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Department for Health, Unit Catalogue 2011/12

HL50178: Advanced musculoskeletal medicine for primary care

Click here for further information Credits: 12
Click here for further information Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Click here for further information Period: Modular (no specific semester)
Click here for further information Assessment: CW60OR40
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: Supplementary assessment information not currently available (this will be added shortly)
Click here for further information Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take HL50177
Click here for further information Description: Aims:
To introduce advanced knowledge and skills appropriate to a general practitioner with special interest (GPwSI) in musculoskeletal problems seen in primary care consultations.

Learning Outcomes:
On completion of this unit students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an advanced competence in history, examination and assessment of the musculoskeletal system (taught, facilitated and assessed)
2. Demonstrate a higher level of competence in reaching a differential diagnosis on complex presenting problems in general practice (taught, facilitated and assessed)
3. Integrate and critically evaluate evidence presented in appropriate literature in reaching a differential diagnosis (taught, facilitated and assessed)
4. Demonstrate a critical knowledge of appropriate referrals for imaging and an ability to interpret image results for X-rays and DXA scans (taught, facilitated and assessed)
5. Use joint and soft tissue injection therapy competently and safely (taught, facilitated and assessed)
6. Competently diagnose and manage common inflammatory conditions (taught, facilitated and assessed)
7. Critically evaluate the evidence base to demonstrate competence in pain management and neuropathic pain (taught, facilitated and assessed)
8. Demonstrate competence in the diagnosis of vasculitis, connective tissue disorder and juvenile arthritis (taught, facilitated and assessed)
9. Demonstrate an advanced competence in the assessment and management of musculoskeletal conditions associated with the spine and neck (taught, facilitated and assessed).

On completion of this unit students will be able to:
* demonstrate an advanced clinical examination of the musculoskeletal system
* present clinical assessments effectively to colleagues orally and through written communication
* communicate effectively with colleagues, peers and tutors
* identify, collect and reflect upon evidence to demonstrate professional practice in primary care
(taught, facilitated and assessed).

Advanced examination and assessment
* Advanced examination
- Upper limb
- Lower limb
- Spine and neurology
Identification and appropriate urgent management of red flag signs and conditions
* Imaging
- Xrays
- MRI and CT
Inflammatory conditions
* Connective tissue problems
* Juvenile RA
* Vasculitis
Regional Problems
* Upper limb
- Shoulder
- Elbow
- Wrist and hand
* Lower limb
- Knee
- Ankle and foot
* Spine
- Neck problems
- Back problems
Common conditions
* OA
* RA
* Osteoporosis
* Gout
* AS
Management options
* Drug therapy
- Analgesia and NSAIDs
- DMARD shared care
* Physiotherapy and modalities
* Basic joint and soft tissue injections
Work-related MSK problems
Advanced injection therapy
Advanced Pain management.
Click here for further informationProgramme availability:

HL50178 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department for Health
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