Run by School of Medical and Health Sciences
20.000 Credits or 10.000 ECTS Credits
Semester 1 & 2
Organiser: Mrs Gillian Roberts
Overall aims and purpose
This module aims to enable pharmacists and other healthcare practitioners to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary for the safe assessment and management of patients presenting with a variety of minor illness. The module will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to engage in patient consultations and undertake the physical examination and safe management of a range of minor illness common to first point care. The module has an ethos of skill and knowledge development and will expect the student to advance their skills in this area through discussion, questioning and evidence based learning.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the Covid 19 crisis, the module will be delivered on line for all students through Blackboard Ultra. Students will be required to have access to IT and up to date computer and software.
May include but not limited to:
Early triage History taking and Examination Physical assessment skills Documentation Forming a diagnosis Ethics, Consent & Legal issues
Recognition of the ill patient Paediatrics Assessment/ Examination Recognition of the ill child Respiratory Tract Infections Non traumatic head, neck and back problems Sore throats Ophthalmic disorders Simple rashes/dermatology Notifiable diseases Common presenting complaints Respiratory assessment constipation and piles (haemorrhoids) conjunctivitis, cold sores and mouth ulcers warts and verrucas nappy rash and teething Urinary tract infection and musculoskeletal pain Recognition of common presentations
50%> Threshold Demonstrates a basic understanding of the facts and principles specific to the topics covered in this module. Demonstrates safe practice with a reasonable understanding of the assessment and management of patients presenting with a minor illness. Students will be required to achieve a minimum of C- grade in the individual clinical blog in order to pass the theory component of the module.
60%> Good Demonstrates a good understanding of the facts and principles specific to the topics covered in this module. Demonstrates a good understanding of the assessment and management of patients presenting with a minor illness This equates to a minimum mark of Grade B- in the Grading Criteria.
70%> Excellent An excellent understanding of the facts and principles specific to the topics covered in this module and evidence of additional evidence gained by the student. Demonstrates an excellent understanding of the assessment and management of patients presenting with a minor illness This equates to a minimum mark of Grade A- in the Grading Criteria
Develop confidence in taking safe, targeted histories for a variety of patient presentations
Critically review appropriate additional diagnostics required for accurate patient assessment
Discuss patient management, including referral requirements and signposting for safe practice
Assess, diagnose, manage, treat or refer patients presenting with an acute condition/ minor illness appropriately without medical supervision.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
7 days organised over 2 days a month
Group or one to one tutorials to discuss cases, skill development etc
via clinical competencies
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
- Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
- Caring - Showing concern for others; caring for children, people with disabilities and/or the elderly
- Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
- Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in
Resource implications for students
No additional resources required to teach this module. The student however will require a current DBS, and a range of tools such as a stethoscope. sphygmomanometer etc in order to practice efficiently.
Talis Reading listhttp://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/nhs-4446.html
Chantal, S., Everitt, H., Van Drop, F., Burkes, M. (2014) Oxford handbook of general practice. Oxford
Douglas, G., Nicol, F., & Robertson, C. (2018). Macleods Clinical examination. (14th ed). Churchill and Livingstone: Elsevier.
El-Radhi, S. (2011) Paediatric symptom sorter 1st Ed. CRC Press, Taylor and Francis group.
Hopcroft, H., Forte, V. (2005). Symptom sorter. (5th ed). Oxford: Radcliffe.
Johnson, G., Hill – Smith, I. (2012). Minor illness manual. (5th ed). Radcliffe Publishing.
Johnson, G. (2015). Minor illness under 5. Create Space Independent Publishing.
Perry, M. (2015) Minor illness and beyond: a handbook for nurses in general practice. CRC publishing.
Rutter, P (2017) Community Pharmacists, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. 4th ed. Churchill and Livingstone: Elsevier.