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Developing Patient Assessment Level 6

Developing Patient Assessment

Level 6, 20 credits

Course aim

The aim of this module is to consider the rationale for performing patient assessment, the theory of patient assessment methods and the practice of using patient assessment tools to form a working diagnosis.

Course cost

The total cost for this CPD module is £800.

Course structure

The course will be delivered over a 14 week period, using a blended approach to support your learning. This means that online and electronic resources will be provided for use during private study.


There is a requirement for full attendance on each of the sessions, whether they are in class or through the technology enhanced learning environment.

Course content

This is a Level 6 module which will harness your experience of patient assessment in difficult circumstances, focusing predominantly on the non-life threatening patient. This will enable you to form a working diagnosis which informs the clinical decision-making process. The module is intended to bridge the gap between Level 5 studies and future expectations, which may require you to complete Level 7 studies in the future. 

The course covers: 

  • Models of consultation 
  • The ageing body
  • History taking
  • Patient assessment: Respiratory; Cardiovascular; Abdominal; Neurological
  • Minor injuries: Upper limb; Lower limb

There is one component: Objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) (with Viva)

Entry requirements

You must have:

  • current registration as a healthcare professional
  • current employment with an NHS Trust
  • a Diploma in Higher Education or equivalent (demonstrated through APeL - in accordance with LJMU regulations)
CPD award

This module may form part of the BSc (Hons) in Health & Social Care Development or alternatively, may be studied as a stand-alone CPD Programme

Study dates
This CPD will not be running for the 2019/20 academic year.
Further information

Further information is available in our CPD for healthcare professionals brochure.

Faculty Admissions Team
Faculty of Health
Liverpool John Moores University
79 Tithebarn Street
Liverpool L2 2ER

T: 0151 231 5829

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