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Minor Illness and Physical Examination Birmingham

Course details

Course title: Minor Illness and Physical Examination Course                       Time: 0900 – 1600hrs (GMT)                   Date: 13 and 14 November 2023 Classroom and 16 November  webinar   Session type: Classroom               Venue: Birmingham                 CPD Accreditation: 30 CPD hour

Course Overview

The Minor Illnesses and Physical Examination in Primary Care course is designed to provide healthcare professionals with the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to effectively diagnose and manage common minor illnesses encountered in primary care settings.

Pre Requisites

  • Be a registered healthcare professional with preferably a  minimum of 2years 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. *** The portfolio supports healthcare professionals new in the role with limited experience seeing and treating patients independently. Experienced healthcare professionals may not require mentorship.

Course Aims

This course aims  to develop your understanding of the principles, techniques, and best practices in the management of minor illnesses, ensuring high-quality care and improved patient outcomes.

Course Objectives

  1. Understand the scope and impact of minor illnesses in primary care.
  2. Develop proficiency in the assessment, diagnosis, and differential diagnosis of common minor illnesses.
  3. Apply evidence-based guidelines and best practices in the management of minor illnesses.
  4. Enhance clinical reasoning skills to optimise patient care in primary care settings.
  5. Improve communication and patient education strategies for minor illness management.
  6. Identify red flag symptoms and indications for referral to specialist care.
  7. Explore preventive measures and strategies to reduce the incidence of minor illnesses.
  8. Foster a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach to minor illness management.

Course Programme

  • Day 1
    • History taking and clinical decision-making
    • Cardio – Respiratory Examination Skills
    • Respiratory Disorders in Primary Care
    • Overview of cardiac disease presentations in primary acre settings.
  • Day 2 
    • Neurological Examination Skills
    • ENT Disorders
    • Eye Disorders
    • Clinical Decision0making in headaches and back pain
  • Day 3
    • Abdominal Examination technique
    • GI Disorders
    • Gynae Conditions
    • Skin Disorders

Teaching Methods

  • Lectures and presentations
  • Case studies and problem-based learning
  • Group discussions and interactive workshops
  • Pre-course workbook and post course Skills Portfolio
  • Role-playing and simulation exercises
  • Reflective journals and self-assessment activities

Who Should Attend?

  1. Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and Physician Assistants (PAs): NPs and PAs often work closely with general practitioners, providing comprehensive care to patients. This course will equip them with the advanced skills necessary to effectively manage minor illnesses and improve patient outcomes.
  2. Primary Care Nurses: Nurses working in primary care settings are often involved in patient assessments, triage, and follow-up care. This course will empower them with the knowledge and skills needed to assess and manage minor illnesses independently or in collaboration with other healthcare professionals.
  3. Pharmacists: Pharmacists are valuable members of the primary care team and play a crucial role in medication management. This course will provide them with a comprehensive understanding of minor illnesses and evidence-based treatment strategies to optimize pharmaceutical care.
  4. Other Primary Care Providers: This course may also benefit other healthcare professionals working in primary care settings, such as paramedics and  allied health professionals who are involved in patient care and management of minor illnesses.


*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.

What’s 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. 6months access to material
5. Classroom teaching inclusive of physical assessment skills for some sessions.

Course Outline

 1: Introduction to Minor Illnesses in Primary Care

  • Definition, prevalence, and impact of minor illnesses
  • Importance of early identification and intervention
  • Common minor illnesses encountered in primary care

2: Assessment and Differential Diagnosis

  • History taking, physical examination, and targeted assessments
  • Recognising red flags and alarm symptoms
  • Differential diagnosis and ruling out serious conditions

3: Evidence-Based Management Strategies

  • Overview of evidence-based guidelines for minor illness management
  • Pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions
  • Integrating patient-centered care and shared decision-making

4: Clinical Reasoning and Decision Making

  • Enhancing diagnostic accuracy and clinical judgment
  • Developing effective treatment plans and follow-up strategies
  • Case-based discussions and problem-solving exercises

 5: Communication and Patient Education

  • Effective communication techniques with patients and families
  • Health literacy and plain language in patient education
  • Strategies for promoting self-care and adherence to treatment plans

6: Referral and Collaboration

  • Recognizing indications for referral to specialist care
  • Facilitating seamless transitions of care
  • Collaborative approaches within primary care teams

7: Preventive Measures and Health Promotion

  • Identifying risk factors and preventive strategies for minor illnesses
  • Immunizations and vaccinations in primary care
  • Health promotion and patient education for preventive care

8: Professional Development and Reflection

  • Ethical considerations in minor illness management
  • Lifelong learning and staying updated on current research and guidelines
  • Reflective practice and continuous quality improvement
***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. 

Other upcoming Minor Illness courses

This course will be held in Birmingham and is a classroom course on 12 and 13 November Birmingham and 16 November as a live webinar.

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