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Minor Injury and Illness Management (Postgraduate Certificate)

Course Description

The Postgraduate Certificate in Minor Injury and Illness Management enables UK registered healthcare professionals to achieve professional development and gain experience in preparation for practice as an Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP) or within minor injury or illness focused care within urgent or acute care. You will critically analyse the assessment, diagnosis management and treatment of patients within a range of minor injury and illness conditions across the age spectrum.

You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge, skills, and understanding of assessment, planning, delivery, and evaluation of care of patients and families in minor injury and/or minor illness environments.

Successful completion of this course allows you to exit with the Postgraduate Certificate in Minor Injury and Illness Management with 60 CATS credits at Level 7.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/courses/postgraduate/2015/postgraduate-certificate-in-minor-injury-and-illness-management/

Why choose this course?

- This postgraduate certificate enables practitioners to become knowledgeable and competent in managing the care of patients and families in minor injury and/or minor illness environments, through evidence based practice and working effectively with colleagues.

- There is an emphasis on practice focused learning throughout, with learning and assessments being based around practice and the workplace.

- Identifying the importance of developing practitioner skills for practice ensures the transferability of the programme to direct service provision.

- Curriculum content is informed by relevant national and international research and evidence based literature to help you expand the breadth of your studies and develop a depth of critical analysis and evaluation of practice.

- Importance is placed on the individual's experience within the educational process and your journey of lifelong learning from both a personal and professional perspective.

- Our lecturers are experienced in their specialist practice areas and maintain excellent practice links within those areas locally or across the region.

This course in detail

This postgraduate certificate consists of two compulsory modules, one single (20 credits at Level 7) and one double (40 credits at Level 7). Both modules are delivered face to face and make use of online resources.

- Modules:
P44011 Advanced History Taking and Assessment (20 credits)
This single, level 7 practice-focused module provides you with the opportunity to develop your critical thinking through enhanced knowledge and skills in taking a comprehensive patient history and performing a thorough physical and psychosocial assessment.

P44015 Minor Injury and Illness Management (40 credits)
This double, practice related module offers you the opportunity to explore and critique theories, models and strategies used in the examination and clinical decision making in relation to the diagnosis and treatment of minor injuries and illness.

As courses are reviewed regularly, the modules may vary from that shown here.

Teaching and learning

The teaching, learning and assessment strategy of the programme is underpinned by student centred, patient-centred and practice-focused approaches. Each module has an appropriate division between structured learning activities and private study. Opportunities for sharing existing and developing skills, knowledge and experience are maximised. A variety of teaching and learning strategies are employed to make the most of the range of experience, skills and knowledge within the group.

Approach to assessment

You will be assessed in each of the modules. There is a mixture of assessment strategies chosen on the basis of their appropriateness for an individual module and programme learning outcomes and content, the academic standard expected and the different styles of learning present. Assessments are used to give an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge as well as the critical and reflective analysis required for professional practice.

Assessments also provide you with an opportunity to experience a range of postgraduate attributes that will prove valuable in your future career.

How this course helps you develop

The teaching, learning and assessment strategies include the development of a range of the core postgraduate attributes encouraging development of critical self-awareness and personal literacy, digital and information literacy and active citizenship within the context of both academic and research literacy.


Students who have completed similar health and live sciences postgraduate certificates have been employed within the relevant speciality both locally and nationally. This course enables practitioners to work through the Agenda for Change grading bands to gain career progression and positions such as Emergency Nurse Practitioners/Advanced Paramedic Practitioners, Advanced Care Practitioners in an Emergency Department or Practitioners in urgent or acute care specialities.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Visit the Minor Injury and Illness Management (Postgraduate Certificate) page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Have a UK or overseas degree from a recognised institution or equivalent professional or other qualification. You must hold professional registration with the relevant Nursing or Allied Health Professional Body/Council in the UK. Normally have a minimum of 3 years post-registration experience in a relevant care environment. Be employed in a role that will support development of clinical skills during the programme. You should be working in a relevant clinical environment in which you can achieve the clinical skills required. You should ave access to an appropriate practice supervisor within that area. Have secured the support of your line manager

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