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Principles & Practice of Burn Care

This original and informative unit will provide the foundation of key burn injury knowledge and burn management principles from which to facilitate current best practice in burn care for people who work in burns, or those that work in allied services with exposure to burn injury and acute burn care.

Six months experience is a requirement of acceptance.

Unit Content

The curriculum covers all aspects of acute burn injury management in both paediatric and adult patients including:

  • Burn aetiology
  • Calculation of depth and total body surface area
  • Management of acute and procedural pain
  • Management of chemical and electrical burn injuries
  • Emergency surgical intervention and early excision
  • Initial psychological difficulties experienced by burn patients and practical solutions
  • Acute wound healing and appropriate dressing selection
  • Acute physiotherapy/occupational therapy for the burned patient and early rehabilitation measures
...and much more.

Academic Study

This is an online module which will involve participating in an interactive programme of study combining e-learning, online taught lessons, self-directed study, practical demonstrations, debates, discussions, verbal presentations and completing summative assessments and clinical competency documents

Where and when?

The unit will run for a total of seven full day sessions, each on a Friday commencing September/October each year

What qualifications/entry requirements do I need?

Level 6 study

A minimum of DipHE in a health-related subject (Level 5)

Level 7 study

Minimum of a degree in a health-related subject (Level 6)

The course is open to all professionals with regular exposure to burn injuries and the ability to reflect on burn management.

How much will it cost?

If you are already working in burn care within the Northern Burn Care Network the course is free. To request an Expression of Interest form, please email:

If you work outside the Northern Burn Care Network, applications should be made direct to the University of Manchester via email at
Self-funding will be required – costs are available from the University of Manchester