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Aims / objectives

  • Confidence in taking safe, targeted histories for a variety of patient presentations
  • Able to assess and identify various common conditions
  • Review appropriate additional diagnostics required for accurate patient assessment
  • Discuss patient management, including referral requirements for safe practice

Course programme

  • The red or painful eye
  • Ear problems such as hearing loss and ear infections
  • Upper & lower respiratory tract presentations to include painful sinuses, sore throat, cough and bronchitis
  • Head, neck and back pain
  • Skin conditions including examination principles, eczemas, psoriasis, infestations, bacterial, viral and fungal infections
  • Acute abdominal pain covering diarrhoea, vomiting, constipation, indigestion, ectopic pregnancy and more
  • Gynae overview covering vaginal discharge, pelvic pain and the basics of emergency contraception
  • Mental health - depression, assessment and management essentials

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A13 Minor ailments essentials

This programme has been accredited by the RCN Centre for Professional Accreditation until the 8th December 2020: Accreditation applies only to the educational content of the programme

Course summary

This minor illness course is designed for practitioners confident in taking a history and physical examination but wanting to focus on the common and not so common patient complaints seen in primary health care.

Minor illness training to enhance your skills and confidence.

Who should attend?

Nurse practitioners
Practice nurses
Non-medical Prescribers
Paramedics and other allied health professionals

Important notes

Equipment, course materials, evaluation and certificate of attendance

Note: This course assumes attendees are confident in history taking & physical examination. These techniques will not be practiced during the course. If you need to develop these skills please check out our 5 Day Patient Assessment workshop.

RCN cannot confirm competence of any practitioner. Competence must be developed in the workplace with appropriate clinical facilitators.

The course is not a replacement for full patient assessment training.


Course duration Course CPD Full price
(incl VAT) per person
3 day(s) 21 hour(s) £460


Dates Block size Block
Individual discount
28 Apr 2020 to 30 Apr 2020 4 10% n/a
15 Sep 2020 to 17 Sep 2020 4 10% n/a

Dates / venues

Location - venue Dates No. of people  
London - Hamilton House 28 Apr 2020 to
30 Apr 2020
London - Hamilton House 15 Sep 2020 to
17 Sep 2020