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Clinical Examination and Diagnostic Skills for Healthcare Professionals

The aim of the module is to provide the theoretical underpinning and practice base to enable healthcare professionals to undertake an advanced clinical examination.

You will develop a range of skills and knowledge to support safe and effective autonomous practice when requesting and interpreting clinical investigations. This will include patients presenting with undifferentiated and undiagnosed primary and secondary care conditions across the age and acuity spectrum.

Outline syllabus

After studying this module you should understand:

  • The key functional anatomy and physiology of the major body systems and related pathophysiological processes.
  • The component parts of the consultation process in order to effectively manage patients with presenting with undifferentiated and undiagnosed problems.
  • The practical elements to a top-to-toe physical examination and how to integrate this into the patient consultation
  • The physiological changes associated with specific conditions / illnesses and the application of test results to the management of ill health
  • The appropriate documentation and record keeping practices
  • Professional body support for developing scope of practice (eg relevant accountability issues and ethics)

You should also have knowledge of the following investigations:

  • Arterial Blood Gas Sampling & Interpretation
  • Electrocardiographs
  • Xray interpretation (chest, abdomen, pelvis and appendicular)
  • Interpretation of blood results (haematology, biochemistry, microbiology)
Induction module

Before completing the course, you will undertake our Induction and Professional Development module, introducing you to all the underpinning regulations, guidance and support available to you during your postgraduate study.

Key facts


Cheryl Grantham/ Eva Mussio/ Claire Runaghan

Course leader: Kirsti Soanes

Duration: 12 tutorial days

Credits: 40

Course type: Module

Module code: MD9A6

Assessment: OSLER (Objective Structured Long Examination Record)

Portfolio of evidence of own clinical practice

Next Course Start: 

Cohort A - Application Deadline: 23/08/2020

Cohort A Start Date
Day 1 06/10/2020
Day 2 07/10/2020 (online)
Day 3 14/10/2020 (online)
Day 4 11/11/2020
Day 5 24/11/2020 (online)
Day 6 30/11/2020
Day 7 Term 2 dates TBC
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Day 12 Term 2 dates TBC


Available on the following course:

MSc Advanced Clinical Practice

MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Critical Care)

Apprenticeship Advanced Clinical Practice

Apprenticeship Advanced Clinical Practice (Critical Care)

Also available to study as a standalone Postgraduate Award.


Funding Opportunities

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