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The Royal Marsden School

Physical Assessment and Clinical Reasoning

Cost

£1932

Delivery method

Face to face and online

Length of module

The module runs over 12 weeks consisting of: 10 half- day virtual classrooms (a student needs to be present at the time). Independent learning consisting of 8 half- days of online content (presentations, videos and discussion boards).

Academic credits and level

30 credits at level 6 or 7

Course summary

This module uses ‘problem based learning’ to develop students skills in history taking and physical assessment. The theoretical principles of these topics are delivered all on line (at present) using videos, presentations and interactive sessions. Case studies are discussed which will enable students to analyse clinical information gathered to generate differential diagnoses using clinical reasoning.

Before beginning an application for any of our Advanced Clinical Practice modules or programmes you need to download the following document and work your way through it.  The completed forms will need to be uploaded along with your professional qualification certificate(s) and your application will not be considered without them:

Download the pre-application form here

Brings theoretical and practical learning together brilliantly. Looking back now, I gained confidence and competence to apply complex skills learnt over 13 to 15 weeks. 

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This module is in association with:

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Key topics

  • Advanced physical assessment skills
  • Comprehensive patient history taking
  • Analysis and interpretation of clinical findings
  • Generation of differential diagnoses
  • Using clinical decision-making to narrow the field of differential diagnoses
  • Legal and ethical issues
  • Empowerment and accountability
  • Risk management (‘safety netting’ and ‘red flags’) and dealing with uncertainty

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module at Level 6 you should be able to demonstrate achievement of the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate the necessary skills required to assess, analyse, and interpret data in order to offer differential diagnoses
  • Critically discuss clinical decision making theories used in producing a range of differential diagnoses within the student’s clinical role
  • Critically discuss the concept of patient-centered care in relation to the role of the specialist practitioner
  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of the place of advanced practice within the multidisciplinary team

On successful completion of the module at Level 7 you should be able to demonstrate achievement of the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate the complex skills required to assess, analyse, and interpret data in order to offer differential diagnoses
  • Critically analyse clinical decision making theories used in producing a range of differential diagnoses within the student’s clinical role
  • Critically reflect on your patient consultation using a reflective tool
  • Critically explore the concept of patient-centred care in relation to the role of the advanced practitioner
  • Critically discuss how the development of advanced assessment and clinical reasoning skills affect the student’s progression as an advanced practitioner
  • Utilise underlying knowledge of relevant pathophysiology to support clinical reasoning in physical examination
  •  Synthesise wider legal, ethical, and health promotion issues within the context of advanced practice 

Dates

January Cohort- Limited availability

  • Monday 10 January 2022- Virtual Classroom & Independent Learning
  • Monday 17 January 2022- Virtual Classroom & Independent Learning
  • Monday 24 January 2022- Virtual Classroom & Independent Learning
  • Monday 31 January 2022- On site
  • Monday 7 February 2022- Virtual Classroom & Independent Learning
  • Monday 14 February 2022- On site
  • Monday 21 February 2022- Virtual Classroom 
  • Monday 28 February 2022- Virtual Classroom & Independent Learning
  • Monday 7 March 2022- On site
  • Monday 14 March 2022- Virtual Classroom & Independent Learning
  • Monday 21 March 2022- MOCK OSCE
  • Monday 4 April 2022- OSCE

March Cohort

  • Tuesday 1 March 2022- Virtual Classroom & Independent Learning
  • Tuesday 8 March 2022- Virtual Classroom & Independent Learning
  • Tuesday 8 March 2022- Virtual Classroom & Independent Learning
  • Tuesday 15 March 2022- Virtual Classroom & Independent Learning
  • Tuesday 22 March 2022- On site
  • Tuesday 29 March 2022- Virtual Classroom & Independent Learning
  • Tuesday 5 April 2022- On site
  • Tuesday 12 April 2022- Virtual Classroom
  • Tuesday 26 April 2022- Virtual Classroom & Independent Learning
  • Tuesday 3 May 2022- On site
  • Tuesday 10 May 2022- Virtual Classroom & Independent Learning
  • Tuesday 24 May 2022- MOCK OSCE
  • Tuesday 7 June 2022- OSCE

Entry requirements

  • Applicants must be working in a clinical role for a minimum of 15 hours per week for the duration of the module
  • A minimum of 3 hours protected clinical time each week (outside normal nursing duties) working alongside an experienced clinician to practice history taking and physical examination skills
  • Applicants need to be 2 years post qualified to do the stand-alone module
  • A Practice Facilitator who is a medical practitioner or experienced Registered Nurse with a Physical Assessment qualification   

Assessment

30 hours of supervised and certified clinical practice (working alongside a nominated Practice Facilitator); 2 station OSCE; practice portfolio and:

  • Level 6: Oral presentation
  • Level 7: 1000 word critical reflection and oral presentation

Student support

Tutorials with the module leader or personal tutor are available if students require additional help with the planning and writing of their assignments. Email and telephone support is also available from the module leader/personal tutor. 

The Royal Marsden School uses an online environment called Moodle which students must access during their studies to support and enhance our courses. The site provides resources and communication tools. All students will be provided with a username and password to access module specific sections as well as general learning support such as study skills and library resources. Students also have access to the David Adams Library and Electronic Resource Centre. 

To get the best from the live video-conferencing sessions and enable you to participate fully you should have access to a computer or laptop with a camera and microphone. If you have any concerns or need help, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Related pathways

We anticipate high demand for this module and will only process fully completed applications with funding confirmation. Please do not apply if you do not have funding confirmed.