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This course is 'Subject to Approval' and has not yet completed the University’s approvals process. Whilst we are confident that the course will be approved, there is the possibility that the course may not run or may be subject to alterations. This course is due to be validated by April 2022 after which we will write to all applicants who have applied for the course to let them know the outcome and of any changes. In the event that a course is not approved the University will make reasonable efforts to offer an alternative course at the University.
Are you a registered healthcare professional working in the community setting or general practice with an interest in caring for adults with acute and long-term conditions? This short course focuses on building your clinical examination skills, communication skills and ability to apply a systematic approach to the physical assessment and monitoring of adults in your care.
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All healthcare professionals require clinical examination skills to accurately assess patients of all ages and inform their healthcare journey. Caring for adults in community and primary care is influenced by multiple complex factors and demands skilled assessment and management. This stand-alone advanced professional development course offered by the University of Bolton will help develop your clinical examination skills in adults with acute and long-term conditions.
Our expert team will guide you through taking a history in a systematic and organised way so that you can distinguish normal from abnormal pathology, identify how acute the episode is, who to refer the case on to and assess the level of urgency. You'll learn how to identify red flags, make sense of your findings, and link them to specific disease processes to aid in the diagnosis of ill health.
We'll support you in developing advanced communication skills. You'll learn to assess a range of systems relevant to community and primary care nursing practice, including (but not limited to) the abdominal, respiratory, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal and integumentary systems. We'll also explore the national and local drivers of integrated working and managing individuals presenting with acute and long-term conditions in community and primary care settings.
Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.
This course offers academic progression in the specialist fields of adult community and general practice nursing.
Home students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £800 for the academic year 2022/23.
Home students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £800 for the academic year 2023/24.
Overseas students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Overseas fee of £800 for the academic year 2022/23.
Overseas students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Overseas fee of £800 for the academic year 2023/24.
Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2022-2023 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for 'Home' fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for 'Home' fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance for EU students web page on www.gov.uk for information.
The fees for a student's course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.
There may be some additional or optional costs associated with this course. These will be published after approval of the programme.
For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:
You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:
You should have to hand:
Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates
Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies
Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role
Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately
Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference
Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.
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If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or email@example.com
As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.
We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.
This advanced professional development course focuses on building your knowledge and understanding of practical examination skills. Lectures are supplemented with practical sessions where you learn the specific skills required for each system discussed during the course. The practical aspects will involve developing clinical examination skills possibly using mannequins, peers and, in some cases, service users in our community simulation suite. We offer a safe and supportive environment where you can develop your clinical examination skills under the supervision of our experienced team.
As well as lectures and tutorials, a range of web-based resources will be made available to you via Moodle, the University's virtual learning environment, to aid you in achieving the knowledge requirement identified. E-learning is also provided via Moodle to enable you to undertake further study in a place and at a time that is convenient for you. This programme adopts a blended learning and teaching style, including online delivery and engagement where appropriate.
Formative assessment supports your learning but does not contribute to your final mark. You'll receive feedback from your tutors and peers that allows you to reflect on your progress and identify what you are doing well and where you may need extra help. Summative assessment tests your achievement of the intended learning outcomes for the course and determines your final mark. For this course, it will involve a written case review and objective structured clinical examinations to assess your knowledge of the systems and findings and apply these in a range of clinical situations.
The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.
The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.
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