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Introduction to Minor Illness and Urgent Care Module

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NSA 3514
October 2017
One day per week
Four months in total
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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 Introduction to Minor Illness and Urgent Care Module at Middlesex University?

The aim of this module 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. It 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.

The module will develop your knowledge and skills in order to start to facilitate a safe holistic patient assessment. You will learn to apply your knowledge of anatomy and physiology in conjunction with physical assessment to each body system. You will use more advanced communication techniques, evidence based knowledge and critical thinking in order to identify patient needs. You will identify presenting complaints and synthesise findings from physical examination and assessment and relate these to underlying pathophysiology. You will use history taking and clinical findings in order to aid with differential diagnosis.

Additionally, you will reflect on prior professional experience to aid with decision making.

What will you study on Introduction to Minor Illness and Urgent Care Module?

This module will cover the following:

  • Anatomy and physiology review
  • History taking 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
  • 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 100% OSCE based on all the clinical examination skills learnt as well as history taking and a written paper based on anatomy, physiology and clinical scenarios.

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 provide details of an allocated clinically experienced (in that field) supervisor who will support your clinical practice.

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

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.

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