Online Course



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

Courses formats available:

ONLINE - for individual members of staff with 3 months access to online course materials (follow link above)

Course content includes:

  • Regulation and competency.

  • History-taking in context.

  • Systems review.

  • Health promotion and the public health agenda.

  • General assessment.

  • ENT and eye examination.

  • Minor illness model.

  • Assessment of skin conditions.

  • Cardiovascular assessment.

  • Heart murmurs, JVP and atrial fibrillation.

  • Respiratory assessment.

  • Abdominal assessment.

  • Thyroid disorders and examination.

  •  Locomotor assessment/GALS.

  • Neurological screening examination.

  • Documentation of findings.

  • Prescribing in common conditions.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

Please watch our demonstration video below to see our approach:


" 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