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Recognition and Management of the Acutely Unwell Adult Module (RAM)

January 2022 module is now full and closed to further applications

This highly desirable and reputable module is predominantly aimed at Trainee Advanced Nurse Practitioners (tANPs) and ANPs working in acute care settings who manage acutely unwell patients. Priority for places is given to tANPs. This is a double module accredited by Glasgow Caledonian University and forms part of the MSc Nursing: Advancing Professional Practice. The module can also be undertaken as a stand-alone CPD module.  


 The aim of the module is to equip practitioner’s with the knowledge and skills, to assess, diagnose and clinically manage acutely unwell and deteriorating patients. Contemporary teaching and learning strategies are employed, including problem based learning scenarios, additional tutorials and clinical simulation which contribute to a modern blended approach which is led by clinical experts.


Formal assessment is by:

  • Academic written examination
  • Assessment in simulated clinical scenarios
  • OSCEs
  • Completion of Competencies

Academic Level

The module is offered at  SCQF level 11 (masters) – MMB721734BC

Students who successfully complete this module will gain 30 credits at masters  level (SCQF level 11).


The module runs over a 5-month period, on a day release basis and requires approximately 11 days of study (including 2 day Impact and 2 days at Simulator ) which are spread between January -May. Teaching usually takes place one afternoon per week at Glasgow Royal Infirmary


Essential prerequisites for students to be considered for a place on this module include the following;

  • Normally 6 years post registration qualification
  • Advanced Life Support (ALS) qualification
  • Clinical assessment skills (e.g. cardiovascular, neurological and respiratory assessment skills). Applicants should ensure evidence of these skills within their application and CV
  • Venepuncture & cannulation
  • Independent Prescribing (not essential but preferable)
  • An undergraduate degree (usually at honours level for masters)

Course Medical Director

Dr Drew Smith, Consultant Anaesthetist, Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

Module Co-ordinator

Dr Mark Cooper, Consultant Nurse – Advanced Practice, NHSGGC

Module fee

The cost of the module for 2023 is TBC

Application form complete and email

NHSGGC Specific

Applicants from NHSGGC will also need to complete a Study Leave 2 form and submit this through their line manager. 

Please note that training for Advanced Practice should be signed and authorised by the appropriate Chief Nurse for your sector/directorate. ANP trainees should ensure completed SL2s are forwarded to