This module aims to enable nurses and other healthcare practitioners to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary for safe performance in the management of minor illness.
As a result of government priorities to improve access to health services a number of changes are taking place that require NHS practitioners other than doctors to expand their roles and become providers of first contact assessment. One area of first contact in which professionals other than doctors are perceived to have a significant role to play is managing care for patients with minor illnesses.
This module will allow nurses and other professionals to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to engage in patient consultation, undertake physical examination and plan and manage care for patients suffering from minor illnesses. Students will be expected to develop knowledge and understanding of the pathophysiology of a range of minor illnesses of various body systems and demonstrate an evidence-based approach to their management.
Minor illness management requires an examination of role expansion and an understanding of the legal framework that supports advanced practice.
Attendance - It is expected that students will attend at least five of the taught days in order to complete the module.
Module learning outcomes
By the end of the module, students will be able to:
Develop knowledge and understanding of the pathophysiology of common minor ailments of various body systems, including the skin, the head and face, the eye, ear, nose and throat, the respiratory system, the abdomen, the genito-urinary system.
Develop and apply history taking and physical examination skills appropriate to minor illness presentations.
Apply the principles of problem solving in making sound clinical judgements and differentiating between minor illness and more serious disorders of body systems.
Critically analyse the evidence based management of a variety of common minor disorders as they are presented in the clinical setting, including referral requirements for safe practice.
Integrate knowledge, history taking, problem solving and physical examination skills with sound diagnostic reasoning and patient management in minor illness care.
Critically appraise the legal and professional implications of role expansion in minor illness care that includes a consideration of safe practice in the assessment and treatment of vulnerable clients.