Develop your skills, knowledge and expertise in delivering contemporary advanced paediatric critical care. This course is taught at both the Evelina Children's Hospital and LSBU Southwark Campus.

This course is designed for healthcare professionals working in acute paediatric and critical care environments, including High Dependency Unit and Paediatric Intensive Care Unit and retrieval services. This course will enable the development of advanced skills, knowledge and understanding mapped to FICM ACCP curriculum 2015. The course prepares individuals to move into advanced roles as part of the wider national agenda to modernise the NHS workforce (Health Education England Multiprofessional Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice in England 2017).

This is the only course in the United Kingdom and Europe delivering this level of teaching and training in the clinical setting to this group of trainees in collaboration with London South Bank University. The PgCert is open for international medical and healthcare applicants on a skilled worker visa.

LSBU Nursing & Midwifery graduates are the highest paid amongst all London Modern university graduates, and fifth highest in the UK one year after graduating (DfE LEO data 2022)

The course team at Evelina are experienced intensivists and clinicians with a track record of delivering high-quality postgraduate education.

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Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
ModePart-time Duration3 years Start dateSeptember Application code5809 Application method Direct to LSBU


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Entry Level Requirements

The entry requirements have been set based upon the standard benchmarked by Health Education England (HEE) and the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM). The scope and requirements to fulfil the role of an Advanced Paediatric Critical Care Practitioner includes a high degree of autonomy and complex decision making from the outset. It is necessary that the individual has the scope and ability to meet the demands of the course.

  • Current active professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) or Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) or The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) or The General Medical Council (GMC).
  • To have a minimum of a 2:2 Bachelor Degree and evidence of relevant Post graduate study.
  • Currently working within a Paediatric Critical Care and or retrieval environment for a minimum of 25 hours a week.
  • Have a minimum of 3 years post qualification experience within the Paediatric Critical Care environment and or retrieval environment.
  • Be employed at minimum of Band 6 or equivalent.
  • The applicant must be able to demonstrate that they are supported by their employer and will ensure the following:
    • Close mentorship during clinical and non-clinical working days
    • Supported release of time to facilitate the applicant’s assessment requirements
    • To have identified a suitable Practice Assessor with the relevant specialism and with relevant experience, knowledge, and skills to sign students Assessments in Practice. These can include: the supervising consultants; clinical fellows post ST7 training; Advanced Critical Care Practitioners with a minimum of 5 years of experience; consultants with subspecialty relevant to critical care.
  • Be able to meet the attendance and travel requirements of the course.
  • An identified need for prescribing within a specified field of clinical practice.
  • Employed for and working for a minimum of 25 hours a week.
  • A Practice Educator (PE), Practice Assessor (PA) or Designated Prescribing Practitioner (DPP) willing to act as a clinical facilitator.

Course status

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

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Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.

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Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.

International students

International (non Home) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Home/EU applicants

Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode Part-time Duration 3 years Start date September Application code 5809 Application method Direct to LSBU

Postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

Within your application, please can you include :

  • An official reference letter of support from your employer/ sponsor organisation stating the applicants name and the role they hold within the organisation and that they are working within Paediatric Intensive Care or Paediatric Retrieval setting and are working for a minimum of 25 hours per week.
  • Please have all your qualifications to hand to upload.
  • To have identified the practice assessor, we will need a letter stating the practice assessors name, role, relevant PIN or GMC number and point of contact.

International applicants should use our international application system. Full details can be found on our How to apply section for international

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Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Enrolment pages.

Year 1

  • Foundations in Advanced Paediatric Critical Care (20 credit points) - Delivered by Evelina
    This module is designed to develop the foundations of knowledge, skills and understanding required when assessing the critically unwell child. Conceptualisation and critical thinking skills are developed and linked with in-depth clinical reasoning, to address the presentation, resuscitation, stabilisation and the ongoing management of a critically ill child with specific conditions.
  • Case Management and Prioritisation in Paediatric Critical Care (20 credit points) - Delivered by Evelina
    This module will consolidate an individual’s knowledge and skills in order to apply it to complex paediatric critical care clinical situations. The focus is upon complex clinical reasoning, generation of hypotheses, appropriate differential diagnosis, prioritised decision making and the initiation of relevant treatment plan. This can be applied across the context of Paediatric Intensive Care and Retrieval Medicine. Students must have successfully completed the Foundations in Advanced Paediatric Critical Care module prior to the commencement of this module.
  • Research in Health and Social Care - Delivered by LSBU
    The purpose of this module is to consolidate and extend students' knowledge of research approaches and methods and enhance their ability to be critical users of research evidence and application of research findings to practice.  The module examines philosophical and theoretical perspectives underpinning research in practice. It will build on existing knowledge to build a critical understanding of the research process, research designs, data collection and analysis and knowledge translation. The module will develop practical skills for identifying, critical reviewing and synthesising research evidence relevant to professional practice by gaining an understanding of gaps in evidence and where further research is needed. It will also explore co production in research.

Year 2

  • Consolidating Practice in Paediatric Critical Care - Delivered by Evelina
    The focus of this module is to consolidate previous learning with a particular focus upon the creation of further and extended knowledge relating to clinical skills, complex case management across a wide range of paediatric conditions frequently encountered in the PICU and Retrieval medicine. The students will be equipped with the knowledge to manage critically ill children without direct consultant or other medical supervision, in both the PICU and retrieval setting.
  • Non-Medical Prescribing V300 - Delivered by LSBU
    This module analyses and expands the knowledge required to safely and competently prescribe in clinical practice. It includes a systems approach to clinical presentations across the ages and encourages students to apply common presenting themes to their own area of clinical practice. Accountability, ethics, legal and professional issues relating to prescribing in clinical practice are explored, encouraging the student to reflect on and critically evaluate their own clinical practice. This module covers pharmacology and applied therapeutics related to the pharmacological treatment for common conditions likely to be encountered by the student in clinical practice as independent / supplementary prescriber.

Year 3

Either Route 1

  • Dissertation (60 credit points, taught) - Delivered by LSBU
    This module provides the student with the opportunity to undertake original enquiry in a chosen area of professional practice, either through a systematic review of the literature or a research/work-based project such as service evaluation or audit. Students will be able to consolidate and extend their knowledge and understanding of research and evaluation design and associated methods of enquiry during six taught sessions. They will subsequently be supported by a named supervisor to develop the practical skills necessary to plan and carry out their chosen project. 

Or Route 2

  • Enhancing Practice Through Work Based Learning (20 credit points) - Delivered by LSBU
    The aim of this module it to allow the student to investigate an area of their own choice, relevant to their field of practice. This module is work based learning module, consisting of an agreed plan of learning, negotiated between the student and module coordinator. Learning from this plan is student managed with tutorial support from the module coordinator. The student will develop a negotiated, plan of study and work with agreed outcomes (formulated as a learning contract). The learning that has been negotiated is an agreement to undertake a specific course of action leading to learning and professional development. Learning contracts combine elements of planning, objective setting, and clarifying outcomes, devising criteria and formulating action plans.
  • Examining the Evidence in Portfolios within Advanced Professional Practice (40 credit points) - Jointly delivered by LSBU/Evelina
    This module will enhance and develop further knowledge and skills in relation to evidence synthesis and appraisal which inform evidence-based practice (EBP). The individuals will gain a deep appreciation of how the evidence underpins all aspects of clinical care including the role of shared decision making with patients/clients. The individuals will select one chosen area within a professional portfolio to synthesise, examine and evaluate. They will then present their findings and disseminate via a research poster and make recommendations for future practice.


Employability Service

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

This course enables professionals to integrate their knowledge and skills as an autonomous Paediatric Critical Care Practitioner within retrieval services including taking the role as the retrieval lead.  Students on successful completion of the MSc could continue to undertake further Doctoral PhD study at LSBU.

The impact of having a Paediatric Critical Care Practitioner within the team is evidenced by independent indicators such as the Picanet annual performance indicator which evidences the positive impact an Advanced Paediatric Critical Care Practitioners can make. This course provides a consolidation and completion pathway to enable clinicians to access different routes for career progression which support service delivery reducing length of stay and reducing mortality rates.

This course is a collaborative partnership between Evelina London Children’s Hospital, Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust and LSBU.

We have applied to Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine be considered as a pilot site for accreditation.

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Evelina London is part of Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and is the city's second largest provider of children's services.
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Guy's and St Thomas' is one of the UK's busiest and most successful NHS foundation trusts, with a long history of high quality care, clinical excellence, research and innovation.

Teaching and Assessment

The Evelina collaborative modules intend to be delivered as face-to-face teaching and practical study days with a mixture of lecturer and student- delivered lectures, high fidelity clinical simulation and case-based scenarios and discussion using state of the art facilities.

There will be practical workshops, face to face clinical skills, clinical seminars, and hybrid delivery of onsite and online material. Throughout the year of clinically supervised practice, students will need ongoing consultant evaluation, direction, critique, and support to further develop clinical learning. This will consist of taught study days delivered by both the Evelina and LSBU and will be a mixture of lectures, practical simulation, and tutorials.

The final year will consist of taught study days by both the Evelina and LSBU and consist of a mix of hybrid learning and work-based learning projects and or a dissertation route.

Contact information

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Tel: 0207 815 7500

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Tel: +44 (0) 20 7815 6189

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