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Advanced Practice: Minor Illness Course

Welcome to our Advanced Practice: Minor Illness course for advanced nurses practitioners, junior doctors, allied healthcare professionals and overseas doctors looking to  work in primary care. This minor illness course will provide healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills to assess and treat patients presenting with minor illnesses or ailments.

 Why should you enrol on this course?

This course will prepare you for the advanced practitioner role and is aimed at nurses and allied health professionals working within primary care and unscheduled care settings. This minor illness course promotes safe patient care and prioritising patients to receive a high standard of evidence based, individualised care. The course will support your journey in advanced practice to work independently by developing your skills and competence to assess, treat or refer patients and recognise limitations in your own practice. 

 The Minor Illness Course can be accessed in 3 Formats

                                      ELEARNING                                                             CLASSROOM                                                                  WEBINAR


This minor illness course is for advanced nurse practitioners, allied  healthcare practitioners and  independent non medical prescribers 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 of the Minor Illness Course, you will be able to assess 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 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 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
This  minor illness course is for nurse practitioners, pharmacists, advanced paramedics and allied healthcare professionals wishing 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 
  • *On completion, you are encouraged to complete the skills portfolio in your clinical environment supported by a mentor. You will develop skills   to assess patients with a variety of presenting complaints  and undertake assessment and treatment of minor illness conditions of the respiratory, abdominal and gastrointestinal systems, dermatology, ophthalmic, ENT, sexual health, musculoskeletal, mental health.

    There is an MCQ to be completed at the end of each learning unit on this minor illness course.
    Whats included?
    1. Booklet for each learning unit.
    2. Audio recorded presentation by a specialist in the area.
    3. MCQ to be passed.
    4. Review zoom session recordings discussing MCQs and case studies.
    5. Free place on the Minor Illness update.

    6. 3 months access to material


    CPD Hours: 30 Accredited by CPDUK



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