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Minor Illness and Physical Exam Course 14 15 16 December 2023

Course details

Course title: Minor Illness and Physical Examination Course
Date: 14-16 December 2023
Time: 0900 – 1600hrs (GMT)
Venue: Battersea, SW11 3UJ
Session type: Classroom Course 14 and 15 December and webinar 16 December 2023
CPD Accreditation: 30 CPD hours

Course Summary

This course is for registered healthcare professionals working towards advanced roles seeing and treating adults in primary care and community settings including general practice and walk in pharmacies. A case study approach is used to explore differential diagnoses, and pharmacological and non pharmacological interventions including safety netting and worsening care advice. 

On completion you will be have developed skills in assessing patients with a range of minor illness conditions of the respiratory, abdominal, gastrointestinal, dermatology, ENT, eye conditions, gynae, sexual health, contraception and mental health presentations in urgent care, general practice, walk in centres and community settings.

Pre Requisites

  • Be a registered healthcare professional with a minimum of 2 years post qualifying experience.
  • Relevant workplace opportunities and organisational support with an identified mentor is encouraged to support completion of skills portfolio in clinical environment and improve competence. *** This is only for healthcare professionals new in the role with limited experience seeing and treating patients independently.

***Completion of this course does not award competence or the title of Advanced Practitioner. This is obtained with experience, mentorship and completion of relevant educational courses.

Who should attend

  • Nurse Practitioners, practice nurses and general nurses
  • Independent prescribers
  • Allied health professionals
  • Pharmacists
  • Paramedics
  • Overseas doctors
  • Physician Assistants


This course aims to develop skills in clinical decision-making, identifying red flags and management of minor illness presentations in general practice, urgent care and walk-in centres. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of pathophysiology in management of minor illnesses.
  • Critically consider ethical and legal issues that influence decision-making in seeing and treating minor ailments and working in independent roles.
  • Reflect on risk management constraints when planning a safe discharge or referral to other agencies and members of the multidisciplinary team.
  • Develop skills in ensuring clinical practice is evidence based through engagement with local organisation policy and current health strategy in primary care.
  • Recognise importance of multi-professional working for effective and safe management of minor ailments.


There is an optional skills portfolio and a pre-course workbook for self directed learning.
*Please contact the course director or speak to the relevant university if you wish to APeL this course into a Masters or Degree Advanced Practice programme.

Whats included?

1. Booklet for each learning unit.
2.. Review zoom session recordings discussing MCQs and case studies.
3. Access to the Minor Illness update.
4. 3months access to material

Course Programme

Day 1 09h00 – 16h00  Classroom

  • History Taking in Minor Illness
  • Cardiovascular and Respiratory Exam
  • Respiratory Disorders in primary and urgent acre settings
  • ENT Examination – Practical Skills
  • Ear Nose and Throat conditions including an overview of dizziness and vertigo

Day 2  09h00 – 16h00  Classroom

  • Neurological Examination: Overview of upper and lower motor neurones
  • Headache and Back Pain
  • Eye Disorders
  • Abdominal Pain and practical examination skills

Day 3 Webinar 

  • Clinical Decision-making in Skin Disorders – Dr Varun Vijay Kumar specialist interest dermatology and skin disorders in darker skin
  • Abnormal Uterine Bleeding and Gynae Conditions – This session can be accessed on 13 November 2023 with Dr Hayley Jenkins, GPwSI Women’s Health

E-learning Modules

  1. Mental Health Disorders
  2. Antimicrobial Stewardship
  3. Use of Emollients and Steroids in Dermatology
  4. Contraception overview

Other upcoming Minor Illness courses

14 and 15 December classroom sessions and 16 December is a webinar