Managing Minor Injury and Illness

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11 weeks


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Coventry University (Coventry)


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To enable students to: develop their care and clinical management of patients, from across the life span, with minor injury or illness; critically evaluate the impact of their practice on the effectiveness of patient care journeys.

Course detail

The module is designed for students working in emergency/ urgent care/ minor injury/ illness, or general practice/ walk in services. They are practitioners who work in an autonomous capacity and whose clinical practice utilises broad perspectives of assessment, diagnosis, prescription and management of care, within negotiated boundaries.

This is an option module comprising theory directly related to clinical practice.

Benefits include:

  • Academic credit for a named award.
  • Opportunity to network with fellow students from a range of disciplines and specialities.
  • Access to experts.
  • Opportunity to build to a full degree.
  • Individuals will be able to challenge current practice and embed evidence based practice into their delivery of care.
  • Individuals gain greater job satisfaction which leads to a deeper commitment to service delivery and patient care.

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Critically analyse principles of effective clinical assessment, investigation and diagnosis with reference to common minor injury or illness across the age continuum.
  • Critically evaluate clinical decision making and case management skills in autonomous practice.
  • Critically evaluate the impact of their role as an autonomous practitioner on the effectiveness of patient care pathways in emergency/ urgent care/ minor injury/ illness, or general practice/ walk in services.

How will this course be taught

This course runs in  May and September only. 

Induction will take place on the first day of each module (excluding Mentoring).

We welcome students with disabilities. We recognise that education is a right for all who can benefit from it and that students with disabilities have an equal right of access to higher education. Our staff also recognise that individuals with disabilities are the best source of expertise about themselves and their needs. All students with disabilities should be able to participate as far as is reasonably practical in the educational and social activities we make available. Such students should be encouraged to expect equal treatment as individuals and that they and their work will be considered solely on the basis of their quality. 

For further information please contact the Disabilities Officer on +44 (0)24 7688 8029 or email

Entry requirements

  • Registered health care practitioner, normally having been qualified for a minimum of three years, with a minimum of one year’s experience in a relevant clinical area.
  • Working in a clinical setting in an autonomous practitioner or trainee practitioner role.
  • Normally has evidence of level 6 academic achievement and successful completion of a comprehensive health assessment module (able to demonstrate head to toe assessment skills).


  • Course work 1: Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) undertaken within the University setting, 40-50 minutes plus 10 minute viva.
  • Course work 2: Written assignment 3000 words.