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multi-date workshop

Acute presentations in general practice

  • Released: 03/2017

The aim of this three day residential workshop is to develop pharmacist’s clinical assessment skills to assess patients with common acute presentations in general practice settings. You will assess a range of common presentations for on-the-day appointments and develop a toolbox of skills to help you to apply a patient-centred approach in a general patient examination. In this workshop you will explore the key presentations in conditions such as: gastrointestinal, skin, musculoskeletal, ear nose and throat and infections including childhood infections.


Learning objectives

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:

  • list typical signs and symptoms of common acute presentations that patients present with in general practice settings
  • describe the significance of red flags in consultations with patients with common acute presentations
  • apply a patient-centred approach in an urgent setting
  • identify how you can develop your role as part of the general practice team managing acute presentations
  • describe your personal competence and limitations in the acute illness consultation
  • list typical signs and symptoms of common acute presentations that patients present with in general practice settings.

How to use this programme

When you book onto this workshop you will be able to access the resources that you need to complete your learning. If there is a pre-workshop book associated with your workshop, then this will be sent to you in the post and you will also be able to download it in PDF form.

At the workshop your facilitator will provide any materials for you to refer to and complete during the event.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists