A Comprehensive Approach to History Taking and Physical Assessment

Learning Beyond Registration

30 credits at level 6

The aim of this course is to introduce practitioners to the key skills and knowledge required to take a comprehensive history and physical examination of the adult patient. The programme will specifically enhance the practitioner’s ability to interpret complex clinical information, and patient observations and findings, in order to enhance patient care and management. Students will be encouraged to use appropriate terminology to report deviations from normal in a concise manner to colleagues and the multi-professional team. The utilisation of a variety of teaching and learning strategies will provide students with the opportunity to engage in critical dialogue and debate surrounding the theories and models of history taking and assessment, as well as the ethical and legal frameworks which govern professional practice

The core curriculum includes:

  • A critical analysis and evaluation of the knowledge that underpins systematic
    history taking and assessment of patients in a variety of health care settings
  • Development of knowledge of anatomy and physiology in relation to the
    history taking and physical assessment process
  • An introduction to the concept of history taking and physical assessment, and
    discussion of the key theoretical approaches to these concepts
  • Development of the key skills and knowledge of techniques in relation to
    physical assessment and those required to formulate a strategic management
    plan for the overall care and management of the patient
  • A discussion of the implications of professional role developments, including
    the ethical and legal dimensions of professional practice and corresponding
    communication strategies.

All courses within the LBR portfolio are accredited and these credits can be used towards the BSc (Hons) Professional Practice degree award. For further information on the award, please see the BSc (Hons) Professional Practice entry on the LBR course page or contact lbr@lincoln.ac.uk

Note: All communications will be by email, to place of work email addresses. 

Contact Dates


Courses are 11 weeks in duration, 1 day per week. In addition, 60 hours supervised practice must be completed, signed and submitted with the portfolio.

The student will be required to identify a clinical supervisor to ensure competencies are met and signed. Supervisors can be: a qualified nurse who has undertaken and passed this course or an equivalent course, or a doctor who is a CT2 or above.

This course has 22 LBR funded places, applications will be accepted up until one month before the start date and LBR funding approval sought from your trust or Health Education England for the East Midlands. In the case of over-subscription at this point, a prioritisation exercise will take place in conjunction with the health community. We strongly advise you to book all contact dates with your employing organisation in preparation for an offer of a place following submission of your application.

This course may be eligible for funding on LBR programmes, supported by East Midlands LETB, a sub-committee of NHS East Midlands.  Please check website for details at http://lbr.eastmidlands.nhs.uk

Further details, Email: lbr@lincoln.ac.uk