Develop the skills of physical assessment and apply this to your clinical practice through our short course designed for a wide range of practitioners including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, emergency and primary care nurses, critical care outreach teams and walk-in centre professionals.
|Module code||NSA 4502|
|Start date||Autumn or Spring|
|Fees||See Fees and funding below|
|Module leader||Harriet Oliver|
The aim of this module is to enable the experienced practitioner to develop the skills of physical assessment, and apply this to their clinical context and develop as an autonomous clinician. It provides the autonomous practitioner with the advanced knowledge base, communication skills, and safe clinical examination skills, to equip them to make confident autonomous, effective and evidence based patient care decisions. It enables the student to undertake an autonomous assessment to start to plan appropriate care or referral for their patients.
This module is applicable to emergency nurse practitioners, primary care nurse practitioners, community matrons, night-nurse practitioners, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses working in pre-surgical clinics, and day surgery, cardiac and respiratory clinics, critical care outreach teams and walk-in centres.
After completion of the module you will be able to:
During this module, you'll learn:
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.
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 33% 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 next 33% of the assessment is a portfolio to demonstrate the individual is able to work as an independent practitioner.
The final 33% will be based upon an extended case study demonstrating the students ability to reflect upon the complexity of their role as an independent practitioner.
Current employment and support to practice in an appropriate health care setting. The student should be able to give details of an allocated clinically experienced (in that field) supervisor who will support their clinical practice.
To apply for this course, please go to our CPD health practitioner page and complete an application form.
The fees* below refer to the 2019/20 academic year unless otherwise stated.
Per credit: £60
30 credits: £1,800
*Course fees are subject to annual inflation.
There are several funding options available:
For more information for any of these options, including fee rates for self-funding/employer-sponsored students, please visit our dedicated funding page.