Clinical Reasoning and Physical Examination Skills

Physical examination

Course details

Date: 24-26 April 2024
10h00 – 16h00
12 CPD Hours
£450.00 plus vat

Course summary

This course offers an in-depth exploration of physical examination techniques essential for healthcare professionals. It combines theoretical knowledge with practical skills, aiming to enhance diagnostic accuracy and patient care.


To equip registered healthcare professionals with comprehensive skills and knowledge necessary for conducting thorough and effective physical examinations.


    1. Enhance understanding of the principles and techniques of physical examination.
    2. Develop proficiency in conducting systematic and focused physical assessments.
    3. Improve diagnostic accuracy through the integration of physical findings with clinical history.

Course Agenda

  1. Introduction to Physical Examination
    • Overview of physical examination importance.
    • Basic principles and ethical considerations.
  2. Systematic Approach to Examination
    • Head-to-toe examination technique.
    • Infection control and patient comfort.
  3. Cardiovascular Examination
    • Heart inspection, palpation, and auscultation.
    • Identification of common cardiac conditions.
  4. Respiratory System Examination
    • Inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation of lungs.
    • Recognizing normal and abnormal respiratory sounds.
  5. Abdominal Examination
    • Techniques for inspecting, palpating, and auscultating the abdomen.
    • Identifying signs of abdominal pathologies.
  6. Neurological Examination
    • Assessment of cranial nerves, motor and sensory systems, and reflexes.
    • Identifying neurological deficits.
  7. ENT and Eye Examination
    • Synthesizing physical findings with patient history.
    • Formulating differential diagnoses.
  8. Simulation and Clinical Practice
    • Hands-on practice sessions with simulators and standardized patients.
    • Feedback and skill refinement.

Target Audience:

Primarily designed for medical students, nurses, pharmacists, paramedics and allied healthcare professionals including overseas doctors

Teaching Methods:

A blend of lectures, demonstrations, interactive sessions, and hands-on practice.

Other Practical Courses:

Yes, participants who successfully complete the course and pass the final assessment will receive a Certificate of Completion.This course has 15 CPD credits
This is a classroom course in Battersea. This practical workshop provides the opportunity to practice on colleagues.
This course is for registered healthcare professionals who wish to develop their skills in examining patients. This course is ideal for medical students, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, junior doctors, and any healthcare professional who wishes to enhance their physical examination skills.
re there any prerequisites for enrolling in this course?

A basic knowledge of human anatomy and we recommend 2years post qualifying or registration qualifications.

This is a classroom session at 1 Wimpole Street London.

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