Minor Illness Management module (PN50149)

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SCQF Level: 11 (Masters Degree)
SCQF Credits: 30
Total student effort: 300 hours

Available: January

This module is an option module on the MSc Advanced Practice programme and can be taken as a stand-alone module.

General Practice Nurses

NHS Education for Scotland provides funded places on this module. The funding is for nurses working in General Practice in Scotland. To apply for a funded place, please email Nursing-Health-Postqualifying@dundee.ac.uk  Please provide your GP practice, role in the practice and module of interest in your email.

Target audience

Healthcare professionals seeking to develop knowledge and skills in managing minor illnesses.

Mode of delivery/Teaching methods

This module will be delivered both online through My Dundee (the university virtual learning environment) self-directed open learning units and with taught sessions.

Online delivery using My Dundee:

  • pre-course reading and activities
  • problem based scenarios
  • online discussion boards
  • self-directed learning
  • individual reflection

Taught sessions:

  • Tutorials
  • Clinical skills sessions.

You will be supported and supervised in your practice area to ensure the practice based learning is achieved.

You will be supported by the course team and University services including the Library, Academic Skills Centre and the University’s Information Technology department.

Module aims

This contemporary module will prepare you to assess, diagnose and manage patients with minor illnesses in a safe, effective and person centred way. The module will be delivered online with supplementary face to face days where you will be taught by lecturers who have clinical expertise in this area of practice. 

Module Overview

  • history taking
  • consultation analysis
  • pathophysiology
  • physical examination skills
  • clinical assessment across the lifespan
  • management of emergency presentations
  • Evidence based practice and clinical governance
  • clinical decision making

Assessment Strategy

  • practice based learning portfolio comprising of 4 patient logs and a practice based assessment
  • objective Structured Clinical examination (OSCE)

Module requirements

Educated to first degree level or equivalent. Students are required to have access to a computer with broadband internet access.

You must be working in a clinical area where they can develop their skills and knowledge to complete the requirements for assessment. A clinical supervisor is required prior to commencement of the module.

Module contact

For further information, please contact the School of Health Sciences
Telephone: +44(0)1382 388534
Email: nursing-health-postqualifying@dundee.ac.uk