20 credits at level HE6
The delivery of health care today is contributed to by a diverse range of people and the boundaries that once existed between the different professions are becoming increasingly blurred. Changes in the way that health care is delivered now means that non doctor health professionals are taking lead roles in supporting patients who would of traditionally been cared for by doctors. As a result of this many health professionals need to learn basic skills that were conventionally considered to be within the medical remit. Without access to medical schools learning these skills can be difficult. This module aims to provide an opportunity for professionals to learn clinical examination skills in a structured and organised away whilst receiving academic credit.
Specifically this module aims to teach individuals how to examine adult patients in a systematic and organised way so they can identify abnormalities and pathological changes. The subsequent aim being that participants are able to link these changes to specific disease processes and identify a need for more detailed investigation or referral. As such individuals participating in this module are expected to hold a reasoned understanding of anatomy physiology, and pathology in order that they are able to make sense of clinical findings.
Students will be learning a variety of assessment skills that are relevant to clinical practice today. Specifically students will learn how to communicate with patents in order to gain a presenting history. The module will enable students to recognise the importance of history taking and make an action plan for focused clinical examinations.
Specifically students undertaking this module will be taught to examine and interpret findings that relate to
The Cardiovascular System
The Nervous System
The Genitourinary Systems
The Ears, Nose and Throat
The Muscular Skeletal System
The Suddenly Taken Ill
For each systematic examination students will receive an introductory lecture that outlines the steps that need to be undertaken when examining the specified system. This lecture will include the pathological findings that may be seen indicating need for therapy or referral. Following on from this students will be given an opportunity to practice examination sequences on peers and patient simulators to aid them to internalise the findings.
The group will be split in to smaller teams for practical sessions thus enabling peer support and critique in a safe environment. After students have mastered each systematic assessment case studies will be used to facilitate students to contextualise their learning for clinical practice.
Patient simulators will be used to expose participants to pathological findings that can not be readily identified in healthy specimens. Mock patients notes will be used to promote clinical reasoning skills by providing context to examinations. Students will be given the opportunity to video each other performing examinations and then receive formative feedback on their progress.
On line videos that demonstrate the examination sequence will be available for students to view and revise from. Specifically designed forms will be used to ensure consistent documentation of clinical findings.
The assessment in this module will be in two parts. Firstly observed structured clinical examinations will be used to assess students ability to undertake the varying clinical assessments in an ordered way. Secondly multiple choice assessments will be used to assess students understanding of pathological findings across a broad spectrum of conditions / disease processes.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Communicate with people in a way that enables you to collect an accurate presenting history||
1.1 Describe what motivates and inhibits communication with people in a clinical setting
1.2 Demonstrate ways of extracting information from patients in a focused and relevant manner
1.3 Use and clarify information from patients in order that it may reliably inform clinical decision making
1.4 Provide reassurance and act with sensitivity when interacting with patients
|2.||Perform systematic clinical examinations of adult systems||
2.1 Identify why system groups require examination based upon what the presenting history
2.2 Demonstrate systematic examination of adult patients
2.3 Accurately record the findings of the examination
|3.||Identify abnormalities on clinical examination and link these to working diagnosis||
3.1 List the different abnormalities that may be found in each organ system
3.2 Identify abnormalities where present
3.3 Interpret the significance of abnormal findings in the context of the patients current state
|4.||Apply clinical reasoning skills and plan further investigations / care in the context of patients with abnormal findings||
4.1 Synthesise gathered information and produce a list of differential diagnosis
4.2 Identify the need for further investigations based upon information gathered to confirm diagnosis
4.3 Communicate with patent the findings and possible diagnosis agreeing an action plan
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Observed Structured Clinical Examinations Pass Required||Multiple choice question paper of 50 questions with a 70% correct response required|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
|Host Subject Group:||Health, Social and Community Studies|
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