Short courses
Health & Social Care

Minor Injury/Illness Clinical Assessment Skills

University Certificate in Professional Development:

This module is designed to meet the needs of a range of health care professionals working with patients who present to a point of first contact with a minor injury or illness. Students accessing the module will be registered health care professionals working in areas such as primary care, accident and emergency, urgent care, or minor injury units.

Course information

Part-time

  • Delivered over a two week block of study (Monday-Friday), this is followed by one study day prior to the objective structured clinical examination (OSCE)

More part-time details

  • 40 Credits, Degree Level
  • Enrolment date: September and January
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £1500

Contact details

Further information

Award content includes:

  • anatomy, physiology and altered pathophysiology across the lifespan relating to common minor injury and illness
  • principles and techniques of history-taking
  • clinical examination techniques
  • decision-making skills and clinical reasoning
  • recognition of the deteriorating patient and red flag presentations
  • clinical management of minor injury and illness to include, ear nose and throat, ophthalmology, rashes, upper and lower limb injuries and minor head injuries
  • principles of radiological assessment and criteria for x-ray
  • pain management and common treatments for acute illness and injuries
  • self-care and health promotion
  • recognition of the sick child
  • professional accountability in practice
  • academic writing
  • clinical guidelines and referral pathways.

Teesside University Middlesbrough Campus.

How you learn

The taught component will be delivered over a three-week period. The delivery pattern will consist of a two-week block of study followed by one study day prior to the objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) assessment. During this time students will engage with a variety of learning strategies including interactive skills sessions, seminars, distance and directed study sessions, and student-led presentations.

The assessment strategy consists of two components:

Component 1: OSCE (Pass/Fail)
Three clinical scenarios each of 15 minutes' duration will be completed. The stations will examine the ability of the student to gather information through history-taking and examination then systematically evaluate the information formulating interventions, decisions and management options based on best available evidence. OSCEs will be scheduled for week 7 of the module.

Component 2: Assignment (100%)
A 3,000 word-processed assignment related to a person you have cared for within clinical practice (to be negotiated with the module tutor). This will be submitted in week 13 of the module.

Entry requirements

Evidence of study at Level 5 (diploma level).
Registered health care professional working in an area that provides first contact care for patients with a minor injury/illness.

Course information

Part-time

  • Delivered over a two week block of study (Monday-Friday), this is followed by one study day prior to the objective structured clinical examination (OSCE)

More part-time details

  • 40 Credits, Degree Level
  • Enrolment date: September and January
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £1500

Contact details

Further information