HS955-7-PS-SO:
Consultation and Assessment

The details
2024/25
Health and Social Care (School of)
Southend Campus
Spring & Summer
Postgraduate: Level 7
Current
Monday 13 January 2025
Friday 27 June 2025
30
29 February 2024

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

MSC B906MO Advanced Clinical Practice

Module description

Other health care practitioners are increasingly working outside their traditional boundaries of practice. There is recognition that effective health practitioners are skilled clinicians who enhance the patient experience by bridging gaps in service provision. The quality and safety of patient care is dependent on nurses being adequately prepared for that role. This programme has been designed for experienced nurses working in clinical settings.

Module aims

To advance the students’ ability to undertake complete physical (and where necessary first line mental) examination, analyse clinical data, make judgements, plan and implement treatments as required.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student will be able to:

1. Take a clear and concise medical and psychosocial history from patients
2. Perform appropriate physical examination:
3. Recognise abnormal physical features and diagnostic test results
4. Be able to interpret clinical and psychosocial data and recognise the ill patient
5. Take appropriate nursing action

Module information

Nurses and other health care practitioners are increasingly working outside their traditional boundaries of practice. There is recognition that effective health practitioners are skilled clinicians who enhance the patient experience by bridging gaps in service provision. The quality and safety of patient care is dependent on nurses being adequately prepared for that role. This programme has been designed for experienced practitioners working in clinical settings.

To prepare yourself adequately for this module, you should consider investing in the following:
1. High-speed internet access from work or home (i.e. Broadband or equivalent) so you can access the e learning platform – Moodle, facility adequately.
2. A high quality stethoscope.

Minimum enrolment
Please note that if insufficient numbers of students (i.e. <10) opt to take this module we may have to cancel it at short notice. If this is the case we will of course notify anyone who has applied to take this course in a particular term as soon as possible and offer an opportunity to discuss alternative options.

Learning and teaching methods

Learning & Teaching Methods: Eight structured study sessions conducted at weekly intervals. Informal sessions arranged with a medical mentor within the student s own clinical area. The mentor should also conduct a formative practical assessment towards the end of the course, which will identify knowledge and skills gaps for the students in order that they can confidently approach the summative assessment. One session summative practical assessment The structured study sessions will use a systems-based approach to provide students with the clinical skills and underpinning theoretical evidence to undertake clinical consultation and assessment. These will be 3-hour sessions and they are designed to expose the student to the systematic approach to physical assessment adopted by doctors. In this way, it is hoped that the student will be able to recognise the early onset of acute illness and will be able to furnish the doctor with objective clinical data. The underpinning philosophy of this course, therefore, is that patient safety will be enhanced, and that members of the multi-disciplinary team will work more cohesively towards achieving the ultimate objective, i.e. the best interests of the patient.

Bibliography

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting

Additional coursework information

The reflective portfolio is both a tool for and a record of learning. Documentation of the consultation and assessment requires the nurse to make sense of patients narratives, psychosocial and physical presentations and record this in an order that illustrates diagnostic reasoning. Critical reflection on the actions and decision enhance further understanding of the experience. The portfolio thus facilitates learning and enables assessment of work attainment.

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mrs Simone Glanville, email: simone.glanville@essex.ac.uk.
Alison Taylor-Lamb and a variety of clinical specialists and lecturers.
Administrator: cpdshortcourses@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
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External examiner

Mr Richard Clark
Sheffield Hallam University
Senior Lecturer
Resources
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.

 

Further information

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