HS7502: Clinical Assessment and Decision Making Skills


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HS7502: Clinical Assessment and Decision Making Skills

Module Title Clinical Assessment and Decision Making Skills
Module Code HS7502
Module Tutor Elizabeth Foxwell
School School of Health & Social Care
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 7
Brief Description

This module will prepare healthcare practitioners to critically assess, diagnose and make clinical decisions about patient care while working in a multi professional context.

Indicative Syllabus

This module will cover the following:

  • Health Assessment:
  • Systems approach to Physical Assessment  including normal and abnormal  pathophysiological findings;
  • Communication:
  • Comprehensive health history approaches including consultation and communication skills, telephone triage skills and the use of effective documentation electronic and written.
  • Clinical Decision Making:
  • Formulation of a working diagnosis through problem based learning.
  • Reflection:
  • Personal decision making and competence.
Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module students should be able to:

  1. Critically analyse and reflect on information gathered as part of a  complex clinical assessment
  2. Critically reflect  on their own clinical decision-making
  3. Explore the impact of reflexive practice on  their clinical decision making
  4. Make decisions based on risk management strategies.
  5. Critically evaluate  clinical decision assessment tools to manage  complex situations

Creatively plan care for  the service user  with unique care requirements

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 24
Independent Learning Hours: 126
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 75% Coursework: Individual, portfolio: 3,000 word equivalent
002: 25% Practical Assessment: In-class: OSCE in practice
Special Assessment Requirements

Assessment points for this module are non-compensatory

Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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