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RAM Module

RAM Module

Recognition and Management of the Acutely Unwell Adult

NHS Education for Scotland facilitated a joint project between NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, NHS Lanarkshire, NHS Ayrshire & Arran, NHS Dumfries & Galloway, NHS Forth Valley, The Golden Jubilee National Hospital, The Federation of Royal Medical Colleges and the Royal College of Anaesthetists to develop a course for Advanced Nurse Practitioners.

The need for this course arose from the need to educate and prepare Advanced Nurse Practitioners to function as part of developing Hospital at Night teams, and the need to ensure medical and nursing practitioners on these teams are prepared in similar ways. This module is designed to prepare the student working in the acute care setting to manage the acutely unwell patient through processes of assessment, diagnosis, care management and evaluation.

This module is built around and contains the Federation of Royal Medical Colleges and the Royal College of Anaesthetists’ “Ill Medical Patients’ Acute Care and Treatment” (IMPACT) course ( Additional tutorials, Problem Based Learning scenario teaching sessions and Clinical Simulation Lab exercises are ‘wrapped around’ this course. Formal assessment is by written examination, skill station assessment and assessment in simulated clinical scenarios. Using the IMPACT course as the core for this module ensures nurses are taught to manage clinical emergencies in the same way as medical staff. This helps promote multidisciplinary working. This module is offered at masters level SCQF level 11 (masters) – MMB721734BC

Students who successfully complete this module will gain 30 credits at masters degree level (SCQF level 11). The module runs over a 5-month period, on a day release basis. Essential staff pre requisites for staff 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) o Applicants should ensure evidence of these skills within their application and CV
  • Venepuncture & cannulation
  • Nurse prescribing (not essential but preferable)
  • An undergraduate degree (usually at honours level for masters)

Course medical directors:

Dr Drew Smith, Consultant Anaesthetist, Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

Module Co-ordinator:

Dr Mark Cooper, Consultant Nurse – Advanced Practice [email protected] , Tel: 0141 211 0558

Module fee: The cost of the module for 2021 is TBC - the fee includes the IMPACT course.

Next Course: JANUARY 2021, please keep a copy of your application if you send rather than email) The module requires 11 days of study (including 2 day Impact and 2 days at Simulator ) which are spread across a 5 month period (Jan - May). Teaching usually takes place one afternoon per week at Glasgow Royal Infirmary

Downloads: Module Flyer

Application form - click here to download email to [email protected]

Study Leave - Applicants from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde will also need to complete a Study Leave 2 (SL2) form and submit this through their line manager. The study leave form and information on the study leave process can be found on StaffNet at: StaffNet > Human Resources > Learning and Education > EDU Training

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 the Consultant Nurse – Advanced Practice.  


University of the West of Scotland

The University of the West of Scotland MSc. Advanced Clinical Practitioner has neonatal, paediatric and adult pathways and has been designed to meet the requirements of Transforming Nursing Roles.

UWS Advanced Clinical Practitioner MSc.


Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow Caledonian University’s MSc Nursing: Advancing Professional Practice programme provides training for ANPs. The specific modules undertaken may vary depending on the specialty.

GCU Advancing Professional Practice MSc.