Principles of Physical Assessment Academic Credits

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Location Stafford campus


Course Start

This course runs over two terms throughout the academic year:

Term 1 cont in T2 will be held on Tuesdays 09:30-12:30 for 12 weeks commencing 24th September 2019.  Clinical practice to be completed during Term 2 (January to April 2020).

Term 2 cont in T3 will be held on Tuesdays 13:30-16:30 for 12 weeks commencing 14th January 2020.   Clinical practice to be completed during Term 3 (April to July 2020)

Term 3 cont in T1: will be held on Tuesdays from 13.30-16.30 for 12 weeks commencing 28th April 2020.  Clinical practice to be completed during Term 1  (September to December 2020)




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Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Course outline

Clinical Preceptors form (DOCX, file size: 16.25KB) - This form should be uploaded with your application through My Portal.

In conjunction with a Clinical Preceptor, you will be able to apply knowledge and skills in a focused physical examination of clients. You will develop your decision making skills and be able to interpret findings from your examination process together with being able to record your findings in a clear and concise manner.

Entry requirements

Students will require a preceptor to support them through this module. This should be a GP or hospital consultant/registrar/staff grade or ANP (who has been assessed as competent in physical examination). Students will also need the support of their line manager and a minimum of three years in current working practice.

Employment opportunities

Many NHS Trusts are developing the Advanced Practitioner role as a replacement for junior doctors, given the recent changes in their hours and educational requirements. This module allows the practitioner or potential practitioner to their skills and knowledge in this context, to develop their role and to take on these added responsibilities.

Course content

Structure of the module over two terms allows for clinical skill development that is critically informed by theoretical knowledge. It is expected that you will be able to apply your knowledge and skills from assessing clients/ patients to a variety of assessment skills/ techniques covered in this module and that you will be able to apply and extend your knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology. You must therefore review your knowledge and ensure that you read around the appropriate physiology and pathophysiology applicable to your own clinical knowledge. This process can be evidenced as learning contracts or action plans in the folder of evidence.

Key features

The purpose of this module is to enable you to gain and expand your knowledge and skills in performing physical assessment within your clinical specialty as a health care professional. It will form the foundation for your on-going learning in clinical assessment. A particular feature of this module is the opportunity to advance your physical assessment skills under the guidance of a clinical preceptor.

Programme specification

This module provides health practitioners with the opportunity to demonstrate the development and enhancement of their knowledge and skills through a range of activities, clinical scenarios, MCQ and practice in examination techniques in the skills laboratory. It includes presentation of a case to the clinical preceptor, MCQ examination, and clinical case study. A log of clinical hours and experience will be recorded by the student.


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