Assessment and Management of Minor Illness

Primary Care Training Centre
Delivery Method: Blended

Course Deliver & Duration

The module will be delivered through a series of interactive lectures, workshops and skills sessions. The content of the module will include anatomy, physiology, and patho-physiology underpinning minor illness and the assessment and management of these patients.

The delivery pattern is one day a month for four months and a final two days at the end of the module, one of which will be for completion of the practical clinical examination. Formative opportunities will be offered to students throughout the module in preparation for this final practical summative assessment.

This course is available as accredited by Teesside University or CPD Certified. On the accredited course, you will need to write a case study as part of your assessment.

Suitable For

Nurse, Registered Healthcare Practitioners, Paramedic


Teesside University UCCE in Assessment and Management of Minor Illness 20 credits levels 6
Certified by the CPD Certification Service

Outline Content

This six-month module is designed to meet the needs of a range of health care professionals working with patients who present to a point of first contact with a minor illness. The module aims to provide students with comprehensive knowledge and skills to assess and manage patients who present with a minor illness or refer as appropriate. Students accessing the module will be registered health care professionals working in areas such as primary care, accident and emergency and walk centres.
The module content will address holistic assessment of the patient, following a systematic process and working within the limits of the individual’s competence. On completion of the module students will be able to assess, treat and manage (or refer appropriately) patients who present to a point of first contact with a minor illness.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive and detailed knowledge of anatomy and physiology across the life span relevant to clinical assessment.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive and detailed knowledge of the pathophysiological changes associated with minor illness.
  • Analyse and evaluate the frameworks and clinical guidelines which inform the management of minor illness.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive and detailed knowledge of common minor illnesses.
  • Synthesise, appraise and evaluate evidence from a range of sources to underpin the care of a person presenting with an acute minor illness.
  • Apply knowledge and skills to the decision-making process in the management of minor illness.
  • Act autonomously in the clinical management of patients will a minor illness and recognise limits of capability.
  • Interpret, analyse and evaluate information obtained during patient assessment and develop a working diagnosis.
  • Plan, implement and evaluate treatment required for patients with a minor illness utilising appropriate assessment tools.
  • Work effectively within the multi-disciplinary team to provide quality care for patients with a minor illness and refer as appropriate.
  • Operate autonomously within legal, ethical and professional boundaries.
  • Engage in academic discussion and present written work commensurate with Level 6

Section Headings

  • Anatomy, physiology and altered pathophysiology across the lifespan relating to common minor illness
  • Principles and techniques of history-taking and consultation skills
  • Systems examination including, respiratory, ENT, gastro-intestinal and musculoskeletal
  • Decision-making skills and clinical reasoning - redflags, and when to refer
  • Clinical management of common conditions including, UTI, abdominal pain, cough and backache
  • Introduction to mental health and the psychological impact on physical health
  • Recognition of a range of simple investigations and interventions to aid diagnosis
  • Multi-disciplinary team working and referral pathways
  • Recognition of the sick child
  • Professional accountability in practice
  • Academic writing


Summative assessment is in two parts. Part one is a pass/fail component undertaken through practical clinical examination. The student will demonstrate their ability to assess and manage a patient who presents with a minor illness. The accredited course will also require completion of a 2,000 word case study.

Dates available on arrangement

Primary Care Training Centre can also create this course for you on arrangement either at your workplace or at one of their locations.

If there are sufficient students (usually 20-24 students), our tutors can come to you at a big saving in time as well as travel and accommodation costs for the students. We call these courses/study days delivered in your area Satellites.

We make it easy to organise training. We come to you and we guarantee improvements in patient care and outcomes. The course content and teaching is identical wherever the teaching days are held. Please contact the Training Centre to discuss how we can assist you with your training needs.
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