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Minor Illness Course MI2405 4 and 5 May 8 June 2024

Minor illness

Course details

Course title: Minor Illness and Physical Examination Course
Date: 11-13 October 2023
Time: 0900 – 1600hrs (GMT)
Session type: Classroom in Portsmouth
CPD Accreditation: 30 CPD hours

Course Summary

The Minor Illnesses and Physical Examination Skills course is designed to equip healthcare professionals with the knowledge and practical skills necessary to effectively assess and manage minor illnesses commonly encountered in healthcare settings. It will focus on developing expertise in conducting comprehensive physical examinations, recognizing common signs and symptoms of minor illnesses, and implementing evidence-based interventions to optimize patient care and outcomes.

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 of the Minor Illness Course, you are encouraged to complete the skills portfolio to enhance your skills in  assessing patients with a range of minor illness conditions. 

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 after attending the minor illness course. *** This minor illness course is suitable 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
  • Independent prescribers
  • Allied health professionals
  • Pharmacists
  • Paramedics
  • Overseas doctors
  • Physician Assistants

Course Objectives:

  1. Develop a comprehensive understanding of common minor illnesses encountered in nursing practice.
  2. Enhance proficiency in conducting systematic and thorough physical examinations.
  3. Recognize and interpret key signs and symptoms of minor illnesses.
  4. Apply evidence-based guidelines and best practices in the management of minor illnesses.
  5. Develop effective communication skills to facilitate patient education and support.
  6. Identify red flag symptoms and indications for referral to other healthcare professionals.
  7. Foster a multidisciplinary approach and collaboration in minor illness management.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to Minor Illnesses
    • Overview of minor illnesses and their impact on patient care
    • Common minor illnesses encountered in nursing practice
    • Importance of early recognition and intervention
  • Physical Examination Techniques
    • Introduction to systematic physical examination approaches
    • Assessment of different body systems and related techniques
    • Hands-on practice and demonstration of physical examination skills
  • Assessment and Recognition of Minor Illnesses
    • Recognizing common signs and symptoms of minor illnesses
    • Diagnostic reasoning and differential diagnosis in minor illnesses
    • Clinical decision-making for effective care planning
  • Evidence-Based Management Strategies
    • Overview of evidence-based guidelines for minor illness management
    • Pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions
    • Integrating patient-centred care and shared decision-making
  • 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
  • Red Flags and Referral Indications
    • Identifying red flag symptoms and indications for referral
    • Collaborating with other healthcare professionals for specialized care
    • Facilitating seamless transitions of care
  • Multidisciplinary Approach and Collaboration
    • Importance of a multidisciplinary team approach in minor illness management
    • Effective communication and collaboration with other healthcare professionals
    • Case-based discussions and interdisciplinary problem-solving exercises
  • Reflective Practice and Continuous Learning
    • Ethical considerations in minor illness management
    • Reflective practice for continuous improvement
    • Staying updated on current research and guidelines

Program Timetable:

  • Respiratory Disorders
    • Overview of common respiratory disorders (e.g., asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pneumonia)
    • Pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, and diagnostic approaches
    • Pharmacological and non-pharmacological management strategies
    • Practical skills training: auscultation, spirometry, and inhaler techniques
  • ENT Conditions
    • Common ENT conditions (e.g., otitis media, sinusitis, tonsillitis)
    • Clinical assessment and diagnostic techniques
    • Medical and surgical management options
    • Hands-on training: otoscopy, nasal examination, and throat examination
  • Eye Disorders
    • Common eye disorders (e.g., conjunctivitis, cataracts, glaucoma)
    • Assessment and diagnostic techniques for eye conditions
    • Pharmacological and non-pharmacological management strategies
    • Practical skills training: visual acuity testing, ophthalmoscopy, and eye drop administration.
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
    • Overview of gastrointestinal disorders (e.g., gastritis, gastroesophageal reflux disease, irritable bowel syndrome)
    • Clinical assessment and diagnostic approaches
    • Medical and dietary management options
    • Hands-on training: abdominal examination and palpation, stool sample collection
  • Gynaecological Conditions
    • Common gynaecological conditions (e.g., menstrual disorders, urinary tract infections, sexually transmitted infections)
    • Assessment and diagnostic techniques for gynaecological conditions
    • Medical and non-medical management options
    • Practical skills training: speculum examination, cervical smear collection
  • Skin Disorders
    • Overview of common skin disorders (e.g., dermatitis, eczema, fungal infections)
    • Clinical assessment and diagnostic approaches
    • Pharmacological and non-pharmacological management strategies
    • Hands-on training: dermatological assessment, wound care techniques

Teaching Methods

  • Lectures and presentations on each topic
  • Case studies and interactive discussions
  • Hands-on skills training using simulation models
  • Practical demonstrations by experienced instructors
  • Group projects and assignments to apply knowledge.
  • Self-directed learning and recommended readings

Assessment Methods:

  • Role-playing and simulation exercises
  • Reflective journals and self-assessment activities
  • Written examinations to assess theoretical knowledge
  • Practical assessments of physical examination skills
  • Case presentations and discussions
  • Continuous assessment of participation and engagement

Other upcoming Minor Illness courses

This 3 day course will be held in Portsmouth.

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