This module is intended to enhance independent practice by developing your skills, knowledge and critical understanding of minor injury and illness management to an advanced level, applicable to your own field of practice. You will further develop your skills in patient consultation and assessment, and specifically your clinical decision-making skills in managing patients who present with minor injuries and illness. Emphasis will be placed on utilising effective collaborative approaches in patent management, referral and discharge.
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.
This module is the follow-up module to Assessment of Minor Injuries and Illness for Advanced Practice (APM050). It is expected that the Assessment module would be competed prior to undertaking this one but may be taken alone if you have established assessment skills.
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.
For those students whose first language is not English, the following qualification is also required:
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 competency document and a 1,500-word case study.
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