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Respiratory and Cardiovascular clinical assessment skills residential workshop - Days 1 and 2

  • Released: 03/2022
  • Reviewed: 02/2023
  • Study time: 27h:0m

This residential workshop is only for pharmacists who are taking part in Primary care pharmacy education pathway.

This residential workshop will introduce pharmacy professionals to the essential clinical history taking and examination skills relating to respiratory symptoms and the clinical observation, assessment and examination skills needed to manage people with cardiovascular disease. The residential workshop will be led by experienced GPs and includes clinical scenarios to help apply learning to practice. Learners should have completed the online Module 3 e-course prior to attending the day, we estimate the tasks in the e-course to equate to 10 - 12 hours of learning in total depending on your learning style and previous knowledge.

Learning outcomes

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

  • describe the basic anatomy of the respiratory system
  • describe the basic anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system
  • apply history taking skills in a respiratory and cardiovascular context, including recognition of red flags
  • practice performing systematic respiratory and cardiovascular clinical examinations
  • recognise and describe the significance of some common clinical signs relating to respiratory and cardiovascular conditions
  • describe the symptoms associated with common cardiovascular presentations
  • demonstrate a patient-centred approach to the use of respiratory and cardiovascular clinical assessment skills.

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