Minor illness and minor injuries for health professionals who are providing first contact care (degree level)

Key features

This 20 credit degree-level module will enable you to safely and effectively assess and treat minor illness and injury in primary care settings such as general practice, schools and HM Prison.

Throughout the module you will receive formative feedback from both tutors and peers on your performance and the demonstration of the management of case studies/scenarios and specific clinical skills. The course tutors will use a blended teaching approach utilising lectures, small group discussion, case studies, clinical slides and role play.

Module code




FHEQ level

Level 6 - bachelors degree


Blended learning approach with face to face delivery in Exeter

*This module was previously known as HEAC347

Course details

At the end of the module you will be able to:

  • analyse and critique the development of your use of consultation skills including history taking and your performance when carrying out simple examinations.
  • be confident and flexible in formulating a differential diagnosis, propose approaches and agree a management plan.
  • operate in sometimes complex situations including the recognition and identification of symptoms that require prompt referral.
  • manage self-limiting disease and promote healthy living and self-care when appropriate.
  • select and manage information competently in order to plan, propose and implement evidence based treatment options.
  • critically reflect and evaluate current practice and work autonomously within a range of professional competencies and sphere of practice.

This module can be studied as a standalone module or as an optional module towards some of our BSc (Hons) Professional Development pathways - please contact the Professional Development Unit for further information.

Module dates

The dates for this module are 11, 18 and 25 January, and 1, 8 and 15 February 2018.

(Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change – always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit).

Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers. In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date. Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for the module you need to:

  • be either a registered health and social care professional or a health and social care worker in possession of previous study at level 5 (Diploma of Higher Education) or a foundation degree.
  • be currently working in clinical practice.
  • identify a mentor within the work base. Ideally the mentor should be a GP, senior nurse colleague or another suitably qualified health professional with up to date minor illness and injury training.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2017/18 academic year

Please see our professional development module fees page.


Funding for this module may be available through your employing trust. To apply please contact your Trust’s Educational Co-ordinator who will guide you through the application process.

If you work in the private, independent and voluntary sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.