Part time: Two years
Until January 2021: Annual FEN membership
From January 2021: two years FEN membership
Outside of UK & Ireland
If you are from outside of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, you are welcome to join the Faculty and access our training programme. Should you wish to complete the clinical portfolio for accreditation please contact email@example.com
Our two year taught programme will enable registered nurses working within emergency care to develop the theoretical knowledge and clinical skills required for Associate level (AFEN). This programme will be delivered through webinars and online learning.
The programme will be delivered on Tuesday Evenings (15/9/2020 to 25/8/2022) 19:00 to 21:00 GMT/BST. There will be a two week break for Christmas and Easter as well as a short break between the first and second year of the programme. Webinars will be recorded and accessible by FEN members to catch-up or to review at a later date. On completion of an evaluation form, you will receive confirmation of attendance.
To access the programme, you will need to be a nurse registrant Plus hold an annual membership with the Faculty of Emergency Nursing – either as an individual or through corporate membership. To continue to access the programme your membership must remain current. To join FEN click here.
This programme of study is designed to provide the theoretical underpinnings to achieve the AFEN level competence. If you wish to have this level of competence accredited, you will need to supplement this with background reading, engagement with additional web-based resources and undertake clinical skills teaching and assessments in your own place of work. You will also need to build a clinical portfolio of robust evidence against a set of assessment criteria in order to demonstrate necessary learning outcomes.
For a nurse new to emergency nursing, it will take approximately two years to complete all the learning to gain the qualification. The taught programme delivered in webinars will cover the outcomes of all eight units. Provided evidence is collected throughout this period then candidates can expect to have a complete portfolio ready for submission by the end of the programme. However completed portfolios may be submitted before this.
Should you wish to submit a portfolio for accreditation, this will incur an extra cost. This is likely to be less than £750 and will provide credits on the Credit & Qualifications Framework for Wales (CQFW) which is mapped – like other European Countries – to the European Qualifications Framework.
|1st Year Content||2nd Year Content|
|Introduction to the programme, including:|
what is expected of you
how lectures will work
|Heads – anatomy & physiology|
|ABCDE assessment||Head injuries|
|Chest – injuries (part 1)||Brain pathology|
|Chest – illnesses (part 1)||Airway assessment – plans A – D|
|Chest – injuries (part 2)||Sedation|
|Chest – illnesses (part 2)||Mental health – common presenting symptoms|
|Risk assessments – Infection control||Psychotic illness|
|Hearts – ECG interpretation methods||Anxiety-related presentations|
|Hearts – Arrhythmias||Mental health prioritisation scales|
|Hearts – Blocks||Overdoses – drugs used and treatment options|
|Hearts – Acute Coronary Syndrome (part 1)||Poisoning|
|Hearts – Acute Coronary Syndrome (part 2)||Mental Capacity assessment|
|Hearts – congenital abnormalities||Legal detention of mentally ill people|
|Hearts – injuries and infections||Health and Safety risk assessments|
|Risk assessments – pressure areas||Communicable diseases|
|Limbs – arm injuries||End of life|
|Limbs – hand injuries||Sudden death|
|Limbs – hip injuries||Sudden bereavement|
|Limbs – lower leg and foot injuries||Manual handling in Emergency Care|
|Risk assessments – Safeguarding (initial)||Eye assessment (1)|
|Pain assessment||Eye assessment (2)|
|Non-pharmaceutical pain relief||Eye treatments|
|Pharmaceutical pain relief options||Ear problems|
|Wound assessment||Nose problems|
|Wound cleaning and closure||Throat problems|
|Local anaesthetics for wound exploration and closure||Major incident planning|
|Wound dressings||Major incident implementation|
|Risk assessments – Safeguarding (secondary)||Major incident – Communication structures|
|Structuring Emergency Care||Clinical governance in Emergency Care|
|Prioritising in Emergency Care||Human Factors in Emergency Care|
|Burns – assessment||Handover/transfer of care|
|Burns – treatment||Pregnancy in a nutshell|
|Major burns||Delivering a baby|
|Explosion injuries||Resuscitation of the newborn|
|Auditing Emergency Care||PV bleeds|
|Normal childhood progression||Kidney injury|
|Adolescents – physical changes||Kidney pathology|
|Adolescents – cognitive changes||Domestic Abuse|
|Adolescents – legal changes||Sepsis|
|Adolescents – transition||Cognitive impairment|
|Normal ageing progression||Adjusting care to the individual patient|
|Abdominal pain – assessment||Violence and aggression – prevention and management|
|Risk assessment – Falls||Managing unpredictable patients|
|Diabetes (1)||End of course – summary and evaluation|
£36 Annual FEN membership required, payment to be received prior to course registration.
From January 2021 the fee will be two years FEN membership to cover the duration of the teaching sessions.
This covers access to all learning materials, live webinars and recordings of webinars.
Accreditation fee – on application
The taught programme maybe attended without submitting a portfolio but to achieve AFEN accreditation you will need to complete:
Three compulsory units:
Compulsory Group A
|Core Competencies for Working in Emergency Care Settings|
|Psychological Care of Patients in Emergency Care Settings|
Compulsory Group B – Choose one
|Care of Adults and Older People in Emergency Care Settings|
|Care of Children and Younger People in Emergency Care Settings|
You must also choose one of the following optional units:
|Care of Patients with Non-Life/Non-Limb Threatening Injuries|
|Care of Patients with Major Trauma|
|Care of Patients in the Pre Hospital Care Environment|
|Care of Patients in a Major Incident|
Clinical assessment must be undertaken in the workplace. A portfolio of practice must be developed which will include workplace based assessments, case based discussions, annotated clinical notes, audits of notes. Once complete portfolios should be submitted to the Internal Quality Assurance Board for verification and award of qualification.
You will need to register to access the programme. Once membership has been confirmed, and prior to the webinar, you will be forwarded an access code.