SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 40.00
ECTS Credit Points 20.00
Module Code MHB724512
Module Leader Lyndsey Fearns
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • C (May start)-A (September start)
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)
  • S-C (May start)-A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Registered nurse who works in a clinical area where the assessment and management of patients presenting with minor illnesses / injuries comprises a significant proportion of their day-to-day role.

Summary of Content

There is an increasing demand to develop an unscheduled care workforce that is responsive to and reflective of changing health needs, service demands, skill mix and government targets for health improvement. An important element of modernising service will be the delivery of care by highly skilled and autonomous practitioners within an overall framework of Interprofessional practice. This module is specifically designed to address the needs of practitioners working in unscheduled care aiming to meet the challenges and demands faced in delivering high quality care to patients within minor injury/illness settings. This is applicable to those working in accident and emergency departments, minor injury units and primary care settings and out of hour's centres. The module promotes the development of knowledge, problems solving and decision making skills to underpin clinical competence, as transferable skills to utilise the unpredictable and unique clinical situations, which characterise this sphere of practice. The intention is to ensure competence and confidence within the field of minor injury/illness to support a service model, which empowers staff to see, treat, and discharge independently of medical staff.


Immediate assessment and management of minor injuries and conditions presenting in the context of: -360b7 MUSCULOSKELETAL: Shoulder & upper arm; Elbow; Wrist and hand; Digit pulp e.g. fingertip; Knee & Lower Limb; Foot and ankle; Back pain -360b7 SKIN b7 ENT b7 EYE b7 CHEST -357b7 HEAD Adult /Child anatomy and physiology and Pathophysiology to underpin the assessment and management of minor injuries and conditions . Radiological Interpretation of: -360b7 The wrist and hand b7 Knee / lower limb Wound management Assessment and management of common paediatric minor injuries & childhood illness Immediate Assessment and management of Mental health conditions including deliberate self-harm Clinical history-taking in relation to minor injuries/illnesses Protocols and guidelines Patient Group Directives (PGDs): Tetanus and antibiotic vaccination guidelines Professional Legal and issues Health Promotion Reflective Practice Decision-making & evidence-based practice

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module the student should be able to:1 Evidence knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and pathology sufficient to underpin the immediate assessment and management of minor injury/ illnesses, relevant to the unscheduled care environment2 Evidence a structured approach in the clinical assessment and management of children and adults presenting with minor injury/ illnesses to the unscheduled care environment.3 Critically analyse theoretical approaches to critical thinking and decision making in the presentation, assessment and management of minor injuries/illness 4 Critically reflect on the evidence based used to underpin safe and effective practice5 Achieve competence in the assessment and management of children and adults presenting with minor injury/ illnesses to the unscheduled care environment.6 Critically explore the legal, ethical and professional requirements regarding the immediate assessment and management of minor injury/ illnesses, presenting within the unscheduled care environment7 Interpret, evaluate and utilise clinical data to underpin the clinical assessment and management of minor injury/ illnesses 8 Critically analyse, and where indicated, initiate appropriate patient pathways and the need for effective communication within a multi-disciplinary unscheduled care environment9 Critically appraise individual learning needs and development in regards to minor illness/in jury in unscheduled practice10 Critically analyse appropriate strategies in the assessment and management of minor illness/injury, including health education and health promotion models and use of patient group directions.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Students will be supported to develop requisite knowledge and skills via by modified lectures, case study analyses, simulated practice and group work. The module will be made available through GCULearn. Students will be directed to engage with wider reading including access to NHS electronic library and DVD's. The teaching and learning strategy aims to support the development of students' as autonomous, independent problem solvers capable of high level decision makers operating within the parameters of their professional competence, role and employers' agreed vicarious liability (or equivalent). Students, as active and engaged learners, will be responsible for organising self-directed learning. Guidance and tutorial support will be provided to support development of the Clinical Practice portfolio. Student centred learning strategies will be deployed, such as group tutorials and the provision of Learning objects (e.g. handouts, workbooks literature search and appraisal guidance). Supervised clinical practice will provide the forum for practice based learning and assessment of clinical competencies and this will take place at the students' workplace. Supervised clinical practice involves students working alongside a designated practitioner who possesses the skills the student requires to develop and can therefore act as a role model and assessor. This may be a Doctor/ Advanced Nurse Practitioner with the appropriate educational preparation and clinical expertise to facilitate learning in practice. Development of the Clinical Practice Portfolio provides structure and guidance for demonstrating achievement of overall competence to practice. It is comprised of a record of achievement of required clinical competencies based on Benner's (1984) Novice to Expert framework and a record of reflective practice. Individual competencies are assessed on a pass/fail basis.

Indicative Reading

-2 RUSHFORTH, H, 2009. Assessment made Incredibly Easy (UK Edition). London: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. DOUGLAS, G., NICOL, F. & ROBERTSON, F. eds. 2013. Macleod's Clinical Examination . 13 th Edition. Edinburgh. Elsevier Churchill Livingstone. BICKLEY, L. 2016. Bates' Pocket Guide to Physical Examination and history taking . 7 th Edition. London. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. JOHNSON, G., & HILL-SMITH, I. 2012. The Minor Illness Manual. 4 th edition. London. Radcliffe Publishing Ltd. PURCELL, D. 2017. Minor injuries: A clinical guide . 3 rd edition. Edinburgh. Elsevier.-2 CROUCH, R., CHARTERS, A., DAWOOD, M. & BENNETT, P. eds. 2016. Oxford handbook of emergency nursing . 2 nd edition. Oxford. Oxford University Press RAMRAKHA, P., MOORE, K. & SAM, A. 2010. Oxford Handbook of Acute Medicine. 3 rd edition. Oxford. Oxford University Press.

Transferrable Skills

Participation in this module will enable the student to develop the following transferrable skills associated with level 10 study including: Working in a self-directed manner, taking responsibility for own learning, personal development and clinical practice competence. Developing study and IT skills to underpin effective learning. Developing knowledge and understanding in the context of a subject, which can be transferred within different contexts. Demonstrating critical thinking and problem solving skills in a range of situations. Developing communication skills, written, oral, listening and presentational skills. Demonstrating the ability to work as an effective member of a team. Underpinning professional practice through the integration of theory and practice.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 260.00
Tutorials (FDL) 80.00
Independent Learning (PT) 260.00
Assessment (FT) 60.00
Tutorials (FT) 80.00
Assessment (FDL) 60.00
Assessment (PT) 60.00
Independent Learning (FDL) 260.00
Tutorials (PT) 80.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 3 n/a 40.00 40% 2000 word essayExceptions Case 161
Coursework 1 n/a 0.00 n/a Clinical Competencies (Direct Observation of Practice)Exceptions Case 161
Coursework 2 n/a 60.00 40% Reflections on Practice (3000 words)Exceptions Case 161