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Assessment of Minor Injuries and Illness for Advanced Practice CPPD

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Delivery of this module will be online due to government-issued guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic and may be made available face-to-face subject to Public Health England recommendations. Please submit your application and, once reviewed by the module leader, you will receive more specific information about the online delivery of your module and assessments.

Course overview

This module is intended to develop your clinical skills, knowledge and critical understanding of minor injury and illness assessment to an advanced level, applicable to your own field of practice. You will develop your skills in patient consultation, history-taking, and physical assessment of patients who present with undifferentiated and undiagnosed minor injuries and illness.  You will learn how to distinguish between normal and abnormal findings.

This module is suitable for nurses and healthcare professionals working in acute and unscheduled care settings, such as emergency departments, walk in clinics, urgent care centres, primary care or other community and first contact settings. This includes, but is not limited to, Paramedics, Practice Nurses, and Nurse Practitioners. It can be taken as a stand-alone module, or as part of the MSc Advanced Practice Health & Social Care.

On completion of the module, you will be working at/towards advanced clinical practice. In this way, the module aims to contribute to the development of a practitioner, who can fulfil the competencies and domains (HCPC, 2016, NMC, 2006; RCN, 2012; AANPE, 2008 and DoH, 2010) implicit in Advanced Practice.

Once completed, it is expected (but not mandatory) that you will complete the follow-up module: Management of Minor Injuries and Illness for Advanced Practice (APM051).

Module dates

Term 2

JAN: Tuesday 29 January 2019
FEB: Tuesday 12 February and 26 February 2019
MAR: Tuesday 12 March and 26 March 2019

Module Submission Date: Tuesday 9 April 2019



Prerequisite knowledge

You should be a registered health professional with a minimum of two years post qualification experience. You should be working in a healthcare setting where you see patients presenting with minor injury and/or illness. Relevant workplace opportunities and organisational support should be in place to enable you to achieve successful completion of the module.

You would benefit from completing the Advanced Physical Assessment, Critical thinking and Diagnostic Reasoning across the Lifespan module prior to undertaking this module although this is not mandatory.

English requirements

Module Leader

Tanya Middlehurst has had a long and varied career in A&E. While working as an A&E sister she developed an interest in the management of minor injuries and illness and spent a significant period working as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner.

She then became a Lecturer Practitioner in A&E, a post jointly shared between Homerton Hospital and City University. During this time, she was the module leader for the post-registration A&E and trauma modules. Following this Tanya became a Nurse Consultant in A&E at Homerton, while continuing to teach at City. Latterly, she was Head of Practice Development at Homerton Hospital.

Tanya currently works part time as a visiting lecturer at City, University of London, as well as practising as a school nurse. She holds an MSc in Nursing (Advanced Practitioner Pathway) and has published work in relation to trauma and minor injuries and ailments.



You will be taught through a variety of methods including lecturers, guided independent study and tutorials. The assessment is a 3,000-word essay detailing the clinical assessment of a patient.

Recommended reading

Bickley, L. (2016) Bates Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking. 12th Ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott

Purcell, D. (2010) Minor Injuries: A Clinical Guide for Nurses. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone