Minor Injuries for Advanced Practitioners (Level 7)
Nursing, Allied Health Professionals, Ambulance Service
January 2019 TBC
Acute, Critical, Emergency and Urgent Care
Healthcare professionals in primary and secondary care may be expected to manage patients presenting with a minor injury. It is essential to be equipped with the appropriate skills to formulate a diagnosis and ensure evidence based care. You will learn the importance of good history taking including the mechanism of injury to support sound clinical reasoning relevant to the injury and recognise ‘red flags’. You will learn to employ a range of assessment and examination strategies in a wide range of presenting conditions and negotiate evidence based management with your patient. The module will enable you to provide safe, effective and timely management of minor injuries in primary and secondary care settings.
Is this course for me?
For health care professionals, whose practice involves the assessment and management of patients with minor injuries. These professionals may include any health professional involved in the provision of urgent care, e.g. practice nurses, community nurses, nurses working in A & E departments/minor injury units, walk-in centres, Emergency Care Practitioners and paramedics.
What will I learn?
By the end of the module the student will be able to:
1. Demonstrate comprehensive physical assessment of relevant body systems e.g. musculoskeletal, neurological
2. Develop a critical and empathic understanding of the psychosocial and cultural factors affecting patient presentation with minor injuries
3. Demonstrate a deep level knowledge of the principles of assessment, recognition of red flags and consideration of the differential diagnosis in planning care of patients with minor injury
4. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the complexities of multiple pathologies in patients presenting with minor injuries
5. Demonstrate critical appreciation of safe prescribing conventions and the supply of medicines including the pharmacology of any medications that the student may be able to supply
6. Demonstrate critical awareness of ethical and legal issues that may impact on practice
7. Demonstrate the ability to communicate and negotiate effectively to empower the patient in the management of an episode of care, this will encompass enhanced consultation skills and development of a therapeutic relationship ( history taking, negotiation, planning & safety netting are implicit to the consultation)
8. Demonstrate advanced clinical and decision making skills in managing patients presenting with minor injury
9. Demonstrate effective collaboration with other health professionals and other agencies, making appropriate patient referrals whilst acknowledging limitations to service provision.
10. Critically evaluate current research and evidence in relation to managing minor injury presentations and apply to practice.
How will I learn?
Face to Face learning
To be confirmed
*Please be advised that the course dates and timings may change
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