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Clinical assessment skills and history-taking

  • Released: 06/2016
  • Reviewed: 02/2019
  • Study time: 6h:0m
  • Standard price: £250.00
  • NHS HEE funded price: £0.00

The aim of this study day is to introduce patient history taking and clinical assessment skills. During the study day you will have the opportunity to practise and self-assess your skills or have them assessed by peers or clinical tutors.


Learning objectives

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

  • introduce yourself to a patient using the I2C5 mnemonic
  • describe the components of a patient history
  • apply key skills and show a greater level of confidence in history taking
  • identify red flags during consultations
  • apply the principles of hygiene and handwashing in the clinical setting
  • describe how to handle urine testing and interpret results
  • outline how to measure blood pressure, pulse and peak flow
  • apply clinical assessment skills to patient scenarios.

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
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Pre-registration trainees