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Professional course

Physical Assessment and Clinical Reasoning of the Presenting Child

20 credit, level 3 or Masters level module

About this course

Course code:
UZUSWE203
Applications:
University
Level:
Professional/Short Course
Department:
Nursing and Midwifery
Campus:
Glenside
Course director:
Dom McCutcheon

Page last updated 4 October 2016

Introduction

On successful completion of this Physical Assessment and Clinical Reasoning of thePresenting Child level 3 (UZUSWE-20-3) module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the evidence base underpinning physical assessment and clinical reasoning.
  • Differentiate between normal and abnormal variants of physical assessment and their clinical significance in children and young people.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of concepts related to anatomy, physiology and clinical reasoning that supports recognition of common illnesses in children and young people.
  • Safely and effectively conduct a clinical examination within the practitioners chosen field, according to universally accepted standards, and demonstrate accurate documentation.
  • Use clinical reasoning to enhance analysis of diagnostic findings in children and young people while working in partnership with child and family.
  • Identify and evaluate outcomes from a physical and developmental assessment in children and young people.
  • Exercise clinical judgement and  formulate an action plan based on the findings of the clinical examination.
  • Apply the process of physical assessment and clinical reasoning to the students own clinical practice.

Masters level (UZUSWD-20-M) module:

  • Demonstrate an indepth underpinning knowledge and skill in advanced clinical examination of children.
  • Differentiate between normal and abnormal variants of the physical assessment and their clinical significance in children and young people.
  • Develop an indepth knowledge and understanding of anatomy and physiology that underpins clinical examination in children and young people.
  • Safely and effectively conduct an advanced clinical examination within the practitioners chosen field, according to universally accepted standards and demonstrate accurate documentation.
  • Critically analyse and interpret findings of an advanced clinical examination in children and young people.
  • Use clinical reasoning to enhance critical analysis of diagnostic findings in children and young people.
  • Exercise clinical judgement and formulate an action plan based on the findings of the examination while working in partnership with child and family.
  • Critically reflect on their practice with supporting research and demonstrate the ability to change their practice accordingly.

Entry requirements

Registered Practitioner in a position of Advanced Practice or aspiring to such a position.

Clinical responsibility for children or working within children and young peoples field of practice.

Careers / Further study

This module can contribute to the following:

  • BSc (Hons) Professional Studies  
  • BSc (Hons) Specialist Practice
  • MSc Advanced Practice
  • MSc Specialist Practice

Structure

Content

Skills

  • Systematic history taking including developmental assessment
  • Use of assessment tools for recognising normal and abnormal findings in children and young people
  • Introduction to use of frameworks for clinical reasoning
  • Introduction to differential diagnosis and patient risk assessment
  • Introduction to investigations and relevance to practice

Scientific Knowledge

Foundations of relevant anatomy and pathophysiology

Introduction to clinical findings related to head to toe physical assessment with application to related disease processes.

  • Respiratory examination in children
  • Cardiovascular examination in children
  • Abdominal examination in children
  • Neurological examination in children
  • Musculoskeletal examination in children (Paediatric Gait Arms Legs Spine pGALS)
  • Examination of the newborn.
  • Head, Neck, Skin, Ears, Eyes, Nose and throat examination
  • Rationale for diagnostic investigations and relevance to practice
  • Adolescent consultation skills

Context of physical assessment and clinical reasoning

  • Legal/ethical principles in children's and young peoples practice (inc. consent, confidentiality and partnership working)
  • Clinical governance and safeguarding in children's practice
  • Evidence based practice
  • National and local initiatives for changing roles in Children's advanced practice
  • Health Promotion
  • Red Flags and safety netting in Children's practice
  • Communicating and building rapports with child young person and their family

Learning and Teaching

A variety of approaches will be used which may include:

  • E-learning including Blackboard,
  • Lectures,
  • Practical sessions,
  • Seminars,
  • Master-classes,
  • Analysis of case studies.

Formative OSCEs undertaken throughout the module will contribute to use as part of your learning strategy for physical assessment.

Study time

48 contact hours. These will take the form of; lectures, group activities, case study presentations and practical practice sessions.

Assessment

Level 3

Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).

You are required to independently conduct an advanced clinical examination under controlled conditions in the form of an Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). To include history taking station plus one system station.

2000 word critical analysis and evaluation of an eclectic log of clinical examinations undertaken by you in practice. This is an opportunity for you to critically evaluate your practice and clinical examination techniques with supporting research.

Masters level

Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).

You are required to independently conduct an advanced clinical examination under controlled conditions in the form of an Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). History taking station plus two systems stations.

2000 word diary report based on critical analysis and evaluation of two clinical examinations undertaken by you in practice. This is an opportunity for you to critically evaluate their practice and clinical examination techniques with support of the evidence base and demonstrate the ability to change their practice accordingly.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Please visit full fee information to see the price brackets for our modules.

Priority will be given to applications received through our funded educational contracts.  Unfortunately no places will be available on this module for applications received outside of this funding.  Please check with your employer as a funded contract place may still be available to support your learning.

Dates

Please see our timetable for full date information.

How to apply

How to apply

You will apply online for your CPD modules, which you can take as stand-alone courses or as part of an undergraduate or postgraduate (Masters level) programme.

Please note: Priority will be given to applications received through our funded educational contracts.  Unfortunately no places will be available on this module for applications received outside of this funding.  Please check with your employer as a funded contract place may still be available to support your learning.

Our how to apply page can assist you with further information prior to submitting your online application. 

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