The fundamentals of health assessment (degree and masters level)

Key features

This 20 credit module is the second of three modules that combine to make up the Advancing Practice short course at both degree and masters level. 

It is designed to enable you as a registered healthcare professional to critically examine and develop in an area of professional clinical practice, across a range of settings, and alongside other healthcare professionals from different disciplines. 

It can be accessed as a standalone module but it is recommended that the greatest benefit from this module is gained when completed as part of the full course. 

It is recommended that you have completed the module  Integrated Advancing Practice in Context (degree level)/Advancing Practice in Context (masters level) before embarking on this module. 

Through a combination of taught workshops, classroom teaching and distance learning you will be guided in practice with a named mentor where you will build on your pre-existing knowledge to further advance your skills in health assessment, clinical examination and clinical reasoning. 

Within the taught component of the module, there will be input from visiting lecturers, clinicians, and managers from health sectors to offer practical and pragmatic input and promote active discussion.

Module code

HEAD367/APP717

Credits

20

FHEQ level

Level 7 – masters degree

Location

Blended learning approach with face to face delivery in Plymouth

HEAD367 course details (degree level)

This module will develop your knowledge of the theory and evidence base on which clinical consultation with patients, carers and peers is based and will use this knowledge to develop your clinical management planning skills to promote high quality, safe, patient-focused care in clinical practice.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate the ability to effectively receive a patient history and analyse the situation to undertake appropriate and effective clinical examination, taking into consideration the psycho-social factors that will influence specific health care needs
  • analyse and contrast specific health belief models and the impact they have on individuals in a health care setting
  • understand clinical reasoning models that influence competent Advanced Practice and how these models influence practice outcomes
  • demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate resource planning to optimise patient safety and work in partnership with patients
  • evaluate contemporary research justifying its value to inform your clinical reasoning.

Assessment

The assessment for this module is in two parts:

1. a learning log

2. a written assignment.

(Please note that these assessment details are provisional – if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit). 

APP717 course details (masters level)

This module will give you comprehensive knowledge of the theory and evidence base on which clinical consultation with patients, carers and peers is based and will enable you to develop and lead on clinical management planning skills to promote high quality, safe, patient-focused care in clinical practice.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • receive a history and critically analyse the findings in relation to the patient’s clinical presentation, taking into consideration the potential for psycho-social factors that will influence their health care needs
  • understand physical assessment process and the part it plays in a holistic assessment of an individual
  • demonstrate a critical understanding of clinical reasoning models that influence Advanced Practice and how these have the potential to influence future practice
  • critically evaluate personal management planning to optimise patient safety and work in partnership with personal patients
  • critically evaluate personal development, identifying your own learning needs, within specialist areas through use of historical analysis of clinical examinations and consultations.

Assessment

The assessment for this module is a written assignment.

(Please note that these assessment details are provisional – if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit).

Module dates

The taught dates for this module are 7, 14, 21 and 28 January, 4 and 11 February 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?

At degree level, this module can be studied as a standalone module, as a core module towards the BSc (Hons) Professional Development in Advancing Practice or as an optional module towards some other BSc (Hons) Professional Development pathways.

At masters level, this module can be studied as a standalone module or as an optional module towards some MSc Advanced Professional Practice pathways.

It is also the second of three modules that combine to make up the Advancing Practice short course at both levels.

For further information please contact the Professional Development Unit. ssssss

Advancing Practice short course (degree or masters level)

This short course of 60 credits at degree or masters level is aimed at registered healthcare professionals currently in practice who wish to enhance their knowledge and gain a qualification at the same time.

Find out more about the short course

Entry requirements

To be considered for a place on these modules you must:

  • be a registered practitioner working in an area of practice that will allow you to meet the module outcomes
  • ideally be in possession of previous study at level 5 (Diploma of Higher Education) or a foundation degree to study the module at degree level or
  • ideally be in possession of previous study at degree level.

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

Funding and fees

Funding

These modules are commissioned by Health Education England (HEE) and you may, therefore, be eligible for funding through your employing trust.

Please contact your Trust’s Educational Co-ordinator who will guide you through the application process.

If you work in the private, independent and voluntary sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.

Fees

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