The aim of this module is to develop advanced knowledge and skills in consultation and physical examination techniques across a range of specific body systems.
You will need to complete an induction prior to the commencement of your first module. We have a comprehensive online induction package to welcome you to both the University and your programme of study. Alternatively, classroom-based induction days take place at our Lancaster campus and are usually scheduled for the first week of each semester.
Having completed this module you may wish to bring these credits (at level 7 only) into the PgC Emergency Care: Practice Development or MSc Practice Development. Please discuss this opportunity with the module leader before completion of the module.
Consultation models, Structured history taking skills, Communication strategies used to obtain a comprehensive health history, Anatomical landmarks and physiological principles when undertaking a physical assessment, System specific physical examination skills including Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Ear Nose and Throat, Musculoskeletal, Neurological and Abdominal. Safety Netting, Red Flags, Professional issues relating to scope of practice. Discuss the legal and professional issues of autonomous practice as they apply to physical assessment.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion you will be able to:
- Critically analyse strategies to elicit a structured history with reference to a range of consultation and communication models
- Demonstrate mastery of the theoretical and clinical basis of physical examination techniques and the ability to perform them
- Demonstrate an ability to obtain, recognise, synthesise and interpret clinical data from the physical examination to discriminate normal from abnormal findings
- Apply principles of judgement and diagnostic reasoning to determining safe and appropriate treatment, management or referral.
Assessment, Feedback, and Teaching and Learning methods
Full details are available in the programme specification.
The teaching timetable should be available from the end of August. Access to the timetable is through the Student Hub – you will be able to access the Student Hub after you have completed online registration. The teaching day is 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday; please keep your other commitments open until confirmation of your teaching timetable, and bear in mind that many courses will offer placements or fieldwork which sometimes extends into the evenings and weekends.
Have a question about our entry requirements?
- You need to be a Health care professional with a relevant recordable qualification e.g RGN, Paramedic, Pharmacist.
- You are required to identify a facilitator in practice to oversee your achievement of competence (you will need to complete a Learning Environment Pre-course Assessment Tool (LEPAT) as part of the admissions procedure for this module).
- Your facilitator needs to be a doctor or a nurse practitioner with two years’ experience, and will need to commit to one hour per week. You need a minimum of 3 hours practice time per week.
- If you have studied the equivalent module at Level 5 or Level 6 (HCPD5050, HCPD6050) then you cannot also study this Level 7 version.
- To be eligible to study this module on a stand-alone basis, students must be qualified health care professionals and must have post registration experience in an appropriate setting for at least 12 months prior to commencing the module.
- Students must demonstrate the ability to study at this level and commit to attempting the assessment. Students who successfully complete this module as a stand alone module will be eligible for a Certificate of Achievement. When taken as part of a specific named award, the module content and assessment must be focussed towards the subject of that award.
- To develop skills in consultation and physical examination, students must have sufficient opportunity to practise the examination techniques. Students must participate in the formative components of the module in order to successfully pass the module.
The closing date for applications is 5 working days prior to the module start date or, if this is your first module, 5 working days prior to the induction date.
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Resources and facilities
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