New critical care qualification for nurses and AHPs to be rolled out from September

A new qualification for staff working in Critical Care areas is set to be rolled out later this year. 

Matt Bodell
24 May 2021
Working nurses in the CCU

The qualification is to help nurses who wish to further their careers in critical care areas.

A new qualification for staff working in Critical Care areas is set to be rolled out later this year.

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Formally announced earlier this year, the new qualification will be available to as many as 10,500 nursing staff and allied healthcare professionals working in critical care areas.

The qualification will take between 6 to 12 months to complete and will provide a nationally recognised pathway for a career in Adult Intensive Care Units (ICU).

It will be a “blended learning” training programme meaning that it will offer greater flexibility of access to those who will have to balance commitments.

The aim of the course is to help those who wish to develop their careers whether that is becoming a pod or shift leader, becoming a clinical educator, or leading nursing research.

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Supporting clinical skills.

Health Education England (HEE) has secured £10m funding to deliver this important training.

James McLean, Deputy Chief Nurse, Health Education England said: “I am delighted we are on track to get this much needed training starting later this year.

“This is fantastic news for the NHS and for patients and their families, the pandemic has highlighted just how important critical care is and the need to increase workforce numbers and support the clinical skills required in this field of Nursing care.

“Intensive care units are a key service in hospitals and this new standardised qualification will help to meet the challenge and providing a robust career pathway for staff.”

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