An Introduction to Blood Tests for Advanced Clinical Practice
Course dates:

10 June 2019


9:30 - 16:30


1 day




Continuing Professional Development (CPD)


Coventry University


Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

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02477 655958/5388


This is an interactive one day course delivered by the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, aimed at Health Care Practitioners wanting to learn about requesting and interpreting blood tests.

Course detail

This course explores the basic physiology and normal values behind a range of blood tests common to musculoskeletal clinical practice. Building on this foundation, it then explores abnormal blood test values and how to interpret them in the clinical context. The tutors use case studies throughout the day to facilitate the application of theory into practice. Delegates will leave the day with a comprehensive understanding of the basics of blood test interpretation and how to justify the selection of blood test relevant to the musculoskeletal field. Resources will also be provided to support the day’s learning.

The day will address common issues relevant to blood testing such as:

  • Why request a blood test?
  • What is the basic physiology behind blood tests?
  • What are normal blood test ranges?
  • What do I do if blood tests are outside normal ranges?
  • Analysis of general, musculoskeletal & musculoskeletal masqueraders blood tests
  • Analysis of case scenarios

Who should attend?

It is aimed at Physiotherapists, ESPs, Nurses, Podiatrists and Health Care Practitioners working in musculoskeletal, orthopaedic and rheumatology fields.


Dr. Alex Price–Forbes is a consultant Rheumatologist at the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust. He has a specialist interest in general rheumatology and connective tissue diseases and education.

Dr. James Bateman is a Consultant Rheumatologist at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS trust. His area of expertise includes general rheumatology problems, inflammatory conditions and vasculitis. He has a PhD in medical education and has a special interest in the use of e-Learning to facilitate medical teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level.


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