Using problem-based learning and simulation, students will be encouraged to explore the key factors that drive clinical reasoning and the decision-making process, challenging them to be innovative in their approach to care. You will develop the skills required to undertake a comprehensive health assessment of a service user, including knowledge and understanding of diagnostic procedures and the use of data analysis to support risk management and uncertainty.
During the module you will develop the skills required to undertake a comprehensive and holistic health assessment of service users including history taking, general examination and psychosocial assessment. Relevant anatomy and pathophysiology will be applied to aid in the analysis and interpretation of the data gained from the assessment. Consideration will be give to differential diagnoses, service user risk assessment, diagnostic tools utilised in practice and the management of common conditions. Theories and methods underpinning clinical reasoning and decision-making in healthcare, advanced communication strategies, legal and ethical issues of advanced assessment and evidence based practice will be explored.
Teaching approaches are varied, using an active-blended learning approach and include lectures, interactive group work, online learning activities, enquiry based learning and practical simulation sessions within the clinical skills laboratory at the University.
Students will be taught and have access to tutor support over two semesters. The module will have approximately 12 taught days at the University, 5 online activity days with tutor input, 6 practical assessment tutorial sessions and 1 assessment day.