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PA500426: Management of minor illness

[Page last updated: 03 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Credits: 15 CATS credits
Notional Study Hours: 150
Level: FHEQ level 7
Modular (no specific semester)
Assessment Summary: CW100
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Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Learning Outcomes: Analyse the current public policy in the management of minor illnesses
Gather a range of clinical information, including using basic physical examination skills, to formulate differential and working diagnoses, implementing holistic plans for patient care in the context of a minor illness
Identify and evaluate decision making theory and apply this in practice to support the management of minor illness
Understand and evaluate the routes of access to Over-The-Counter (OTC) medicines
Critically evaluate the role of the pharmacist and medicines counter assistant in the OTC supply process
Understand the fundamentals in the conditions that commonly present as minor illnesses
Apply principles of basic clinical examination in the context of minor illnesses
Reflect on own practice in this therapeutic area and identify areas for improvement.

Aims: Provide learners a broad overview of the management of minor illness in primary care.
Increase the understanding of the contribution a pharmacist can make in responding to patients' minor illness symptoms including in a first contact practitioner role.
Through application of knowledge, effectively manage minor illness and identify red flag symptoms

Skills: Study skills
Basic clinical examination skills
Consultation skills
Communication skills
Written communication
Problem solving
Working with others
Handling information
Leadership skills - influencing skills, challenging inappropriate prescribing
Planning and organisation
Improving learning and performance
Scientific and practical skills
Reflective practice
Information & communication technology

* Unit Introduction
* Medicine Deregulation
* Self Care
* Commissioning of Self-care
* Allergy
* Dermatological Conditions
* Respiratory Conditions
* Gastro intestinal Conditions
* Genito-Urinary Conditions
* Neurological Conditions
* Ear nose and throat conditions
* Ophthalmic Conditions
* Paediatric minor illness
* Management of Acute Pain
* Musculoskeletal Disorders.

Programme availability:

PA500426 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology


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