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Paediatric Clinical Examination and Minor Illness

Level 6, 20 Credits

Course aim

This course has been designed to provide an educational package meeting the needs of nurses and other allied professions required to act autonomously within a variety of ambulatory settings, improving the skills and knowledge of said professionals who are the first point of contact for children, young people and their families.

Course length

The course will run over the length of a semester (12 weeks). There are two intakes per year. Enrolment and registration is timetabled for the first morning when the module starts.

Course cost

The total cost for this CPD module is £840.

Course structure

The course will be delivered in LJMU's clinical practice suites. 

A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used, including:

  • lead lectures
  • practical demonstrations
  • group discussions
  • student history presentations 
  • role play

You will require a good quality stethoscope for practical sessions. Other equipment will be provided by LJMU.

You must also organise for a work-based practice supervisor (doctor/nurse) who will work with you during this module. We recommend that you set aside at least 2 hours per week to consolidate the skills you have learnt at LJMU.


The module is delivered over 10 full-day sessions over the course of a semester (September –January and January to May) at Liverpool John Moores university using classrooms and practice suites.

Course content

This course will focus on the major physiological systems, building on prior knowledge and expertise. This will go on to inform greater understanding of the causes and management of common childhood illnesses and the use of clinical examination to determine diagnosis and management.

Taught sessions will comprise both taught content and practical sessions.

You will need to practice these skills further outside the classroom in your own clinical setting to develop technique and confidence.


Assessment consists of an OSCE and a writen examination. Full assessment details are within the module handbook and discussed in detail on the first day of the programme.

Entry requirements

All candidates must be healthcare professionals with a recognizable award. Candidates must have at least 2 years post-qualifying experience in an appropriate clinical area and must be currently working in a clinical role where they are able to examine children.

CPD award

Successful completion of this module will lead to the University Certificate of Professional Development in Paediatric Clinical Examination and Minor Illness award.

Study dates

September 2020 - see timetable

January 2021 - see timetable

How to apply

Please apply using the online application form.

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

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.

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