COLLEGE OF MEDICINE AND HEALTH
Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Professions

Module

Advanced Clinical Assessment and Decision-Making Skills

Module titleAdvanced Clinical Assessment and Decision-Making Skills
Module codeHPDM133
Academic year2021/2
Credits30
Module staff

Mr Joseph Francis (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks

1

2

Number students taking module (anticipated)

20

Description - summary of the module content

Module description

Advanced clinical practice embodies the ability to holistically manage complex clinical care utilising a biopsychosocial approach. It is therefore imperative that Advanced Clinical Practitioners (ACPs) are equipped with knowledge and understanding of pathophysiological processes, advanced patient assessment techniques and complex decision-making theory to support the analysis and synthesis of complex problems and thus enable innovative solutions.

 

This module therefore aims to prepare you to extend your scope of practice through enhancing your core knowledge and understanding of complex history taking, systems-based physical assessment, diagnostics and decision-making. Using an interactive, multidisciplinary and engaging approach, this module will empower you to work effectively and collaboratively in dynamic clinical environments.  

 

Using a blended learning strategy to include face-to-face workshops, lectures and simulation-based learning sessions alongside a playful and engaging virtual learning environment, you will attend to the 4 pillars of advanced clinical practice though:

  1. Enhancement of your knowledge and expertise surrounding clinical history taking and assessment skills, invasive and non-invasive diagnostic procedures and management strategies.
  2. Critical assessment of your learning needs, engaging in directed and self-directed study whilst fostering a community of multidisciplinary educational practice.
  3. Promoting leadership and management through active engagement in role modelling biopsychosocial, patient-centred practice, engaging in peer-review processes and tackling current challenges in today’s healthcare system.
  4. Actively analysing and appraising the current research evidence-base to utilise in their advancing practice whilst identifying gaps in research.

 

Students attending this module will be registered health and care professionals, bringing with them experience of their own clinical practice and clinical environment/s. This module is suitable for those in specialist role or non-specialists aspiring to become specialist / advanced practitioners or to simply develop your knowledge and experience in this area.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module will support you in the development of advanced communication, history taking, physical assessment and diagnostic decision-making skills essential to advance practice within a biopsychosocial model and you will be able to tailor these skills to your own area of clinical practice. This area of personal and professional development acts as an essential foundation for any clinician wishing to develop into an advanced level of clinical practice. The module will continue to be responsive to core capabilities frameworks aligned to the advance practice agenda for the various clinical professions, ensuring links to employability within their roles.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Form a critical understanding of the biopsychosocial aspects of disease, including key pathophysiological processes, and utilise this knowledge to underpin your assessment and management of patients.
  • 2. Demonstrate critical knowledge and understanding of key decision-making principles and theory outlining how this underpins your assessment and management of patients.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 3. Analyse and appraise the relevant evidence-base and apply this alongside your clinical experience to form a practical approach to the application and educational dissemination of research in advanced practice.

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. Develop your personal and professional ability to act as a role model through the cultivation and dissemination of experience and evidence-based knowledge and skills applicable to advanced practice.
  • 5. Develop your personal and professional ability to act as a role model through the cultivation and dissemination of experience and evidence-based knowledge and skills applicable to advanced practice.

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, an example of an overall structure is as follows:

 

  • A thorough overview of history taking physical examination techniques for all the body systems and their utility in advanced practice
  • Focus on the appropriate use of clinical diagnostics
  • An overview of the biopsychosocial aspects of care
  • Attention to common illness and injury presentations and their assessment/management tailoring this to your clinical practice
  • Focus surrounding underlying pathophysiology including relevant pharmacologic discussion
  • Solidifying this knowledge and understanding through partaking in clinical practice under the supervision of your mentor.
  • Reviewing evidence and experience-based practices
  • Cultivating a community of practice within your student group and encouraging dissemination to the wider healthcare system
  • Understanding application of the taught content to the 4 pillars of advanced practice

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
302700

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities305 x 6-hour contact days. A mixture of lectures, workshops and group-based learning. In the event that face-to-face teaching is not possible due to COVID-19, lectures and group-based learning may be replaced by short pre-recorded videos for each topic (15-20 minutes) and/or brief overview lectures delivered via MS Teams/Zoom with breakout discussions and consolidated by self-directed learning resources and ELE activities. Skills workshops may be replaced by short pre-recorded videos as pre-learning; or workshops via Teams/Zoom.
Guided independent study135Engaging in your chosen clinical environment to gain practical experience of assessing and managing patient systems,
Guided independent study135Engaging with online learning resources

Assessment

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Practice OSCE1 hour1-2Oral feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
50050

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Portfolio-based assessment (Pass/Fail)0A portfolio demonstrating competency in assessing and making management plans for presentations of each of the body systems1-5Written
OSCE - In the event that face-to-face assessment is not possible due to COVID-19, an online OSCE examination will take place and physical assessment will be assessed through your portfolio.5090-minute OSCE assessing competency in the physical assessment and management of system-based patient presentations1-2Written
Poster and presentation - In the event that face-to-face assessment is not possible due to COVID-19, an online poster presentation will be organised. 50A poster of publication quality relating to clinical assessment and decision making3-5Written
0
0
0

Re-assessment

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Portfolio-based assessment (0%)A portfolio demonstrating competency in assessing and making management plans for presentations of each of the body systems1-58 weeks
OSCE (50%) - Please see above description for COVID-19 mitigation.90-minute OSCE assessing competency in the physical assessment and management of system-based patient presentations1-28 weeks
Poster and presentation (50%) - Please see above description for COVID-19 mitigation.A poster of publication quality relating to clinical assessment and decision making3-58 weeks

Re-assessment notes

In the event of you failing any of the assessments, the module will be capped at 49 until the assessment is passed.

 

Portfolio - if you fail to complete enough competencies to pass the portfolio component you will be required to submit any outstanding areas within eight weeks of the original submission date

Resources

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Textbook based resources

 

Macleod's Clinical Examination: With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access, 13e Paperback – 21 Jun 2013 by Graham Douglas BSc(Hons) MBChB FRCP(Ed) (Author)

 

Primary Care for Paramedics – Class Professional Publishing – in press

 

Hopcroft & Forte (2014). Symptom sorter, 5th Ed. London, Radcliffe.

 

Clinical Skills by T.A. Roper – 2nd Edition

 

Cooper, N. & Frain, J (2017) ABC of Clinical Reasoning. West Sussex, John Wiley & Sons

 

Trenoweth, S & Moone, N (2017) Psychosocial assessment in Mental Health. London, Sage

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Virtual Learning Resources:

The Exeter Online Learning Environment (ELE) – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages

Video Masterclasses on clinical decision making and physical assessment – Exeter Medical School

 

Web based and electronic resources:

 

There are numerous Free Online Access to Medical Education (FOAMEd) resources. Whilst many of these resources may not be peer reviewed, there are some that have excellent peer review and are making their way into mainstream education. Examples include:

Emergency Medicine Case - https://emergencymedicinecases.com/

 

Geeky Medics - https://geekymedics.com/

 

East Midlands Emergency Medicine Educational Media - https://em3.org.uk/

 

Stat Dose Podcast - http://statdosepodcast.co.uk/

 

Life in the Fast Lane - https://litfl.com/ 

 

RCEM - https://www.rcemlearning.co.uk/foamed/

 

EMCrit - https://emcrit.org/

Module has an active ELE page

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

Other e-Resources

 

Kumar & Clark's clinical medicine [electronic resource] / edited by Parveen Kumar, Michael Clark

 

Oxford handbook of clinical examination and practical skills / edited by James Thomas and Tanya Monaghan

 

Stockley's drug interactions pocket companion 2016 [electronic resource] / edited by Claire L. Preston

 

Primary Care and Urgent Care RAP Podcast

 

NICE Core Knowledge Summaries

 

British National formulary - https://bnf.nice.org.uk/

 

Acute GP - https://www.acutegpcornwall.com/

Key words search

Advanced practice, clinical assessment, physical examination, diagnostics, research, clinical skills, multidisciplinary 

Credit value30
Module ECTS

15

Module pre-requisites

N/A

Module co-requisites

N/A

NQF level (module)

7

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

03/02/2020

Last revision date

30/07/2020