AIR Course Information

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply the theories underpinning anatomy & pathophysiology in the context of caring for patients with acute illness
  • Critical evaluate the evidence-base underpinning the recognition and management of acutely ill patients
  • Competently provide safe, efficient and effective care to acutely ill patients

Programme Specification

Admission Requirements / Application Process

The admission of a student to the course will be based upon the reasonable expectation that the student will be able to fulfill the Unit objectives and achieve the standards set to be awarded the Certificate of Achievement. The following criteria apply:

Students must:

  • be already employed and normally working within acute care areas
  • be able to demonstrate the ability to study at Academic Level 6
  • provide academic providers with formal recognition from their manager on their suitability for study and sponsorship
  • provide evidence of English Language qualification
  • be available to attend the study days and end of course assessment


AIR course is currently postponed, we will notify you here once we are able to proceed


Study Days

All study days include anatomy & physiology, pathophysiology, and assessment skills as appropriate


  • Introduction to the course
  • Pathophysiology including oedema, anaphylaxis and obstruction
  • Tracheostomies and laryngectomies


  • Causes of respiratory failure
  • Appropriate oxygen therapies available
  • Physiotherapy rationale and techniques
  • Appropriate escalation


  • Types of shock and pathophysiology
  • Sepsis identification and management
  • Management of cardiovascular issues including pharmacology


  • Identification and management of a patient with acute kidney injury
  • Fluid management strategies
  • Ongoing support and management of the patient


  • Altered level of consciousness, including primary and secondary causes
  • Pain management
  • Communication and escalation


  • Gastro-intestinal
  • VTE – risk factors and assessment
  • Skin integrity issues – rashes, wounds
  • Communication and escalation

Communication, Treatment, Referral & Transfer

  • Effective use of SBAR communication tool
  • Treatment plans
  • Referrals
  • Ethics and End of Life Care
  • Principles of safe transfer