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AR04 Minor Injury Essentials: Accredited by the RCN Centre for Professional Accreditation

RCN accredited until 12th December 2024. 

Accreditation applies only to the educational content of the programme and not to any product.

The RCN and PDUK cannot confirm competence of any practitioner. Competence must be developed in the workplace. The course is not a replacement for full patient assessment training.

RCN Accreditation focuses on continuing professional development and does not mean that the course has been accredited as equivalent to education or assessment that would demonstrate advanced level practice. The course cannot be used as a route for RCN Credentialing. The course is intended for continuing professional development, provides a knowledge base only and is not suitable for preparation for a new role.

Course summary

This minor injuries course is designed to provide healthcare professionals with the comprehensive skills and knowledge needed to assess, diagnose, and manage minor injuries in urgent and primary care settings. Accredited by the RCN Centre for Professional Accreditation, this face-to-face course ensures you stay current with the latest practices and protocols.

Who should attend?

  • Nurses
  • Advanced Nurse Practitioners
  • School Nurses
  • Paramedics
  • Advanced Clinical Practitioners
  • Pharmacists
  • Allied Health Professionals

    Practitioners should be working in emergency departments, urgent care centres, primary care, or other community and first contact settings.

Important notes

All course materials, evaluation and certificate of attendance are provided.
Quality assurance: hands-on workshop. Maximum student-trainer ratio: 12:1.
The course runs from 

The course runs from 9:30am- 5:00pm on day 1 and 10:00am- 5:00pm on days 2 & 3.




Cost

Course duration Course CPD Full price (incl VAT) per person
3 day(s) 21 hour(s) £590

Discounts

Dates Block size Block discount
26/06/2024 - 28/06/2024 4 10%
24/09/2024 - 26/09/2024 4 10%
26/11/2024 - 28/11/2024 4 10%
25/02/2025 - 27/02/2025 4 10%
29/04/2025 - 01/05/2025 4 10%

Dates / venues

Location - venue Dates No. of people
London - To Be Confirmed 26/06/2024 - 28/06/2024
London - To Be Confirmed 24/09/2024 - 26/09/2024
London - To Be Confirmed 26/11/2024 - 28/11/2024
London - To Be Confirmed 25/02/2025 - 27/02/2025
London - To Be Confirmed 29/04/2025 - 01/05/2025

Aims / objectives

Equip healthcare professionals with essential skills for managing minor injuries through comprehensive theoretical knowledge and hands-on practice.

  • Conduct targeted history taking and physical examinations for upper and lower limb injuries, including head injuries, utilizing evidence-based practices and adhering to local protocols.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in assessing musculoskeletal anatomy and joint function of the neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle, and foot.
  • Identify common signs, symptoms, and differential diagnoses of minor injuries in the upper and lower limbs, as well as head injuries.
  • Apply appropriate management strategies, including local analgesia administration, reduction techniques for fractures and dislocations, and wound closure principles using sutures, staples, tissue adhesive, and steristrips.
  • Discuss the principles of managing nail presentations, removal of foreign bodies, treatment of localized infections, and initial management of minor burns, emphasizing adherence to evidence-based guidelines and local policies.
  • Engage in case-based learning scenarios to reinforce practical skills and decision-making in the assessment and management of minor injuries.

Course programme

Principles of Musculoskeletal (MSK) History Taking

Basic Assessment of the Upper Limb

  • Targeted history taking for upper limb injuries
  • Upper limb anatomy
  • Joint function of the neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand
  • Essential physical examination techniques/practice for upper limb injuries
  • Common upper limb conditions: signs and symptoms, differential diagnoses
  • Management/referral guidelines: Evidence-Based Practice (EBP), application of Patient Group Directions (PGDs), and adherence to local policies
  • Case scenarios for upper limb injuries

Basic Assessment of the Lower Limb

  • Targeted history taking for lower limb injuries
  • Lower limb anatomy
  • Joint function of the hip, knee, ankle, and foot
  •  Essential physical examination techniques/practice for lower limb injuries
  • Common lower limb conditions: signs and symptoms, differential diagnoses
  • Management/referral guidelines: Evidence-Based Practice (EBP), application of Patient Group Directions (PGDs), and adherence to local policies
  • Case scenarios for lower limb injuries

Head Injuries

  • Targeted history taking for head injuries, including concussion assessment.
  • Neuroanatomy related to head injuries.
  • Cranial nerve examination techniques
  • Essential physical examination techniques/practice for head injuries.
  • Common head injury presentations: signs and symptoms, differential diagnoses.
  • Management/referral guidelines: Evidence-Based Practice (EBP), application of Patient Group Directions (PGDs), and adherence to local policies

Local Analgesia

  • Types and safe levels of local analgesia
  • Local infiltration techniques
  • Digital nerve blocks: demonstration and practice

Reduction Techniques

  • Principles of reducing digital fractures and dislocations

Management of Common Nail Presentations

  • Subungual hematoma: trephining techniques
  • Avulsed nails: management strategies

Removal of Foreign Bodies

  • Discuss methods of removing foreign bodies from the ear, nose, skin, and subungual area

Discuss management of Localized Infections

  • Paronychia: assessment and management
  • Assessment of minor abscesses, including indications for referral

Assessment and Management of Minor Burns

  • Assessment and initial management of minor burns, including appropriate referral if necessary

Acute Wound Closure Principles and Techniques

  • Demonstration and practice of simple, interrupted sutures
  • Application of staples, tissue adhesive, and steristrips: demonstration and practice

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