This introductory course prepares you as an experienced practitioner to acquire systematic and structured history taking, physical examination and diagnostic reasoning skills in relation to four systems: the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system, the gastrointestinal system and the urinary system.
It will help you assess adults with undiagnosed presentations, distinguish normal from abnormal findings and formulate differential diagnoses in order to manage, treat or refer patients.
The vision for the course is to enable practitioners to facilitate the NHS Long Term Plan (NHS 2019) and informed by Transforming Primary Care: Safe, proactive, personalised care for those who need it most (Department of Health 2014) and Five Year Forward View (NHS 2014).
Who is it for?
This is a core course for students on the BSc/GradDip/PGDip Public Health (District Nursing) programme and an optional course for students on the BSc/PGDip Primary Care (Practice Nursing) programme. The course is also suitable for other primary care practitioners to take as a standalone course.
This course runs in the autumn and summer each year. Teaching is face to face for 3 hours per week over 10 weeks.
This clinical assessment course improves diagnostic reasoning skills and focuses specifically on presentations related to primary care.
This course is worth 15 credits toward eligible programmes.