A Comprehensive Approach to History Taking and Physical Assessment

Learning Beyond Registration

30 credits at level 6

The aim of this unit is to introduce practitioners to the key skills and knowledge required to take a comprehensive history and physical examination. The programme will specifically enhance the practitioner’s ability to interpret complex clinical information, and patient observations and findings, in order to enhance patient care and management. Students will be encouraged to use appropriate terminology to report deviations from normal in a concise manner to colleagues and the multi-professional team. The utilisation of a variety of teaching and learning strategies will provide students with the opportunity to engage in critical dialogue and debate surrounding the theories and models of history taking and assessment, as well as the ethical and legal frameworks which govern professional practice

The core curriculum includes:

  • A critical analysis and evaluation of the knowledge that underpins systematic
    history taking and assessment of patients in a variety of health care settings
  • Development of knowledge of anatomy and physiology in relation to the
    history taking and physical assessment process
  • An introduction to the concept of history taking and physical assessment, and
    discussion of the key theoretical approaches to these concepts
  • Development of the key skills and knowledge of techniques in relation to
    physical assessment and those required to formulate a strategic management
    plan for the overall care and management of the patient
  • A discussion of the implications of professional role developments, including
    the ethical and legal dimensions of professional practice and corresponding
    communication strategies.

All courses within the LBR portfolio are accredited and these credits can be used towards the BSc (Hons) Professional Practice degree award. For further information on the award, please see the BSc (Hons) Professional Practice entry on the LBR course page or contact lbr@lincoln.ac.uk

Note: All communications will be by email, to place of work email addresses. This includes requests for interview, course confirmations and joining instructions.

Contact Dates

2014 Dates: Full

3 October 2014
10 October 2014
17 October 2014
24 October 2014
31 October 2014
07 November 2014
14 November 2014
21 November 2014
28 November 2014
05 December 2014
12 December 2014

2015 Dates: Full

6 Feb 2015
13 Feb 2015
20 Feb 2015
27 Feb 2015
6 March 2015
13 March 2015
20 March 2015
27 March 2015
10 April 2015
17 April 2015
24 April 2015

Courses are 11 weeks in duration, 1 day per week. In addition, 60 hours supervised practice must be completed, signed and submitted with the portfolio.

The student will be required to identify a clinical supervisor to ensure competencies are met and signed. Supervisors can be: a qualified nurse who has undertaken and passed this course or an equivalent course, or a doctor who is a CT2 or above.

Closing date for applications is 1 Month before start date.

This course may be eligible for funding on LBR programmes, supported by East Midlands LETB, a sub-committee of NHS East Midlands.  Please check website for details at http://lbr.eastmidlands.nhs.uk

Further details, Email: lbr@lincoln.ac.uk