Minor Illness and Injury for Advanced Practice

Key information

Course Leader: Sarah Jardine

Level: 7

Credits: 30

Mode of delivery: Taught

Learner Hours: Scheduled Hours - 192 (120 placement), Independent Hours - 108

School: Health & Social Work

Available places: 30


  • 14/03/2023

Fees and Funding


The price quoted above is per 30 credits and relates to students assessed as UK/home self-funded for fee purposes. Prices may differ for students that are assessed as EU Overseas/Overseas. Fees status will normally stay with the student for the remainder of their course. Here you can find further details along with, costs and when your fees need to be paid. Please note that some modules within this programme are charged at a premium rate and details can be found at the link above. You may be able to obtain a Post Graduate student loan, for which you must sign up for the whole MSc programme and not just individual modules or a Post Graduate Diploma, further details can be found at Gov.uk Master’s Loan

Entry Requirements

7HSK0327 - Advanced Patient Assessment and Clinical Reasoning or equivalent.  


Degree in a relevant discipline; or evidence of appropriate knowledge and experience of level 6 studies. Or extensive demonstrable experience in a clinical role and willingness to undertake level 7 study.  


Professional registration (e.g. HCPC, NMC, GMC) 

Course Overview

Students will develop a comprehensive and systematic understanding of the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary to safely assess patients with minor illness or minor injury using a systems-based approach, identifying appropriate management strategies and/or onward referral for each patient. 


The course will use a blend of face-to-face teaching, workshops and discussion forums to explore the theory underpinning the management of critical illness and injury. Practical simulation will develop the technical and non-technical skills required for this patient group.  


Course content includes: 



General content includes: 

  • Enhanced history taking and consultation skills 

  • Comprehensive assessment of physical and mental health 

  • Investigation and diagnosis of a range of minor illness or injury presentations 

  • Evidence-based treatment and care planning, including referral to other specialities 

  • Pharmacotherapy (use of a range of medicines and PGDs) 

  • Health promotion and lifestyle interventions 

  • Understanding scope of practice and managing risk 

Illness Specific Content: 

  • Neurological disorders including headaches 

  • Respiratory and HEEN disorders 

  • Cardiac disorders 

  • GI and GU disorders 

  • Dermatological conditions 

  • URTI and bacterial/viral illnesses 

  • Paediatric and elderly medicine 

  • Clinical decision making 

  • Antibiotic and NICE Guidelines 

  • Referral options 

  • Emergency contraception 

Injury specific content:  

  • Upper and lower limb injuries 

  • Neck and back pain (acute and chronic) 

  • Wounds and burns 

  • Minor head and facial injuries 

  • ENT and Injuries to the eye 

  • Image interpretation (including ultrasound and x-ray) 

  • Paediatric minor injuries 

Learning outcomes

Successful students will typically: 


  • Identify and understand the aetiology, presentation, sequelae, complications and referrals of common minor illnesses and injuries. 

  • Critically evaluate the treatment and referral options available for patients with minor illnesses and minor injuries. 

  • Critically appraise and synthesize the evidence and rationale for management of patients with minor illnesses and minor injuries. 

  • Using a problem-based approach and advanced assessment, assess common minor illnesses and minor injuries. 

  • Be able to formulate, implement, document and critically evaluate, appropriate evidence-based management plans for patients with minor illness or minor injury. 

  • Effectively communicate health advice and referrals based on a critical understanding of the evidence available. 


Written submission worth 60% of the module mark 


Practical OSCE stations including written, verbal and practical elements, worth 40% of the module mark.  


Clinical Assessment Document Pass/Fail.