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Minor Illness and Urgent Care Assessment and Management for the Nurse/Health Practitioner Module

Learn about the course below
NSA 4504
October 2019
One day per week every two weeks
Five months in total
Part-time on campus
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Course leader
Harriet Oliver

This module is designed for nurses working in emergency departments, walk in centres and primary care settings who are developing their role towards emergency nurse practitioner, or autonomous practice who will see, treat, refer and discharge patients with minor illness.

Why study the Minor Illness and Urgent Care Assessment and Management for the Nurse/Health Practitioner Module at Middlesex University?

The aim of this course is to act as an introduction to the management of patients with minor health problems or recognise more major health issues that need referral on to other health care professionals. This course aims to develop proficiency in the skills of assessment through history taking and clinical examination. It provides the experienced clinician with advanced knowledge, communication skills and safe clinical examination skills to equip them to make more confident evidence based patient care decisions.

This module will enable you to demonstrate mastery of holistic patient assessment, management, and referral of minor illness, incorporating inter-professional working.  You will learn to   critically analyse the nature of holistic assessment and the application of theoretical models to the process of assessment. You will critically appraise clinical decision making strategies, and the therapeutic plan. You will demonstrate ability to share knowledge and expertise in assessment while collaborating with other health care professionals, by extrapolating and integrating advanced knowledge into clinical patient assessment. You will synthesise and interpret investigations and assessment information to reach conclusions that are based on good evidence, clinical judgement, and risk assessment

Additionally you will critically appraise current nurse practitioner practice and research to enable the development of minor illness practice, as well as critically analyse the legal, ethical and risk management issues and frameworks that underpin role development.

What will you study on the Minor Illness and Urgent Care Assessment and Management for the Nurse/Health Practitioner Module?

This module will explore the follow topics:

  • Anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology review for common presenting health problems
  • History taking, consultation styles and documentation
  • Physical assessment skills - inspection, auscultation, percussion and palpation
  • Systems covered- respiratory, cardiovascular (optional), abdomen, neurology and ear nose and throat
  • Recognition of abnormalities within these systems as well as common health problems with skin, eyes, and children
  • Advanced communication and decision making to reach appropriate differential diagnosis evidence-based practice
  • Health promotion opportunities
  • Role of the multidisciplinary team.

Learning and teaching strategy

Learning and teaching will have a problem orientated focus through guided study and case scenarios in order to develop and reinforce lifelong learning perspectives for clinical skills. This will be done through guided on line learning supported by narrated presentations and online demonstration videos for the student to access at any time. Students will attend study days to access face to face clinical assessment skill demonstrations and supervision from teachers.  Students will then be given the opportunity to develop these learnt assessment skills in their own practice setting but application of skills will not be assessed

Study days will give the opportunity for development, application and reflection of clinical examination skills to aid with diagnosis and plan care/ referral.


Assessment will be 50% OSCE based on  the clinical examination skills learnt as well as history taking and a written paper based on anatomy, physiology and clinical scenarios.

The final 50% of the assessment is a portfolio to demonstrate the individual is able to work as an independent practitioner.

To be eligible for this module, you must have current employment and support to practice in an appropriate health care setting. You should also be able to give details of an allocated clinically experienced (in that field) supervisor who will support you clinical practice.

Please visit our CPD health practitioner webpage to download an application form and for more information on the application process.

Per credit: £60
30 credits: £1,800

*Course fees are subject to annual inflation.

There are several funding options available:

  • receiving course fees via CPPD contracts between NHS trusts and Middlesex University
  • paying your own fees
  • sponsorship by your employer (but not under a CPPD contract).

For more information for any of these options, including fee rates for self-funding/employer-sponsored students, please visit our dedicated funding page.

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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