective, through a 4,000 word assignment and an oral assessment (Viva). You’ll also be assessed in your practice through your achievement of clinical competencies at expert level.

The second module, cardiac rehabilitation, is assessed through an assignment of 3,000 words.

Additional information

Course fees:

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year part time) £2,367

Cardiac Care PG Cert

Price on request