Our advanced clinical skills course is now available online and is a suitable as an adjunct to Nurse Prescribing Courses, Nurse Practitioners working in both primary and secondary care. It can also be used as an in-service training package complete with competencies and OSCE type assessments. We provide evidenced-base competencies which can be utilised by the Practitioner to ensure skill acquisition and also be used for the purpose of revalidatio
ONLINE - for individual members of staff with 3 months access to online course materials (follow link above)
Regulation and competency.
History-taking in context.
Health promotion and the public health agenda.
ENT and eye examination.
Minor illness model.
Assessment of skin conditions.
Heart murmurs, JVP and atrial fibrillation.
Thyroid disorders and examination.
Neurological screening examination.
Documentation of findings.
Prescribing in common conditions.
Understand the drivers that have contributed to the development of advanced clinical practice.
Understanding of regulation and need for competencies.
Discussion of different strategies and content for history-taking depending on healthcare setting.
Have the ability to conduct a general examination and assess observations using the NEWS2 score parameters.
Be able to assess and diagnose a wide range of skin conditions and discuss possible treatment regimes.
Be able to conduct a cardiovascular examination relevant to clinical practice. Can recognise a heart murmur, three heart sounds and be able to measure a Jugular Venous Pressure.
Understand the reasons for both unilateral and bilateral ankle swelling.
Be able to perform a comprehensive respiratory examination. Can explain the added sounds and possible causes.
Understand the differences between asthma and COPD. Have some understanding of treatment.
Have the ability to conduct an abdominal examination and understand the common presentations partcurly in the elderly.
Understand the presentations of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Able to conduct an examination of the thyroid gland.
Be able to perform a screening neurological examination which will be relevant to clinical practice.
Be able to perform a basic locomotor examination.
Have the ability to document findings relevant to the practitioners own clinical practice i.e. Emis Web, hospital profoma.
The course is designed and delivered by an Advanced Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Trainer with over 30 years of clinical experience in both primary and secondary care.
" Over the past four years A & L Healthcare have facilitated the training and competency of our Centre Cover Nurses. They have helped to develop an advanced clinical skill-set including PGDS which has improved clinical care on site, reduced hospital admissions and achieved a more competent and confident workforce".Janet Bott (Director of Clinical Services) - Sep 30, 2014