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History Taking and Clinical Skills for Primary Care - Level 6 - AC6712
Dates: TBC

**This module has been delivered for the 19/20 academic year. Dates and applications will be available for the 20/21 delivery at the end of June 2020. Please check back soon.**

This module is commissioned by Health Education England as part of its continuing workforce development (CWD) portfolio. If you are interested in participating, please complete the application form and gain authorisation from your Line Manager and your Trust Training Coordinator. For staff within General Practice settings your line manager and/or practice manager need to authorise your application not the CCG training co-ordinator.

To apply please make a note of the module start month, click on book now and choose the application for the correct starting month. This module normally runs October and February during each academic year. Once your application is complete we will contact you in order to confirm whether or not you have been allocated a place.

In order to assist you in completing your application we have attached guidance notes. Please refer to these while completing your application.

As part of your application you will need to upload a copy of your completed study leave approval form. If you do not attach your approval form to your application or it is incomplete this will delay your application and may impact you being offered a place on the module. Instructions on how to do this are in the guidance notes. 





If you have any questions or queries about this module please contact us via email at or call (0191) 4060901.

 The module introduces the process of history taking and assessing the physical manifestations of acute and chronic health issues. You will be able to evaluate clinical findings and assess the severity of symptom complexes relating to core primary care presentations across a range of body systems. Please note this module will not cover specific paediatric assessments.

The module is intensive in nature and requires student commitment and time allocation for the practice of skills within your workplace in preparation for your objective skills clinical examination. 

Course Overview:

  • Clinical decision making – critical thinking, nursing decisions
  • Relevant anatomy and physiology of core body systems
  • History taking
  • Mechanism of illness Aetiology of common primary care presentations
  • Clinical examination techniques
  • Management pathways
  • Pharmacological intervention
  • Psychological and emotional issues
  • Patient empowerment and decision making
  • Documentation
  • Confidentiality and ethics

Course Information

Award Type 20 Credit, Level 6

Delivery Method Blend of Lectures, Workshops & Guided Study

Mode of Study
Face to Face Delivery

Coach Lane Campus

Start Dates: TBC

Health, Sport and Social Care

Designed by a multi-professional team including Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Midwives, Social Care Staff and Medical practitioners our range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is tailored towards individuals who are driving and enabling practice development in NHS North East.

Northumbria is the principal provider of nurse education in the North East of England and was named Nurse Education Provider of the Year (post-registration) for three consecutive years by Student Nursing Times.

We have excellent relationships with partner services in health, social care and social work and our range of CPD provision supports practitioners and managers to engage in professional learning and then examine how this can be integrated in the practice arena.

The module will be delivered through a combination of guided study, structured lecturers and practical workshops. The student is required to participate in the practice sessions from the start. 

Attendance at all university sessions is recommended as each session has different content. If you miss any university sessions it will be your responsibility to ensure you study the missed content.

To ensure that the assessment strategy addresses both the theoretical and practical elements of the module, the students will be assessed through a 2500 word assignment, as well as an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE).

This course is based at our Coach Lane Campus where you will have access to cutting-edge facilities with technology embedded through all aspects of your CPD course.


Northumbria University has been ranked in the top quartile in the UK for research power in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing. Additionally, more than 80% of our research activity in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).


The module is intensive in nature and requires student commitment. This module is focussed on history taking required for professionals in Primary Care.

Previous evidence of level 5 study.

1.Conduct a concise, thorough history and advanced assessment of the presenting health issue in the body systems;

2.Critically analyse the assessment findings undertaken

3.Evaluate the necessity for clinical investigations in support of the assessment process.

4.Define rationales for clinical decisions, proposed management, and demonstrate the ability to analyse and apply results

5.Communicate effectively their findings to both patient and/or carer and to other Health Care Professionals

If you have any questions or queries about this module please contact us via email at or call (0191) 4060901.

Please register your interest for this course and we will be in touch once we have confirmed dates.

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