Minor illness: assessment and management


Minor illness: assessment and management

This module will enable health care practitioners to develop a holistic approach to the assessment and treatment of patients with minor health problems that will equip healthcare practitioners to provide evidence-based care in first contact, urgent and primary care settings.

This module will enable students to:

  • Develop a range of skills that reflect an individualized, holistic approach to patient assessment and treatment
  • Demonstrate evidence based practice in the care of a patient with a minor health problem


Learning outcomes:

  1. Critically discuss and evaluate a variety of structured approaches to an assessment of a patient with a minor health problem.
  2. Critically analyse the legal and professional issues relating to autonomous practice of minor health problems.
  3. Utilize evidence-based practice in the assessment and management of a patient with a minor health condition.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to synthesize information in order to effectively manage patients with a minor health condition.
  5. Critically explore the limits and opportunities of the autonomous practitioner role.


Who is the module for? Healthcare practitioners with a minimum of 12 months experience in a relevant clinical setting before starting this module. Practitioners would benefit from undertaking Clinical reasoning in physical assessment: lifespan perspectives or the equivalent before undertaking this module.

Study day code: HP6030X

Number of credits and level of study: 15 credits at level 6. The course is also offered as a postgraduate (level 7) award.

Assessment: Competency assessment document (CAD) and essay

LocationSt George’s, University of London

Pattern of Delivery: 5 days

Module dates*
(9.30am – 4.30pm)

  • 27 April, 4, 11, 18, 25 May 2017 NOW FULL
  • 4, 11, 18, 25 October, 1 November 2017
  • 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 November 2017
  • 15, 22 February, 1, 8, 15 March 2018
  • 26 April, 3, 10, 17, 24 May 2018

*Dates may change

Fee: £800

Module leaderKirsty Armstrong

Programme: This module is part of the Healthcare Practice DipHE/BSc(Hons)/GradCert and Paramedic Practice BSc(Hons)

Contact the PPD Programme Office who will be happy to help you with any queries.