Advanced Clinical Assessment and Examination (Advancing Practice)
Develop systematic clinical examination skills and gain the knowledge to promote autonomous clinical decision making by synthesising key clinical findings in determining differential diagnosis and management of patients.
This module only accepts applicants with current valid registration from either the NMC, HCPC or GPC.
Usually, a degree or evidence of degree level study is required. Equivalent professional experience can be
Students are usually required to be supported by their line manager to undertake this module. They must also identify a Practice Assessor who will be responsible for overseeing the clinical practice elements of this module.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS Academic or UKVI 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each sub-skill.
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) 62 overall with 60 in each sub-skill.
- IBT TOEFL 80 overall with 18 in reading, 23 in writing, 19 in listening and 21 in speaking.
See our information on English language requirements for more details on the language tests we accept and options to waive these requirements.
A flexible payment scheme is operated by the University for students who are self-funding.
This module will enable you to:
- Demonstrate competence when undertaking clinical history and assessment of individual patients, including clinical examination of physiological systems.
- Synthesise clinical data obtained from the clinical history and assessment of individual patients.
- Evaluate common pathologies within the care context using clinical information.
- Critically examine the challenges in managing and/or appropriately referring and prioritising individual patients with undifferentiated conditions.
- Demonstrate and apply a systematic approach to documentation skills
- Critically reflect on the development of personal and professional practice with regard to role in the clinical history, assessment and examination of individual patients
Structure and content
A student-centred approach to teaching and learning is utilised offering flexibility through an online short course. A blended approach will be used with teaching taking place on a Wednesday using a combination of online synchronous and asynchronous lectures, which will be recorded and can be accessed at any time.
You will have access to a variety of online learning content and activities, discussion boards and opportunity to participate in live audio-visual interactions with fellow students and the Module Co-ordinator.
Optional skills sessions will be offered in the module (this is subject to change).
Delivery and assessment
The module will be delivered predominantly online. The module comprises three assessments:
- Clinical portfolio (60%)
- Clinical learning hours
- Clinical competencies
- Clinical proformas (include reference to the literature)
- Clinical checklists
- Reflective case study (20%)
- 2,000-word critical reflective practice case study
- Online examination (20%)
- Multiple choice timed online examination
Mrs Marianne Fairley-Murdoch
This module will prepare you for a trainee or advanced practice role. You are encouraged to view your participation within this module or as part of the MSc Advancing 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. However, if you wish to exit with a qualification you must enrol on the MSc Advancing Practice programme.
Modules will be offered subject to demand and need to meet a minimum class size of eight students. This module has a cap on the maximum number of students and is extremely popular therefore, you should apply as early as possible. A waiting list may be in operation.
Completion of the Advanced Clinical Assessment and Examination module provides an opportunity to develop clinical decision-making and assessment skills. This will optimise the ability of each student to impact the experience of individuals, families and service providers within a range of clinical settings within the UK and internationally.