Advanced Healthcare Assessment and Clinical Decision Making

Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Module

Module overview

This module aims to develop your knowledge and skills in relation to the physical health assessment of patients specific to your specialist area of clinical practice. At the end of the module you will have advanced your practice in performing a problem-focused, age appropriate health assessment. In addition, you will learn about effective methods to help you make pro-active clinical decisions and ways to improve engagement with your patients during consultations.


40 Masters level credits

Module attendance required

Over 2 semesters – you will attend university twice a month

Method of teaching

The module will combine lectures, workshops, seminars, e-learning and lab tutor based on clinical practice that is designed in a way to enhance application of learning to the clinical environment.

Module dates

Study days 1-12

  • 25/09/2019 Wednesday 09:00–16:00 
  • 08/10/2019 Tuesday 09:00–16:00 
  • 09/10/2019 Wednesday 13:00–16:00  
  • 22/10/2019 Tuesday 09:00–16:00  
  • 23/10/2019 Wednesday 13:00–16:00 
  • 05/11/2019 Tuesday 09:00–16:00 
  • 06/11/2019 Wednesday 13:00–16:00 
  • 19/11/2019 Tuesday 09:00–16:00 
  • 20/11/2019 Wednesday 13:00–16:00 
  • 03/12/2019 Tuesday 09:00–16:00 
  • 04/12/2019 Wednesday 13:00–16:00 
  • 18/12/2019 Wednesday 09:00–16:00 

Exam information

  • 15/01/2020 Wednesday 09:00–16:00 - Mock OSCE practice
  • 21/01/2020 Tuesday 09:00–16:00 - OSCE examination – Summative point 1
  • 22/01/2020 Wednesday 09:00–16:00 - OSCE examination – Summative point 1
  • 11/02/2020 - OSCE results due
  • 12/02/2020 - OSCE results due

Study days 13-16

  • 10/03/2020 Tuesday 09:00–16:00 
  • 11/03/2020 Wednesday 09:00–12:00 
  • 24/03/2020 Tuesday 09:00–16:00 
  • 25/03/2020 Wednesday 09:00–16:00 

Exam information

  • 21/04/2020 Tuesday 09:00–16:00 Presentation of Case Study – Summative point 2
  • 22/04/2020 Wednesday 09:00–16:00 Presentation of Case  – Summative point 2
  • 12/05/2018 Results for presentations taken on 21/04/2020 
  • 14/05/2018 Results for presentations taken on 22/04/2020 
  • 13/05/2020 Wednesday - deadline 10am - Skills document submission


  • Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE)
  • Presentation: Presentation of a your chosen patient case study. The title is A reflective case analysis of your advanced clinical assessment and decision making (70% of module mark). The presentation should:
      1. Demonstrate an ability to identify, evaluate and utilise research evidence to inform health assessment
      2. Demonstrate knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology of the common disorders or diseases associated in your specialist area of practice
      3. Demonstrate safe and appropriate judgement and clinical decision making incorporating the appropriate assessment skills, interpretation of correctly ordered diagnostic tests and investigations
      4. Demonstrate awareness of professional, legal and ethical issues including consent in complex cases
      5. Critically appraise issues around public health, epidemiology, health promotion and health policy (presentation)
      6. Be clear, concise and be presented in its entirety in 15 minutes using Power Point or similar software
      7. Encourage 5 minutes of discussion
      8. Be fully referenced using professional sources in the Harvard Format

The presentation will be assessed by academic staff however students will be encouraged to be in attendance for all the presentations. Assessment is at Masters Level (7)

Stand-alone course

Advanced Health Assessment  is a core module on MSc Advanced Clinical Practice and can be counted at a later date.
It can also be taken as CPD with no academic accreditation, in which case a ‘certificate of attendance’ will be provided. 

Fee if taken as a stand alone course

To be confirmed

Entry requirements

Professional qualification in healthcare 

To apply please contact:
Programme Administrator
Tel: +44121 414 6014