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Advanced Critical Care Practitioner

27 months
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The aim of the Advanced Critical Care Practitioner programme from University of Birmingham is to develop a new professional able to safely fulfil a proportion of those roles currently only undertaken by medically qualified intensive care trainees in the National Health Service.


This new role is seen to be important in pioneering the shift of work, traditionally done only by doctors, to new, non-medically trained grades of staff. It also addresses the current workforce planning problems in critical care.

This Advanced Critical Care Practitioner programme from University of Birmingham allows students to extend their studies beyond the qualification required for registration (PG Diploma: Advanced Critical Care Practitioner) to an MSc, by satisfactorily completing a dissertation.

Why study this course?

Following on from the success of the Physicians’ Assistant (Anaesthesia) and other non-medical practitioner roles there has been renewed interest in the development of the role of Advanced Critical Care Practitioners (ACCP)  from surrounding Trusts.  

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Clinical practice 
  • Anaesthesia and intensive care
  • Physics in anaesthesia and intensive care
  • The anaesthesia machine and monitoring, intensive care ventilators
  • The heart and circulation
  • The airways and lungs
  • The kidneys, liver, endocrine system and blood
  • The brain and nervous system

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 27 months

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Registered health care practitioners (eg, nurses, operating department practitioners/Physician Assistants’ (Anaesthesia)) require one or both of the following: At least three years full-time, post-qualification work experience in a relevant area, and evidence of recent (within three years) and successful academic activity.  A first degree in a health-related subject.

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Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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