Diagnosis and Decision Making in Primary Care

Key facts

  • Module codeADPP032
  • Start date 1 Feb 2021
  • Application deadline18 Jan 2021
  • Duration25 weeks
  • Credit value SCQFSCQF 11 40
  • Fees Home: £1340 Overseas: £3464
  • Study mode Part-time

Module overview

This module was developed in collaboration with clinical experts to address the continual development of the advanced nurse practitioner role with a particular emphasis on the primary/community care environment.

The aim of this module is to produce autonomous practitioners who can problem solve, critically evaluate, diagnose and manage common primary care presentations. It requires a baseline of previously attained skills of clinical history taking and physical examination.

Learning will be integrated in an appropriate diagnostic and decision-making framework allowing practitioners to develop an in-depth knowledge, and practical clinical skills base, in preparation for clinical role expansion exercising higher levels of clinical decision making within practice situations.

Work-based learning is a central component of the Diagnosis and Decision Making in Primary Care module and you should have access to patients in your role. This module will facilitate the advanced nurse practitioner to develop the clinical knowledge and expertise in autonomous clinical decision making to facilitate developments in the role.

The module can be completed as a single credit-based module. Alternatively, it may be used as credit towards the MSc Advanced Practice.

Extensive clinical experience and evidence of undertaking the following:

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency (minimum IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL: Listening 23, Reading 23, Speaking 23, Writing 23).

Find out more about fees and funding.

A flexible payment scheme is operated by the University for students who are self-funding.

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  • Synthesise clinical data and patient information to determine early recognition of acute conditions and undertake autonomous clinical decisions to optimise patient outcomes.
  • Comprehensively demonstrate a systematic approach to chronic disease management including exacerbation and complicating factors.
  • Initiate and follow through the management plan for an acutely ill patient to either reassess, escalate, transfer or discharge.
  • Interpret and synthesise relevant clinical diagnostics to formulate the appropriate management plan.
  • Authorise and conduct appropriate interventions including safe and effective prescribing recognising local and National policies and guidelines.
  • Exercise autonomy in complex decision making and recognise the degree of urgency and prioritisation of care management utilising current evidence base.
  • Critically review the impact of interventions and modify management plans accordingly.

This module will be delivered using a blended learning approach and will include a face to face teaching sessions.

Assessment will be a combination of achievement of clinical competencies supported by a range of evidence required to underpin valid and reliable assessment of practice, and Objective Clinical Structured Examinations (OSCEs).

All modules can be linked to specific professional capability/competency frameworks within your practice area. You are encouraged to view your participation within the Masters of Advanced Practice programme as a means of supporting your professional development plans (PDP) and career progression.

This module may be completed as a single credit-based module. Alternatively, you can use it as credit towards the MSc Advanced Practice.

Career opportunities

Completion of the Advanced Practice course provides an opportunity to develop transferable skills. This will optimise the ability of each student to impact on the experience of individuals, families and service providers within a range of clinical, social and pastoral settings within the UK and internationally.

All modules are related to NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF), enabling you to clearly identify the core and specific dimensions within the KSF which can be achieved when you successfully complete your module/programme.