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 course is suitable for primary care practitioners who want to advance their clinical practice, and who wish to progress to a non-medical prescribing course following completion of the course at Level 7.
This course runs in the autmn and the spring each year. You'll have 3 hours of face to face teaching per week for 10 weeks.
This course may be taken as standalone or credits can be carried forward onto the BSc/GradDip/PGDip Public Health (District Nursing) programme or the BSc/PGDip Primary Care (Practice Nursing) programme.
This course is worth 15 credits toward eligible programmes.