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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: NUR3071 Module Title: MINOR INJURIES MANAGEMENT
Module Provider: Health & Social Care Short Name: NUR3071
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: MACARTNEY DL Miss (HSC)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability
Semester 2
Assessment Pattern
To complete the module students must achieve a pass (ungraded) in both the clinical practice log and in the written assignment (graded). Both parts are compulsory to this module.

Practice Based (pass/refer)
Clinical practice log of patient documentation (minimum 10 minor injuries of different presentations), which must be audited by the supervisor as safe to achieve a pass. These should demonstrate competent examination, appropriate decision-making and safe practice in the workplace with evidence of skills development, to the satisfaction of the supervisor who has witnessed the examinations.

Essay 100% (graded)
A structured account of a patient’s minor injury that should include:
1) patient presentation including history taking, examination and investigations
2) interpretation and analysis of findings
3) the rationale used to support treatment
4) a reflective component demonstrating progress in cognitive and physical skills during the course.
2500 words
Module Overview
Working within specialist clinical area relevant to minor injury presentations.

Clinical Supervisor with appropriate experience and knowledge within the specialist area
Module Aims
The aim of this module is to provide a clear framework for the assessment of minor injuries and identification of appropriate management plans. It is intended to introduce the principles of examination, improve understanding of minor injuries and appropriate referral pathways. The module will enable health care professionals to identify personal limitations within their professional practice setting.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of this module the student will be able to:

Subject Knowledge and Understanding

• Demonstrate knowledge of generic consultation skills
• Recognise professional boundaries and conduct, accountability of the practitioner, alongside issues of patient consent and dignity
• Understand a range of assessment tools, referral pathways and safe practice
• Be aware of the relevant legal aspects

Cognitive Skills

• Analyse physical signs in the context of minor injury presentations, and the probable significance of such signs
• Identify problems within clinical practice and apply knowledge of various assessment tools to formulate clinical decisions
• Develop professional knowledge and skills through ongoing reflection

Practical Skills

• Evaluate physical signs to differentiate between normal and abnormal
• Identify common minor injury presentations
• Perform as a safe practitioner using skills learnt within guidelines of supervision

Key/Transferable Skills

• Use information from physical and psychological assessment in the context of clinical problem-solving
• Show effective communication with patients in practice setting
• Apply an holistic approach to care delivery by encouraging user involvement

Module Content
Anatomy & physiology specific to minor injury presentations
Consultation models
History taking
Principles of Examination technique
Mechanisms of injury
Musculoskeletal presentations
Lower/upper limb
Eye examination
Minor Head Injuries
Treatment options and management plan
Documentation & recording findings
Legal & ethical aspects
Accountability issues related to autonomous practice
User involvement
Methods of Teaching/Learning
200 hours:

Taught: 30 hours
Work-based learning/ Self-directed learning: 170 hours
Selected Texts/Journals
Required Reading:
Bickley L (2007) Bates Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking ninth edition Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Cross S, Rimmer M, (2002) Nurse Practitioner Manuel of Clinical Skills Bailliere Tindall

Thompson C, Dowding D (2002) Clinical decision making and judgement in nursing Churchill Livingston, London

Marieb E, Hoehn K, (2007) Human Anatomy & Physiology seventh edition Pearson Benjamin Cummings

Purcell D Cooper M, (2003) Minor Injuries A clinical guide for nurses Churchill Livingstone

Silverman J, Draper J, Kurtz S (2004) Skills for communicating with patients Radcliffe Publishing, Oxford

Usherwood T (1999) Understanding the Consultation: Evidence, Theory, and Practice. Open University Press, Buckingham

Walsh M, (2006) Nurse Practitioners Clinical skills and professional issues Butterworth Heinemann London


This is reading that will inform the content. You should endeavour to read some of the following -

Journal of Advanced Nursing
Emergency Nurse
Professional Nurse
Evidence-based Nursing


University of Surrey
Department of Health
British Medical Journal

Last Updated
30TH JULY 2010