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Course Outline

Electronic Pack
6 webinar sessions
Video tutorials
Revision dayAt venueAt venue
OSCE ExamAt venueAt venue
Case study submission
CPD hours150200
Credits20 level 6

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-in 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.

Please note that the July course is only available as Blended. If you wish to undertake the Accredited course, you will need to select the October start. Which option is best for me? See our FAQ section.

Suitable For

Nurse, Pharmacist, Registered Healthcare Practitioners, Paramedic


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



Content Includes

  • Anatomy, physiology and altered physiology 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 – red flags 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
  • Recognition of the sick child
  • Multi-disciplinary team working and referral pathways
  • Professional accountability in practice

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All students will take a practical clinical examination to demonstrate their ability to assess and manage a patient who presents with a minor illness

Students on the university accredited module will also submit a 2000 word written case study.

For more details about how the assessment works for University accredited courses, please see our FAQs section here.

Enjoyed that it is interactive and the whole room contributes to the learning.

Student, North East Lincolnshire