Clinical Assessment and Diagnostics HEA4025_N20


This module is currently being phased out and is not available to any student not already registered on a relevant programme.

The module has been designed to enable health care professionals to develop the knowledge and skills required to elicit and record an accurate clinical history and perform a clinical examination focusing upon the major body systems. Successful interpretation of clinical diagnostic results, so as to inform a clinical management plan, is a key element within this module.

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Module Code: HEA4025_N20
Level: 7
Credits: 20
Cost: -

Who is this module for?

Practising healthcare professionals working within primary and secondary care. Practitioners currently working in walk-in centre, specialist clinics, GP Practices, health care centres and in acute trusts will find this module beneficial. Practitioners accessing this module would normally have a minimum of three years post qualification experience in the health care setting.

What are the key aims of the programme?

The aim of this module is to develop your cognitive and clinical skills with regard to the consultation process, clinical examination of major body systems and interpretation of diagnostic data.

What will I study?

  • Clinical History;
  • Clinical Examination including respiratory, cardiovascular, abdominal and neurological;
  • Interpretation of clinical data including arterial blood gas analysis, ECG, x-ray, biochemistry, haematology and bacteriology.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment for this module will be an unseen written examination and Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).

This module should run concurrently with module HEA4241 - Developing Practice Capability in Advanced Care. This will enable you to practice the skills that you have learnt in the classroom on HEA4025_N20, within your own clinical area and others, with the support of an appropriately qualified health care professional, such as, an Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist or Doctor, to act as your Practice Supervisor. You should discuss this practice-based module with your practice educator to ensure that your workplace is able to support you prior to applying for the two modules together. Completing both modules will give you a total of 40 credits at level 7.

On successful completion you will:

Obtain and record a detailed and accurate clinical history for a diverse range of clinical presentations, perform a clinical examination of major body systems and interpret clinical diagnostic results. Utilising this information you will be able to formulate and document an appropriate management/treatment plan.

Study Dates and Venues

Further Information

Module availability varies from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Due to the popularity of some modules it may be that the module is fully booked when your application is received. We will include your details on a waiting list and allocate you a place on the next available intake.

We encourage you to apply as early as possible to give you the best chance to obtain a place on your preferred cohort, module applications will close as soon as the module is full. Applications received within two weeks of the start date may have to be considered for a later cohort.

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This module is an optional module for the following programmes:

  • MSc Leadership Development
  • MSc Advanced Clinical Practice
  • MSc Professional Clinical Practice