HA7005 - Advanced Clinical Assessment Skills

What will I learn on this module?

This module focuses on advanced clinical skills assessment in specialist practice and is a core module for those students on MSc Specialist Practice District Nursing Apprenticeship programme. This is a practice focused module where you will strengthen and develop further your knowledge base in relation to body systems, which will include anatomy, physiology, and pathology in the context of clinical assessment. The module content acknowledges and supports notions of holism, and you will, therefore, address not only physical but psychological/social dimensions within clinical assessment, taking into consideration health needs and aspects of health promotion. You will advance your specialist knowledge, critical thinking, and decision-making skills in undertaking a comprehensive clinical assessment focusing on practice-based scenarios, within the simulation suite. You will also demonstrate your ability to accurately document your findings, identifying pertinent clinical and care solutions and effectively communicate these appropriately within the inter-professional team and service users.

How will I learn on this module?

Academically, this module reflects a transformational pedagogical approach, where, as an adult learner, you will engage in self-directed learning, critical evaluation, reflection, knowledge and skills acquisition, as well as collaborative working, which underpins and shapes teaching and learning on your programme of study. The module will be delivered through a combination of electronic/face to face lectures, seminars, On-line Supported Learning (OSL), practice-based scenarios facilitated via simulation, and action learning sets. The assessment strategy addresses both the theoretical and practical elements of the module and your summative assessment will be an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported by the module team who will guide your academic learning and assessment throughout the module. The Module Lead will provide you with an overview of the module and guide you in your studies and will offer opportunities to discuss content, issues, and assessment feedback. Constructive feedback is given on both formative and summative components. Each module is supported by Blackboard Ultra and all modules adhere to the university’s minimum standards. The site includes module information, assessment information, power-point presentations and e-lectures, reading lists and relevant web links. A discussion board is available to the cohort, through which students can post comments and ask questions of their peers while you are not on campus. As identified above, peer support is encouraged and facilitated via action learning sets embedded within this module and your programme of study. A large group tutorial and formative sessions will help you prepare for the summative assessment. Your Programme Lead and Personal Tutor are also available to offer guidance on academic support throughout the programme. The University Libraries at both Coach Lane and City Campus offer an extensive collection of material, both hard copy and electronic, access to international databases and training in information retrieval. A variety of study-skills-related help sheets, and online videos can be found on the library Skills Plus site. You can also access a range of student support and wellbeing services via Student Central at Coach Lane Campus Library or by accessing the student support and wellbeing pages and Ask4Help via your electronic student portal.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Demonstrate ability to effectively conduct a comprehensive clinical assessment, focusing on practice-based patient scenarios.
2. Interpret, synthesise, and utilise contemporary evidence as part of effective clinical judgement and decision-making within the assessment process.
3. Recognise abnormal physical features in association with diagnostic test results interpret clinical and psychosocial data and recognise the ill patient.


Intellectual / Professional Skills & Abilities:

4. Demonstrate the application of advanced skills in articulating, accurately documenting and defending your clinical judgements and actions.
5. Evaluate critically the emergent findings from your comprehensive clinical assessment linked to future case management.


Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
6. Demonstrate the ability to work independently and collaboratively with peers, colleagues, and service users to assess, plan and lead care high quality care in accordance with legal, professional, and ethical principles. How will I be assessed? (SRS 0006)
Please give details of all formative and summative assessment process indicating which MLOs will be addressed and how feedback will be provided.

Formative assessment
This will be ongoing throughout the module; you will engage in interactive self-assessment via the ELP; simulations and taught sessions. Action learning sets will provide the opportunity for informal peer assessment.
(MLO’s 1-6)

Summative assessment:
This will be an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), which will assess your ability to conduct a comprehensive clinical assessment, summarise your main findings and defend your plan of action.
During this assessment you will be expected to complete 4 stations of 30 minutes duration. Each station will provide you with a practice-based scenario relevant to specialist district nursing practice and on which to base your clinical assessment, summary, and plan case (MLO’s 1-6)

Your marks and feedback will be provided electronically via Blackboard Ultra.
Programme (Level) Learning Outcomes that this module contributes to:
[Please insert PLO number as listed on the programme specification]

Knowledge & Understanding:

1, 2, 3

Intellectual / Professional Skills & Abilities:

4, 5, 6

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

7, 8, 9, 10

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment
This will be ongoing throughout the module; you will engage in interactive self-assessment via the ELP; simulations and taught sessions. Action learning sets will provide the opportunity for informal peer assessment.
(MLO’s 1-6)

Summative assessment:
This will be an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), which will assess your ability to conduct a comprehensive clinical assessment, summarise your main findings and defend your plan of action.
During this assessment you will be expected to complete 4 stations of 30 minutes duration. Each station will provide you with a practice-based scenario relevant to specialist district nursing practice and on which to base your clinical assessment, summary, and plan case (MLO’s 1-6)

Your marks and feedback will be provided electronically via Blackboard Ultra.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

This module relates to advanced clinical skills assessment in specialist district nursing practice. This is a practice focused module where you will have the opportunity to advance your critical thinking and decision making through developing enhanced knowledge and skills in relation to comprehensive clinical assessment based on community and primary care clinical settings. During this module you will be able to evaluate routine clinical investigations, assess the severity of symptom complexes, explore both physical and mental health dimensions of assessment. A range of communication skills will be developed including effectively communicating findings to other members of the inter-professional team and service users. A systems-based approach is used during the module to provide you with the clinical skills and underpinning theoretical evidence to undertake clinical consultation and assessment. This module will enable you to be able to recognise the early onset of acute illness and provide objective clinical data to multi-disciplinary colleagues, enhancing patient safety and the effectiveness of patient care. You will apply your analytical and assessment skills to a range of scenarios and, from the interpretation of your findings, formulate a plan of care, which is compatible with the needs of the service user and the practice context. Learning will be supported through a combination of electronic/face to face lectures and seminars, On-line Supported Learning (OSL), practice-based scenarios facilitated in the simulation suite, and small group tutorials. The assessment strategy addresses both the theoretical and practical elements of the module and your summative assessment will be an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). This module will prepare you for your specialist role, with learning outcomes benefitting all aspects of your practice, helping to provide you and your peers with contemporary knowledge, skills and values desired in the workplace.

Course info

Credits 30

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 18 months full-time

Department Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2022

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