Advancing Acute Care Delivery

The Advancing Acute Care Delivery (AACD) course is delivered by the Clinical Education team in conjunction with clinical experts from practice.  The course was developed in response to the need to recognise and treat deterioration in the acute patient similar to the Acute Illness Management (AIM) course, but AACD will go into much more detail and expand the underpinning knowledge.

During the course you will attend sessions on subjects such as Airway assessment and Sepsis awareness and interactive sessions like Speed Geeking.

Speed Geeking at the Health Academy

Course Overview
The Advancing Acute Care Delivery course is an eleven week course delivered over 12 weeks. Its focus is assessment, treatment planning and implementation of care in the deteriorating patient. It aims to use your knowledge base as a springboard to improve your assessment skills, management planning and implementation skills.

  1. Health policy; this session will focus on the development and utilisation of health policy over the years and how it impacts on us as a National Health Service, Trust and individual.
  2. Airway & Respiratory assessment and management; this session will focus on airway assessment strategies and what treatments we can implement to resolve airway issues and improve the respiratory state of the acutely unwell patient.
  3. Cardiovascular assessment & management and ECG rhythm interpretation; this session will focus on the importance of objective non-invasive and invasive cardiovascular measurements and accurate interpretation. It will also look at rhythm recognition in the 3 lead ECG
  4. Sepsis, shock and fluids; this session will focus on the importance of accurate diagnosis and swift treatment of sepsis and then examine the different types of shock and fluid resuscitation.
  5. Neurological assessment & organ donation and bereavement care; this session will examine the importance of neurological assessment and treatment modalities. Then it will look at the importance of organ donation and our role in it and then continue to explore the need for high quality bereavement care.
  6. Acute Kidney Injury & Acid Base Balance; this session will examine monitoring, diagnosis and treatment of AKI and the importance of accurate interpretation in arterial blood gases.
  7. Tracheostomy management and Trauma; this session will explore the importance of accurate and exacting airway assessment strategies in tracheostomy care. It will also look at trauma care in the trust and how we can be influential in the very early stages.
  8. Transfer; this session will look at transfer theory and will also include a practical aspect too.
  9. Rehabilitation after acute illness; this session will focus on the importance of early rehabilitation and physiotherapy in ensuring a positive outcome for our patients.
  10. Speed Geeking; this session is a mix of learning styles. It will include short, information giving spots by experts to small groups. You will then be expected to utilise this information to put together a presentation for delivery later that day.
  11. Assessment and evaluation day; this will be the final day and you will complete your MCQ and OSCE.

Assessment of the course will be by a multiple choice questionnaire, completion of the deteriorating acutely ill adult competency, Objective Structured and Clinical Exam (OSCE) and either a reflective essay or the implementation of a small project in your clinical area.