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Clinical Patient Assessment for Health Professionals (NR3177)

Module code: 







The module will develop the role of the health professional in undertaking a holistic clinical patient assessment that will encompass history taking and physical examination.  Normality is the focus of the module which will enable the health professional to contribute to a collaborative clinical diagnosis.

Fundamental physical assessment skills of inspection, palpation, percussion and auscultation will be applied to key systems including cardiovascular, respiratory, abdominal, neurological and eyes and ears.

The module is skills orientated where examination techniques are demonstrated and students are encouraged to practice on each other.  It will be the student's responsibility to engage with the content of the module and to apply the skills to their clinical practice.


The module will be delivered part time over twelve weeks at the School  of Nursing and Midwifery Studies in a well equipped skills lab.  There will be regular contact study days with scheduled time for self directed practice in the skills lab.

Module Dates 2014-2015:

18 25 September 2014; 2 9 16 23 30 October; 6 13 20 27 November; 4 December

15 22 29 January 2015; 5 12 19 26 February; 5 12 19 26 March; 9 April


OCSE (simulated practice examination) and a multiple choice questionnaire


Eastgate House, 35-43 Newport Road, Cardiff CF24 0AB

Module leaders:

Dr Jane Ryan

Position:Lecturer: Adult Nursing
Telephone: +44 (0)29 206 87749Extension: 87749

Mr Neil Thomas

Position:Lecturer: Adult Nursing
Mr Neil Thomas
Telephone: +44 (0)29 206 87767Extension: 87767