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PA500400: Advanced clinical assessment

[Page last updated: 03 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Credits: 30 CATS credits
Notional Study Hours: 300
Level: FHEQ level 7
Modular (no specific semester)
Assessment Summary: CW60EX20OR20
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
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Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: Before taking this module you must take PA500356
Learning Outcomes:
* Analyse the pathophysiology, clinical presentation and red flags within a range of presentations and apply this to clinical reasoning
* Demonstrate physical examination skills to gather relevant diagnostic information within a range of conditions
* Identify and critically evaluate all available clinical information, and use this to formulate differential and/or working diagnoses, within the context of clinical ambiguity
* Determine holistic patient care plans, including further investigations, pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions, and ongoing continuity of care
* Identify, critically evaluate and apply key evidence sources in order to effect (and support others to effect) medicines optimisation outcomes within a range of clinical conditions
* Demonstrate effective communication and consultation skills in order to gather a full history from a range of patients (and carers, relatives, advocates, representatives etc.) within the context of clinical uncertainty and/or communication challenges
* Use effective communication strategies to support patients (and carers, advocates, representatives) and healthcare professionals to make complex shared medicines optimisation decisions; taking into account patient views/beliefs/ICE
* Identify and critically analyse clinical complexity and ambiguity, and use this to determine appropriate autonomous action or referral in order to provide best patient care within a range of complex presenting cases

Aims: To provide a supportive framework to develop the professional knowledge, skills and competence that pharmacists require to conduct advanced clinical assessment of patients.

* Clinical skills
* Study skills
* Written communication
* Working with others
* Scientific and practical skills
* Improving learning and performance
* Information and communication technology
* Problem solving

Content: Physiology/pathophysiology of body systems/ major presentations; Physical Examination Skills; Applied medical History taking: relating to:
* The respiratory system
* The cardiovascular system
* Musculo-skeletal system +Trauma
* The Nervous system
* Mental Health
* ENT/Dermatology/Genito-urinary systems
* Infections
* Basic first aid/Anaphylaxis/Basic Life Support
Clinical decision making
Diagnostic reasoning
Autonomous and team working
Continuity of care and sectoral transfer

Programme availability:

PA500400 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology

PA500400 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology


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