Minor illness and injuries – the principles and practice of management for unscheduled care (degree and masters level)

Key features

  • Develop the underpinning knowledge and professional understanding of the practical and theoretical management of patients presenting with common minor illness and injuries across healthcare settings.
  • Consider the clinical, legal and ethical boundaries and recognise the limitations within your scope of practice and working environment.
  • Build on your prior experience of dealing with minor injury and illness.
  • Learn about the underpinning theory of anatomy and physiology, clinical assessment and specific history taking using a system approach to go on to diagnose using appropriate evidence-based practice, to ensure appropriate, safe case management and safety netting.
  • Module content includes (not exhaustive): history taking, pain assessment, red flags, referral processes, safety netting, management plans.

Module code

HEAD382 / APP743

Credits

40

FHEQ level

Level 6 - bachelors degree

Level 7 - masters degree

Location

Plymouth

HEAD382 course details (degree level)

At the end of the module you will be able to:

  • Evaluate the legal and ethical principles associated with autonomous practice, clinical decision making and risk stratification.
  • Demonstrate and critically apply high-level clinical knowledge when assessing a variety of body systems, with an additional highlighted focus on the underpinning anatomy and physiology.
  • Reflect on your effectiveness as an autonomous practitioner, with reference to the management of minor illness and minor injury in individual clinical settings.
  • Provide critical analysis of evidence-based management of minor illness and minor injury.
  • Analyse the professional issues, decision-making theories and national policies surrounding advancing practice and urgent and emergency care.
  • Demonstrate sound clinical reasoning and understanding of the complexities of the diagnosis and management of the older patient, the child, and the pregnant patient in the context of the presentation of a minor illness or injury within your scope of practice.

Assessment

The assessment for this module is a written assignment and a work-based competency e-portfolio.

APP743 course details (masters level)

At the end of the module you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the legal and ethical principles associated with autonomous practice, clinical decision making and risk stratification.
  • Demonstrate and critically apply high-level clinical knowledge when assessing a variety of body systems, with an additional highlighted focus on the underpinning anatomy and physiology.
  • Critically reflect on your effectiveness as an autonomous practitioner, with reference to the management of minor illness and minor injury in individual clinical settings.
  • Provide an advanced critical analysis of evidence-based management of minor illness and minor injury.
  • Critically analyse the professional issues, decision-making theories and national policies surrounding advancing practice and unscheduled care.
  • Demonstrate sound clinical reasoning and critical understanding of the complexities of the diagnosis and management of the older patient, the child, and the pregnant patient in the context of the presentation of a minor illness or injury within your scope of practice.

Assessment

The assessment for this module is a written assignment and work-based competency e-portfolio.

Module dates

The taught dates for this module at both levels are 24 April, 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 May, 5, 12, 19 and 26 June and 3 and 10 July 2019.

(Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change – always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit).

Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers. In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date. Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers.


What programmes can these modules count towards?

The degree level module can be studied as a standalone module or as an optional module for BSc (Hons) Professional Development in Health and Social Care.

The masters level module can be studied as a standalone module or as an optional module for MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Nursing and Midwifery Professions) and MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Clinical Practitioner).

For further information please contact the Professional Development Unit.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for the module you must:

  • be a registered health and social care professional working in clinical practice
  • have previously studied at level 5 (i.e. foundation degree or equivalent) in order to study the module at degree level
  • have previously studied to graduate level (i.e. level 6) in order to study the module at masters level.

Each student will be considered and advised individually (where required) by the programme team and Professional Development Unit (PDU). Please contact the PDU or programme lead if you have any queries regarding your situation.

Fees and funding

Funding

This module is commissioned by Health Education England and you may be eligible for funding through your employing organisation. To apply please contact your organisation’s education coordinator who will guide you through the application process.

Fees

For those who are self-funding, please see our professional development module fees page.

How to apply

To apply for this module or for any queries regarding enrolment please contact the Professional Development Unit Admissions Team

Email: pduadmissions@plymouth.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)1752 586951

Visit: Professional Development Unit, Level 4 Rolle Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, United Kingdom

Opening hours: 9.00am to 4.30pm