Module code: HCRM011

Module Overview

The module aims to build on the existing clinical knowledge base of qualified health care professionals through introducing alternative patient assessment skills. These new or re-visited skills will provide tools to critically assess commonly encountered patient presentations in the

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

SNOOK V Mrs (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

  • Anatomy & physiology specific to common low acuity patient presentations

  • Consultation models

  • History taking

  • Examination technique

  • Upper Respiratory presentations

  • Abdominal presentations

  • Ear, Nose and Throat examination

  • Musculoskeletal injuries assessment

  • Treatment options and management plan

  • Documentation & recording findings

  • Legal & ethical aspects

  • Accountability issues related to autonomous practice

Service user involvement

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate safe, competent and evidence based clinical assessment and management of common low acuity presentations.

Summative assessment:

A clinical log allowing a supervising clinician to oversee and feedback on clinical competency of the management of a range of common low acuity patients. (Learning Outcomes 1, 2 and 3)


Please note that any evidence of unsafe practice or breach of confidentiality will result in an automatic refer for the module.

Module aims

  • Enhance exisitng patient assessment skills
  • Critically explore differentially diagnosis
  • Investigate frameworks to compliment autonomous management of low acuity patients
  • Identify personal and professional limitations within the clinical practice setting

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of a range of appropriate systematic assessment tools refining differential diagnosis considerations. KCPT
2 Critically analyse physical signs in the context of low acuity presentations, and the probable significance of such signs KCP
3 Draw on research evidence to support clinical judgements informing safe practice KPT
4 Apply an informed and holistic approach to patient centred care, investigating appropriate referral pathways. PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

  • Encourage students to develop their consultation and clinical assessment approaches to low acuity patients. The inter-professional and integrated approach to teaching and learning reflects the reality of patient centred management, enhancing integrated care.

  • The blended approach to learning and teaching methods include:

  • Use of e-learning platforms and online resources

  • Digital media

  • Clinical simulation both real and virtual

  • Inter-professional group discussions and presentation

  • Case studies/narratives


Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2020/1 academic year.