Introduction to Clinical Examination and Assessment Skills 2017-18

About the course

This short course will assist you in developing:

• The analytical and problem solving skills required for undertaking advanced clinical assessments of patients with a range of clinical conditions as negotiated on an individual basis.

• Your clinical examination and clinical decision making skills.

• The skills required to take a patient's history.

A case study approach affords an opportunity for you to assess complex health and social care needs. The opportunity to learn selected clinical examination skills makes this short course appropriate for a range of healthcare practitioners, in particular those supporting people with undifferentiated diagnoses and long term conditions, whose role and responsibilities call for competence in advanced clinical assessment and decision making.

This course complements the [Independent and Supplementary Prescribing|00007064] course and [Managing Minor Illness|00007614] short course in order to assist in the development of extended skills

Start date:


12 weeks, comprising of 4 taught sessions

15 Master's level credits


Entry requirements

You must:

• Be registered with the NMC, HCPC or an appropriate professional board and work in an area where they are seeing patients with clinical presentations.

• Be working in a setting with patients who may present with clinical problems.

• Organise support and supervision from a Clinical Educator ideally a GP, Consultant or Advanced Nurse Practitioner for 102 hours during this course.


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Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

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You must be working in a setting with patients who may present with clinical problems. You will need to organise support and supervision from a Clinical Educator ideally a GP, Consultant or Advanced Nurse Practitioner for 102 hours during this course.

Career opportunities

This short course may assist you to meet the specialist skills and post registration development requirements stipulated by your employer/professional regulator.

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through a series of lectures, seminars and skills laboratory demonstrations.Your studies will be supported by the University's virtual learning environment.

Assessment will include a written assignment.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy*

∗permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

How much will it cost me?

Please contact the Student Finance Office for more information about 2017/18 fees and finance.

You may be eligible for funding from Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber. Detailed guidance on such funding arrangements is available in their funding guide. For further information please contact the SSPRD Admissions Team.

Other information

The University of Huddersfield operates an attendance monitoring system. Further details can be found in the Attendance Monitoring Policy.

How to apply

We hope you're interested in what you've seen. If you would like to apply to join us, please complete the part-time online application form and refer to the guidance notes provided.

Please note, the closing date is the 31 July 2017.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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