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Clinical Examination Skills for Health Care Professionals

The Clinical Examination Skills module provides you with the theoretical underpinning and practice base. This will enable you to deliver safe and effective autonomous care. You will need to be currently employed or have access to clinical placements that will support development of clinical skills during the course of the module. You will need to have access to clinical and educational mentorship support.

The module will include patients presenting with undifferentiated and undiagnosed primary and secondary care conditions across the age and acuity spectrum.

This module is suitable for healthcare professionals from a variety of background areas of specialist practice including:

  • Nursing
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Radiology
  • Pharmacy
  • Operating Department Practitioners
  • Critical Care Outreach
  • Paramedical staff
  • Doctors who want to pursue a clinically-focussed career pathway

This module has components which are taken over several months. You must attend all dates in these months and return to undertake CBEs.

All applicants must possess at least four years post-registration experience. They will need to be currently employed in a role that will support development of clinical skills during the course of the modules, and have testimony of mentorship support from their employers.

Module content:

This module covers three key areas:

  • Key functional anatomy and physiology of the major body systems and related pathophysiological processes
  • The component parts of the consultation process and how to effectively manage patients with presenting with undifferentiated and undiagnosed problems. The module will cover how to:
    • Undertake a detailed history
    • Perform a focused physical examination using the medical model
    • Identify appropriate investigations and provide a rationale for these
    • Making a diagnosis and a list of differentials
    • Select a treatment/management plan for the patient
  • The practical elements of a top-to-toe physical examination and how to integrate this into the patient consultation

Key facts


Cheryl Grantham/ Eva Mussio/ Claire Runaghan

Tel: 024 76573958

024 76572958

Course leader: Kirsti Soanes

Duration: 12 tutorial days

Credits: 40

Course type: Module

Module code: MD982

Assessment: Four case-based examinations (CBE)

Portfolio of evidence of own clinical practice

Next Course Start: 

Cohort A
Day 1 – 25th September
Day 2 – 26th September
Day 3 – 27th September
Day 4 – 28th September
Day 5 – 4th October
Day 6 – 5th October
Day 7 – 11th October
Day 8 – 12th October
Day 9 – 18th October
Day 10 – 19th October
Day 11 – 14th November
Day 12 – 15th November
CBE – 18th December

Cohort A01
Day 1 – 21st March
Day 2 – 22nd March
Day 3 – 11th April
Day 4 – 12th April
Day 5 – 25th April
Day 6 – 26th April
Day 7 – 9th May
Day 8 – 10th May
Day 9 – 23rd May
Day 10 – 24th May
Day 11 – 6th June
Day 12 – 7th June
CBE – 5th July

Available on the following course:

Core module: Advanced Clinical Practice for Health Care Professionals


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