Physical Examination Skills 5 6 7 October 2022 PSE1022

Time: 10h00 – 16h00.  CPD Hours: 20 Accredited by CPDUK.  3 Day Classroom course Cost: £450.00 plus vat
Course Summary

This 3 day workshop provides a comprehensive guide to performing clinical examinations. This course is suitable for nurses, pharmacists, paramedics and allied health professionals who regularly assess patients and will develop your skills in using a systematic approach when performing a clinical examination.

Who should attend?

All registered nurses and allied healthcare professionals

Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists, Paramedics, community matrons

Pre Requisites

Registered healthcare professionals with the NMC, HCPC or GPHC with a minimum of 1 year post qualifying experience.


This 3 day course aims to develop your clinical examination skills in assessing the cardio-respiratory, abdominal, neurological and auditory ssystems.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop a basic understanding of the anatomy of the heart, lungs, abdominal and ENT systems.
  2. Undertake a structured approach to history taking and clinical examination of the main body systems.
  3. Critically consider anatomical and physiological principles to undertake an effective clinical assessment and develop a differential diagnosis.
  4. Develop a systematic approach to safely assess and manage patients , including history taking and identification of red flags.
  5. Develop skills in top to toe examination.
  6. Recognise normal and abnormal findings when performing a physical examination and when to escalate management.

Course Outline

  • Cardiac assessment, examination and common abnormalities. Recognising symptoms of heart failure, abnormal heart sounds and hypertension.
  • Respiratory System : Auscultation of the chest. Identifying different lung sounds and associated red flags. Recognising symptoms of pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma and chest infection
  • Abdominal Assessment: Examination of the abdomen and identifying of underlying structures. Recognising an acute abdomen, appendicitis, liver disease, IBD and other common abdominal disorders
  • Neurological Assessment: Cranial Nerves, Upper and Lower motor neurones, tone, power and sensation including co-ordination and reflexes. Recognising hyper and hyporeflexia, neurological disorders and upper and lower motor neurone disorders.
  • ENT Exam: Examination of the ear to identify the normal landmarks of the ear, otitis media or externa, disorders of the tympanic membrane and an overview of dizziness.
  • Eye Examination : Examination of the eye and recognising opthalmological emergencies.


There is a “MOCK OSCE” at the end of the session. This is for learning purposes and there is no requirement to have a formal PASS grade.

Whats Included

  • Handouts
  • Skills Competency Document
  • Classroom session
  • **** Limited places available

***Attendance of this course does not award competence. You are encouraged to identify a mentor should you wish to increase your competence in performing a structured physical examination.

Lecturer: Dorthe Swaby-Larsen

Lecturer: Dr Shemin Vya

Cardio-Respiratory Examination

CVS Exam
Cardiovascular Disease in General Practice
Cardio-Respiratory Assessment Exam
Respiratory Examination

Abdominal and Neurological Examination

Abdominal examination
Neurological Assessment
Pain assessment

ENT and MSK Examination

MSK Assessment
MSK Lower Limb Examination
ENT Examination

Skills Portfolio

Skills Competency Document


Evaluation Form

Classroom session in Battersea sw11 3uj

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Enrolled: 11 students
Duration: 20
Lectures: 12
Level: Intermediate
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