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Nursing & Health

Advanced Physical Assessment and Disease Management Skills
University Certificate in Postgraduate Continuing Education

 

Course overview

This module aims to equip practitioners with the necessary knowledge and skills to facilitate the clinical assessment of patients in acute and community setting within the scope of advanced practice specified by their employer.

By having both a theoretical and clinical component, you extend your practice and gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to be operational in the physical assessment, diagnosis and patient management elements of advanced practice.

Delivered online, you focus on developing advanced competence in clinical assessment, diagnostic reasoning, and patient centred evidence-based therapeutics. Online physical assessment skills and diagnostic reasoning sessions will develop your knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology as applied to the diagnostic process. An appropriately qualified and experienced advanced practitioner is required to act as a nominated clinical supervisor for the duration of the module, for example a doctor, or someone with a master’s level advanced clinical practice qualification.

HEE funding for 2021/22
Please note: funding for this module may be available from your trust but this not guaranteed. If funding is not available, you will be informed.

 

Course details

What you study

You gain advanced knowledge and skills in the areas of:
• investigative analysis, for example bloods, chest X-ray, ECG
• advanced clinical assessment including focused history, examination and diagnostics within the professional scope
• clinical management and case review in minor, acute, chronic and complex disease states with co-morbidity
• evidence-based therapeutic intervention in common minor, acute and chronic disease of body systems, including disorders of the following systems: pulmonary, cardiovascular, neurological, musculoskeletal, renal/GU, endocrine, gastrointestinal, haematology/oncology, HENT and skin.

How you learn

The module is delivered online with six 1.5 hour ‘live’ online support sessions delivered every other week. Learning materials are made available as the module progresses. This has the benefit of allowing you the flexibility to fit your study around your work and family commitments. Recorded lectures are available, 24/7 and can be viewed repeatedly, allowing you the opportunity to experience the lectures repeatedly and at your convenience. The support sessions augment your learning by giving you the opportunity to seek clarification on any of the taught areas. Attendance at the live sessions is optional as they are recorded and posted on the support website for those who are unable to attend.
Materials will be available in advance of support sessions on the TUOnline site. Support sessions are conducted via Microsoft Teams.

Work-based experience will be a strong focus of this module to optimise application of knowledge to practice and this will be supported by a workbook. The work-based experience will involve you developing knowledge and skills in the assessment and management of patient cases.

How you are assessed

The summative assessment has two components.

1. A modified objective structured long examination review, comprising f a patient history taking, focused physical examination, formulation of a differential diagnosis, requesting appropriate investigations, and a plan for further management. This will be observed by the clinical or academic supervisor, and a viva type discussion will then follow where the student will be expected to justify their actions and articulate the synthesis of their thought processes regarding the patient’s presentation and subsequent management. This component will be pass/fail.

2. A 30-question online exam lasting 90 minutes comprising a mix of multiple choice, single best answer and extended matching questions. The percentage mark for the exam will be the overall mark for the module if both components are passed.

Both components need to be completed successfully to attain a pass.

You are assessed on your ability to:

• demonstrate safe clinical judgement in the application of core clinical skills and disease knowledge in undertaking the correct focused history and examinations pertinent to a patient's presentation
• delineate a working diagnosis based on analysis of the patient data obtained from the focused clinical assessment
• demonstrate a systematic and critical understanding of the use of best evidence in supporting the patient's clinical assessment and case management
• demonstrate capacity to critically evaluate the evidence on which the management plan is based for any limitations which may be pertinent to a patient's clinical profile
• demonstrate a systematic and critical understanding of the physiological processes associated with the presenting patient’s signs and symptoms. As well as the interrelationship between signs and symptoms.

 
 

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants must:

  • have already undertaken physical assessment / clinical skills training and be skilled in the assessment of all body systems. E.g. have undertaken the Physical Assessment Skills module or similar training.
  • be able to nominate an appropriately qualified and experienced advanced practitioner to act as a Clinical Supervisor for the duration of the module, e.g a Doctor, or someone with Masters level Advanced Clinical Pratice qualification. It is this person who will carry out your summative practice assessment.
  • be currently employed in a specialist/advanced area of practice in a clinical role requiring a level of autonomy in diagnostics and case management, with appropriate access to advanced practitioners.

 

Employability

Career opportunities

There are now many requirements for practitioners with physical assessment skills capacity in all areas of health care.

 
 

Part-time

2022/23 entry

Fee for applicants:
£680

Limited funded places available

  • Length: 20 weeks
  • Start date: October and January
  • Level: Master's
  • Credits: 20

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