Minor Injuries Undergraduate Certificate of Achievement

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Learn how to undertake physical examinations and take clinical histories. Develop a wide range of up-to-date knowledge and skills for tackling minor injuries and illnesses. Earn 20 credits at the same level as our undergraduate degree courses.

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This part-time course is aimed at clinicians who work at the front line of patient assessment, diagnosis, referral and management. It is a direct response to the latest needs of the NHS and it is an excellent opportunity for professional development through an accredited qualification.

The course starts with a grounding in how to undertake physical examinations and take clinical histories. You will then develop a wide range of up-to-date knowledge and skills for tackling minor injuries and illnesses. The course covers musculo-skeletal injuries, breaks, fractures and sprains as well as injuries to the eye, head, stomach, respiratory system and a range of other areas.

During the course we will help you take appropriate clinical decisions and reflect critically on your current practice. You will also gain in-depth understanding of the latest policies and processes that underpin clinical practice within primary and secondary health care settings.

When you complete the course you will receive a Certificate to show that you have gained 20 credits at Level 6. If there is an appropriate related course, you may be able to transfer the credits you have gained on this course onto a diploma or degree course.

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Why us?

  • This course is accredited at Level 6, which is the same level as our undergraduate degree courses
  • The contact time for this course is 1 day a week for 10 weeks

Course structure

The content of this course has been developed with input from NHS staff, who also teach on the course. You will be assessed through your clinical portfolio and an Objectively Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).

Topics on this course include:

  • Clinical History Taking
  • Physical Examination
  • Minor Injury
  • Minor Illness
  • Musculoskeletal
  • The Eye
  • Paediatric Injury and Illness
  • Head Injury
  • Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)
  • Cardiac
  • Respiratory
  • Gastro
  • Wounds and Dermatology
  • Our Clinical Skills Suite is equipped with a range of clinical equipment for training health professionals. The cutting-edge equipment is backed up with excellent IT facilities and helpful IT support staff.

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  • We’ve got thousands of relevant books and e-books, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to- date academic and industry articles. There are nearly 9,000 journal titles, mostly in electronic format.

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This course is based in the Sciences Complex at our City Campus, which boasts excellent facilities and cutting-edge equipment thanks to multi-million-pound investments.

Entry requirements

We usually require applicants to be registered health professionals. You should work in a clinical environment where you will be able to observe and conduct both the history taking process and physical examinations of minor illness and injuries.

Please contact the CaPE team for information on start dates: cape@sunderland.ac.uk

Fees and finance

The fee for this course is £876.

This information was correct at the time of publication.

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