This Higher Education level 7 module aims to provide registered nurses with critical knowledge and understanding of the role and function of practice nurse in relation to clinical assessment skills in primary care that are evidence-based and increasingly essential for their role in practice. Module specification attached

The module will enable you to:

  • Critically utilise consultation models for history taking and documentation.
  • Study the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory systems, to learn new skills such as inspection, palpation, percussion and auscultation.
  • Interpret findings to formulate differential diagnosis and exclude red flags in practice.
  • Review the role of the multidisciplinary team.



  • Focus on a patient specific scenario relating to either the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system or urinary system. State why you have chosen this patient and what you hope to learn.
  • Include, communication and consultation (for example, your ability to develop a rapport with the patient and explore and respond to their agenda, health beliefs and preferences etc.). (keep this rather brief), This can be face to face/telephone or video consultation.
  • Proceed to take the subjective history. Try and pick a topic that you will learn from and expand your knowledge.



  • History taking (for example, your ability to take a history of the presenting problem, a medical and surgical history and family history, social and review of systems etc.) This can be face to face/telephone or video consultation



  • Clinical examination and data interpretation (for example, your ability to undertake a systematic clinical examination and accurately interpret physical signs etc.) If you have undertaken a telephone or video consultation, the expectation here would be for you to critically evaluate what physical examination may be required with rationale
Clinical assessment in Primary care