Continuing Professional Development

Consultation and Assessment Skills

Overview

The details
Consultation and Assessment Skills
HS955
30 credits
Level 6
04 October 2019
Colchester Campus, Southend Campus

Please note this module may have multiple start dates and may run in more than one location.  Visit our CPD page to  view our module calendar which indicates all start dates, course locations, application deadlines and more information about how the modules are assessed.

Health care professionals increasingly work outside their traditional boundaries of practice. In their work as skilled clinicians they seek to enhance the patient experience by bridging gaps in service provision. However, the quality and safety of patient care is dependent on professionals having comprehensive and current skills and knowledge.

This module has been designed for experienced nurses and allied health professionals working in clinical settings. A systems-based approach is used during the module to provide you with the clinical skills and underpinning theoretical evidence to undertake clinical consultation and assessment.

After the module you will be able to recognise the early onset of acute illness and provide objective clinical data to multi-disciplinary colleagues, enhancing patient safely and the effectiveness of patient care.

This module fits well into our MA Professional Practice pathway, or our MSc Health Care Practice pathway.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module you will be able to:

  1. Take a clear and concise medical and psychosocial history from patients.
  2. Perform appropriate physical examination including: chest/respiratory; heart/circulatory; abdominal; neurological.
  3. Recognise abnormal physical features in association with diagnostic test results.
  4. Be able to interpret clinical and psychosocial data and recognise the ill patient.
  5. Be able to suggest appropriate investigations and treatments.
  6. Take appropriate action.

Accreditation and professional recognition

This module can be used as part of an accredited academic pathway (such as Advanced Clinical Practitioner).

Our expert staff

Experts within various specialist fields support sessions throughout the timetable. This includes a pharmacist who delivers the pharmacology content.

We also have expert lecturers within our own team who contribute on key subject matters.

What our participants say

“I enjoyed the course very much and I found all the lectures very informative and interesting”

“I have enjoyed abdominal, respiratory and neurological teaching”

“I have learned how to do a thorough assessment”

“Liked learning new skills and knowledge

Entry Requirements

All students should be registered with a health professional regulator and competent within their field of practice, with an ability and confidence to work autonomously.

Structure

Module Outline

Eight structured study sessions conducted at weekly intervals. These sessions will use a systems-based approach to provide you with the clinical skills and underpinning theoretical evidence to undertake clinical consultation and assessment. They are designed to expose you to the systematic approach to physical assessment adopted by doctors. In this way, it is hoped that you will be able to recognise the early onset of acute illness and will be able to furnish the doctor with objective clinical data. The underpinning philosophy of this module, therefore, is that patient safety will be enhanced, and that members of the multi-disciplinary team will work more cohesively towards achieving the ultimate objective, i.e the best interests of the patient. In addition to this, you are encouraged to arrange informal sessions with a medical mentor within your own clinical area. The mentor should also conduct formative practical assessments towards the end of the module, which will identify knowledge and skills gaps so that you can confidently approach the summative assessment. There is a one-session summative practical assessment.

Assessment strategy

The level six module is assessed by: - an objective structured clinical examination (marked as pass/fail) - practice-based reflective portfolio of at least 4000 words

Fees and funding

For more information on CPD funding please visit www.essex.ac.uk/departments/health-and-social-care/cpd/funding

What's next

For more information on what next, and how to apply please visit www.essex.ac.uk/departments/health-and-social-care/cpd/how-to-apply

Get in touch

You can contact our reception on 01206 872854, who will direct your query to the appropriate module contact. You can also contact the CPD team on cpd@essex.ac.uk