Assessment and Management of Minor Illness

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Course Deliver & Duration

The course will be delivered through a series of interactive lectures, workshops and skills sessions.  The content 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 course, one of which will be for completion of the practical clinical examination. Formative opportunities will be offered to students throughout in preparation for this final practical summative assessment.

Notional Study Time 200 hours (accredited) or 150 hours (non-accredited)
Duration 6 months

Suitable For

Nurse, Registered Healthcare Practitioners, Paramedic


Teesside University UCCE in Assessment and Management of Minor Illness 20 credits levels 6

Outline Content

This six-month course 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.  It 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 will be registered health care professionals working in areas such as primary care, accident and emergency and walk centres.
The content will address holistic assessment of the patient, following a systematic process and working within the limits of the individual’s competence.  On completion 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 (accredited course only)

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. Students on both the accredited and non-accredited courses will undertake part one. Part two is only applicable to accredited students.

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.

Part two is a 2,000 word case study which evaluates the student's management of a patient who attends with a minor illness through reflection on care delivered. Learning outcomes have been mapped against the Knowledge and Skills Framework and successful completion of the module will contribute towards demonstration of achievement of core dimensions 1-6 and the specific dimensions related HWB 1-8, IK2, G2.

Well presented and good content...history taking - realised how many things I was missing previously.