Plymouth intensive care course is the first in the UK to receive prestigious accreditation


A consultant from Plymouth University Hospitals has been appointed clinical director of a course which has become the first of its kind in the UK to receive independent accreditation.

The Advanced Critical Care Practitioner (ACCP) program – which trains nurses and allied health professionals to make advanced clinical decisions for life-threatening patients and to manage critically ill patients – is run by the University of Plymouth and has been accredited by the Faculty of Intensive Medicine (FICM).

FICM, an affiliate of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, has decided to grant accreditation to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) after previously advising on curricula for ACCP programs across the UK.

Rachel Pascoe, head of the ACCP program at Plymouth University, received accreditation.

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She said: “It is fantastic to receive this accreditation, and to be the first in the UK is a real honour. This shows that our education is exactly what is needed to train the critical care workforce of the future.

“An Advanced Critical Care Practitioner may not be a role well recognized by the general public, but their presence in the ICU is essential as they can make informed decisions regarding patient care and management. seriously ill.

“It’s a really challenging but very rewarding program and we are incredibly proud of all the medical professionals who undertake it.”

Many critical care units employ ACCPs and recent critical care society guidelines support that ACCPs have become an integral part of the critical care workforce. The ACCP program teaches and develops advanced skills, involving performing a comprehensive assessment to identify a potential diagnosis, using multiple technical skills to improve the delivery of care, and providing clinical leadership to support hospital staff. intensive care.

The ACCP program is a postgraduate degree, with an optional final year master’s award. Plymouth University trains professionals for the award across the UK, from Hull to Birmingham and Swansea to Bournemouth.

Dr Sam Waddy, Consultant in Acute Medicine and Critical Care at Plymouth NHS Trust University Hospitals and Clinical Director of the programme, added: “It has been a real pleasure to develop this program with the university to provide this career path valuable which is of great interest to patients.

“This has allowed for more secure staffing of many of our units in the South West and beyond, as well as ensuring the career progression of some of our most talented employees. It is great that the program is recognized by FICM accreditation.

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