Advanced Clinical Assessment (SNM670)

Who is it for?

Any practitioner who may have to take a patient history and undertake a structured physical examination.

What is it about?

The unit will focus mainly on history taking and advanced physical examination. The teaching methods will be a combination of three key elements.

Overview of content

  • History taking

  • Physical examination by system

  • Clinical decision making

One is classroom based lectures and seminars that will introduce the underpinning theory as it relates to patient assessment. Two will be practical sessions with patients as educators where systematic patient assessment will be demonstrated and then practiced under supervision. Three will be in clinical practice where the student will complete a number of patient assessments following guidelines given during the unit and then reflected upon and discussed in group seminars and in a portfolio. The physical examination will be taught by experienced medical practitioners, lecturers, and advanced practitioners supported by patients as educators who will provide opportunities for hands on practice of clinical examination techniques. The structure will be system based.

How does it enhance practice?

Over recent years there has been an increasing need for nurses and other non-medical practitioners to expand their role into the area of advanced clinical examination and decision making. This course has been developed to provide the knowledge and confidence to improve your history-taking, clinical examination and decision-making skills.

Mode of assessment

Assessment is by academic essay and OSCE

Links to profession/academic award

This unit can be taken stand alone or as part of the MMedSci in Advancing Practice (NURT69). It is also a core unit on the MMedSci General Practice Advanced Practitioner (NURT101).


30 credits at level 7 (post-graduate)

Course structure

Attendance at classroom and clinical skills based sessions one day per week, with one day for OSCE practice and one day OSCE. Some directed study time will be allocated within this.

Start Date: 6 February 2019

Attendance Dates: 06.02.19, 13.02.19, 20.02.19, 27.02.19, 06.03.19, 13.03.19, 20.03.19, 27.03.19, 03.04.19, 01.05.19, 08.05.19, 15.05.19

Application and Funding

To apply for this course you need to complete an online application form and you can do this by selecting the "apply" link at the top right of this page. A fees and funding form will automatically be sent on submission of your application form. Details of funding options can be found on our Funding Page.

Delivery Site

University of Sheffield - Central Campus and Clinical Skills facility at the Northern General Hospital.

If successful in your application for the course you will receive a confirmation email with the exact details of the location of teaching, closer to the start date.

The School of Nursing and Midwifery is based at Barber House, Glossop Road, Sheffield; opposite the Royal Hallamshire Hospital however teaching may take place across the University site.

Programme leader

Mac Macintosh

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