Physical Assessment and Clinical Reasoning (AHP)

University of the West of England, Bristol
Delivery Method: Face-to-face

This course is part of the SPUC (Specialist Paramedic in Urgent Care) programme and combines theoretical and experiential learning to produce a highly skilled and capable specialist paramedic for the urgent and emergency care arena. To apply you must be a registered practitioner.

The course is offered at Level 3 (Degree) and is delivered at our Glenside Campus.

Course content includes:

  • Skills:
    • Systematic history taking
    • Use of assessment tools for recognising normal and abnormal findings
    • Introduction to use of frameworks for clinical reasoning
    • Risk Assessment.
  • Scientific Knowledge:
    • Foundations of relevant anatomy and pathophysiology
    • Introduction to clinical findings related to head to toe physical assessment with application to related disease processes
    • Rationale for diagnostic investigations and relevance to practice.
  • Health and Safety:
    • Local policy frameworks/regulations
    • Introduction to national policy frameworks/regulations (e.g. IRMER, COSHH).
  • Context of physical assessment and clinical reasoning:
    • Legal/ethical principles
    • Clinical governance
    • Evidence based practice
    • National and local initiatives for changing roles in practice.


The course will use a variety of approaches, including e-learning, lectures, practical sessions, seminars, experts from practice, analysis of case studies and self directed study. Formative OSCEs undertaken throughout the module will contribute to the final summative assessment.

Funding may be available to support your learning. Please contact your Trust Education Lead. If you work in the Private, Independent and Voluntary Sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.

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