Key Facts

Module Title: Paediatric Respiratory Medicine: Non-Invasive and Long-Term Ventilation
Mode of Study:This module can be taken independently or as part of the Masters in Medical Science
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Faculty: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
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This highly practical module will provide the learner with the knowledge base required to ensure that patients receive the right non-invasive ventilation or technology assistance at the right time. 
Aimed at all healthcare professionals it will be particularly valuable to those working in an HDU environment. Delivered by acknowledged national and international experts in the field of NIV for children it will enable the participants to provide optimal technology-assisted care for children with acute or chronic respiratory failure.
The module content develops the students’ knowledge of the diagnosis and management of respiratory failure states including developing critical thinking concerning the management of children with neurodisability or those with technology dependency.
The student will be encouraged to develop a reflective approach to the literature and patient narrative.

This module requires previous training/ clinical experience within a relevant health profession e.g. paediatrics/primary care. Students do not need to be in current clinical practice. Eligibility for registration onto the module is at the discretion of the module leader.

Guided independent study:

Participants will be guided through the important literature and asked to focus on literature which offers practical advice for management: 60 hours

Reflection on learning: 2 hours


Preparation of Case Study: 36 hours

Preparation of Essay including revisions as required in response to feedback: 36 hours

Lectures: 8 hours (1 full day)

Workshops: 8 hours (1 full day)

Assessment 1
Case Study (maximum 2000 words)
Respiratory failure: this child needs help.
A case report of a child and family following the patient journey through the healthcare system focusing on patient experience, diagnosis, multidisciplinary management, morbidity and outcome.
The report should focus on a child with respiratory failure who subsequently goes on to require ventilatory support either mechanical, non-invasive or both.
Assessed skills will include, evaluation of the underpinning principles and methods used for diagnosis and management of respiratory insufficiency, justification of decision making in the application of different treatment modalities used for treatment e.g. inadequate swallow, inadequate cough, diagnosis and management of sleep disordered breathing, diurnal respiratory failure, NIV as a weaning tool following invasive ventilation. 
Assessment 2
Essay (maximum 2000 words)
Ethical and practical considerations of technology assisted living during childhood.
An essay describing the clinical indications and ethical considerations required to make a robust and informed decision about initiation and/or continuation of technology assisted living. This will include background information on type of treatment and justification of clinical need, outcomes of trial data in relation to health service budgetary constraints.