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multi-date workshop

Acute illness in primary care


  • Released: 06/2016
  • Study time: 22h:30m

The aim of this two and half day residential workshop is help you develop you clinical assessment skills in the investigation of commonly presenting acute conditions. You will be able to demonstrate a holistic, patient-centred approach to the use of clinical assessment skills, including the application of principles relating to hygiene and infection control, safeguarding, and confidentiality. Underpinned by the ability to take an appropriate clinical history, including recognition of red flags and appropriate referral.

This two and a half day course runs from Monday to Wednesday and comprises seminars on the assessment and management of minor illness. Practical, focussed and intensive, it covers all the important facts on areas including:

  • Ear, nose and throat (ENT)
  • Respiratory system including upper respiratory infections
  • Rashes and mouth problems
  • Gastroenterology including D&V and constipation
  • Overviews of mental health, neurology and genitourinary.

Please see the attached flyer to provide the full detail for this intensive workshop. In some systems, on general observations are covered. This event is delivered in The National Minor Illness Centre (NMIC) is based in an NHS general practice in Luton, England. CPPE have worked with the colleagues to refine the content for General Practice Pharmacist Training Pathway pharmacists. For essential information please read the frequently asked questions sheet.

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Learning objectives

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

  • demonstrate key clinical assessment skills in the investigation of commonly presenting acute conditions (see detailed notes)
  • demonstrate a holistic, patient-centred approach to the use of clinical assessment skills, including the application of principles relating to hygiene and infection control, safeguarding, and confidentiality
  • demonstrate an ability to take an appropriate clinical history, including recognition of red flags and appropriate referral
  • document history and clinical findings in an appropriate format, taking into account data protection and confidentiality
  • for each clinical assessment skill, demonstrates an understanding of why the assessment is being undertaken; what the normal or expected results are; how to interpret the results in the context of the clinical history; what action to take; and the appropriate urgency of action required
  • evaluate and interpret routine pathology and blood results relating to the presentation of acute situations
  • demonstrate ability to decide immediate treatment options, including referral, and negotiate with the patient regarding treatment decisions
  • demonstrate ability to promote antimicrobial stewardship and negotiate patient expectations
  • demonstrate an awareness of the limits of own competence and ability to undertake appropriate action, including asking for help and referral, when limits of competence are reached in clinical assessment.

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