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A03 Five-day patient assessment skills workshop: History taking and physical examination

Course summary

The Five-Day Patient Assessment Skills Workshop is an intensive program designed to develop and enhance healthcare professionals' skills in patient assessment. This course is suitable for nurses, and allied health professionals involved in the initial assessment and management of patients. Participants will gain comprehensive knowledge and hands-on experience in evaluating patients effectively.

Accredited by CPD Standards Office (CPD SO), this workshop ensures that participants are learning the most up-to-date, evidence-based practices. The course integrates theoretical learning with practical application to ensure proficiency in clinical assessments. By the end of this workshop, healthcare professionals will be better equipped to conduct thorough and systematic patient evaluations, ultimately improving patient care outcomes.

Who should attend?

All registered nurses
Nurse practitioners
District nurses
Health visitors
Modern matrons
Community matrons
Allied health professionals such as pharmacists and paramedics
Occupational health nurses
Medical students

Important notes

All course material including a work place competency workbook, evaluations and certificate of attendance provided.
Morning and afternoon refreshments.

The course runs from 10:00am- 5:00pm Monday-Thursday, per agreed test out appointment on Friday
Quality assurance: hands-on workshop; maximum student to trainer ratio: 12 to one.
CPD SO accreditation does not guarantee clinical competence. This must be developed in the workplace with appropriate clinical facilitators who can then look at areas that are specific to individual areas of practice.

Completion of this course does not qualify the attendee as an advanced practitioner but is the first step in expanding practice, leading to a more autonomous role.

In-house option: tailor-made patient assessment skills workshops. We can design a one-to-10-day programme with you, matching staff needs, patient requirements and available resources.



Course duration Course CPD Full price (incl VAT) per person
5 day(s) 35 hour(s) £775.00


Dates Block size Block discount
16/09/2024 - 20/09/2024 4 10%
09/12/2024 - 13/12/2024 4 10%
17/03/2025 - 21/03/2025 4 10%

Dates / venues

Location - venue Dates No. of people
London - London College of Osteopathic Medicine 16/09/2024 - 20/09/2024
London - London College of Osteopathic Medicine 09/12/2024 - 13/12/2024
London - London College of Osteopathic Medicine 17/03/2025 - 21/03/2025

Aims / objectives


  • To provide participants with the essential skills needed for accurate patient assessment.
  • To enhance clinical decision-making capabilities through hands-on practice and real-world scenarios.
  • To ensure participants can apply evidence-based techniques in patient evaluation.


By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Conduct thorough and systematic patient assessments.
  • Interpret clinical findings accurately and efficiently.
  • Utilise basic physical examination techniques in a systematic way.
  • Enhance communication skills for effective patient interaction.

Course programme

Introduction to Patient Assessment:

  • Importance of comprehensive assessment
  • Basic principles and best practices
  • Overview of the patient assessment process

History Taking and Clinical Interviewing:

  • Effective communication techniques
  • Gathering relevant patient history
  • Structuring the clinical interview

Physical Examination Skills:

  • Techniques for assessing different body systems
  • Identifying normal vs. abnormal findings

Assessment of Body Systems: Systematic approach to physical exams

  • Techniques for assessing different body systems
  • Identifying normal vs. abnormal findings

Assessment of Body Systems:

  • Integumentary System: Skin assessment basics, recognizing lesions, rashes, and other dermatological conditions.
  • Respiratory System: Inspection, palpation, percussion, auscultation, recognizing breath sounds.
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) System: Examination of the ears, nasal passages, and throat. Head and neck lymphatics.
  • Endocrine System: Assessment of thyroid function, recognizing signs of hormonal imbalances. 
  • Cardiovascular System: Inspection, palpation, auscultation, recognizing heart sounds.
  • Gastrointestinal and Urinary System: Abdominal examination, identifying masses, liver and spleen palpation. Examination of the kidneys and bladder, recognizing abnormalities.
  • Neurological System: Neurological examination techniques, assessing cranial nerves, motor and sensory function, reflexes.
  • Eye Examination: Assessment of visual acuity, pupil reaction, eye movement, and detecting common eye conditions.
  • Musculoskeletal System: Joint examination, assessing range of motion, identifying common musculoskeletal disorders.
    Practical Sessions:

Practical sessions including: 

  • Hands-on practice 
  • Peer and instructor feedback on performance

Documentation and Reporting: accurate and effective documentation practices

Final Assessment and Certification:

  • Lecturer demonstration of patient top to toe examination
  • Comprehensive final exam- top to toe examination on a colleague. 
  • Practical assessment of skills feedback.

Certification of completion

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