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Advanced clinical assessment skills: Primary care pathways

  • Released: 12/2021
  • Reviewed: 03/2023
  • Study time: 9h:0m

This event is only for pharmacist prescribers who are taking part in one of the primary care extended education pathways.

It is particularly recommended for pharmacist prescribers who are undertaking assessment of acute presentations and minor illnesses in general practice.

The aim of this workshop is to introduce pharmacist prescribers to the knowledge and skills necessary to undertake initial examinations and relevant clinical histories in patients with abdominal, ear, nose and throat symptoms in the primary care setting.

Designed and led by experienced GPs, the workshop will include case studies and scenarios to apply learning to practice. Participants will be expected to undertake examination on medical actors during the study day.

Learning outcomes

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

  • apply a person-centred approach to gastrointestinal and ear, nose and throat (ENT) history-taking
  • describe the abdominal examination
  • describe ear, nose and throat examinations
  • describe the significance of gastrointestinal and ENT red flags
  • identify when it is appropriate to refer patients on to the relevant member of the multidisciplinary team.

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