We asked some of our students to tell us about their experience of our clinical modules.

Mike Brooke

Advanced Paramedic Practitioner with the North West Ambulance Service

Clinical Examination Skills Module

Mike Brooke

The Clinical Examination Skills module was central in my choice to study the MSc Advanced Practice (Health and Social Care) at the University of Bolton. As a Paramedic, much of my role involves the assessment and management of patients with acute and sub acute clinical conditions, and I have often felt that my examinations do not give me a complete and honest picture of the patient's current state of health.

I've read various books and journal articles in an attempt to get a better understanding of the process of examination, but have often been left wondering if I’m doing it correctly, and consequently, whether my findings are accurate. In retrospect, I wasn’t, and they probably weren’t!

The clinical examination skills module has used an evidence based approach, combined with a highly experienced tutor to bring to life the process of patient examination.

The module combines sufficient theory to underpin each practical examination, whilst ensuring that the module is ‘hands on’, interactive and fun to engage with. I now feel much more confident to assess each of the major systems, and am much happier to underpin my clinical decisions with the evidence I have elicited from the examination.

The skills were taught in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, in a well equipped and pleasant suite. I felt that the programme tutors provided sufficient time to enable each student to grasp new or unfamiliar techniques, whilst ensuring that each student had sufficient extra time to practice areas if assessment which they found challenging.

Unlike other practical modules that I have undertaken in the past, I felt that the course examination was tough, but fair. It was fantastic to practice on real patients, some of whom had genuine pathology to identify, and be assessed by practicing clinicians looking for ‘real world’ standards of competency. This process reassured me that I have developed sufficient new skills to allow my clinical decision making to be safe and effective, and has helped boost my confidence when working in new departments or settings, alongside practitioners from other fields of healthcare. 

I would highly recommend the module to anyone who undertakes advanced patient assessment as part of their work role, and have suggested to a number of colleagues that they would benefit from the learning opportunities that the module provides.

Biological Basis of Disease & Therapeutics Module

This module was by far the best that I have studied at MSc level, at any of the universities which I have attended. Prior to attending the programme I felt that I had a good working knowledge of pathophysiological processes. However, this module has taken my knowledge to a much greater depth and made me feel far more confident in the assessment and management of patients suffering acute medical conditions. 

The module exposed me, as a student, to a much deeper level of pathophysiology and integrated this with key assessment findings to help produce a more holistic understanding of how each many of the key disease processes affect the patient. The module blends theoretical concepts with real life examples , and when required, underpins this with teaching from experienced and enthusiastic clinicians. 

The theoretical knowledge gained during this module is often complex and challenging to acquire; yet it was taught in a friendly and relaxed way with sufficient time for each student to fully grasp the concepts being discussed.

The theoretical knowledge gained during this module is often complex and challenging to acquire; yet it was taught in a friendly and relaxed way with sufficient time for each student to fully grasp the concepts being discussed. There is often no easy way to understand many of the processes which influence the progression of disease in patients, yet through a good mix of lectures, discussion and self directed study the module leader ensured each student gained the relevant knowledge to better inform their future practice.

I have no hesitation in recommending this module to anyone who wishes to gain a more in depth understanding of the processes of disease progression, and the associated therapeutic interventions which are used by the medical community to kerb or reverse these pathologies.

The knowledge is essential for practitioners working at my current level, and without this module I would feel ill equipped to manage many of the patients whom I treat on a daily basis.

Judith Coey

Emergency Department Staff Nurse Manchester Royal Infirmary

Judith Coey

I commenced my post graduate training at the University of Bolton as I wanted to learn more clinical skills to better look after patients. I began as a CPD module and I am now looking to join the MSc Clinical Practice on its successful validation! I can honestly say I have never listened to lectures as much. The teaching approach has been second to none, but most of all I personally couldn't be more thankful for the support and encouragement. The facilities are realistic to really be able to apply new knowledge to practice. 

I worked on a vascular surgery ward for five years, realising that management wasn't for me at that stage is my career and so moved to the Emergency Department to look more about medicine and urgent care. I first went to Bolton University to do one module to help with this transition. I now have completed three modules and commencing a 4th in September.

The whole learning experience at the University of Bolton has been so valuable. I paid for two of these modules myself. Yes, it is challenging but so rewarding when you understand more about patients presentations and make their care journey a safe one. Thanks to the University, I now know my future path in Clinical Nursing and working towards becoming a nurse practitioner. I would re-attend the modules I have already done again as top ups as I valued the teaching delivery. 

I truly believe the education provided at the faculty of health at the University of Bolton makes a huge impact to safe structured patient care.

Leanne Cunningham 

Assistant Practitioner, Medical Assessment Unit, Royal Albert & Edward Infirmary

Acute Illness Management Module

Leanne Cunningham

This module is designed to make professionals aware of the signs and symptoms an acutely ill patient may present at hospital and teach the correct actions and medical interventions that should be taken in order to manage the patient as quickly and as effectively as possible. 

As an Assistant Practitioner on a medical assessment unit, I believe this module is essential for increasing my knowledge and improving on my clinical skill as the whole module is structured by:

• Airway

• Breathing

• Circulation. 

The simulation suite is a fantastic place to learn essential skills and gain knowledge surrounding clinical examinations.  I have learned so much from this module because it was not in a classroom with PowerPoint presentations after PowerPoint presentations, it was actually getting the student involved, allowing us to look, listen, feel and find information out for ourselves. This kind of learning has increased my confidence when in my working environment.

The simulation suite is set out like a real ward in a hospital; this was very useful as the surroundings were very familiar and I felt more confident.

I found this to be very helpful as I could relay the knowledge and skills that I have learned and utilise it in my own place of work and also teach other members on the ward of my new-found knowledge. This module also allowed me to learn from my colleagues as well as increase and pass on information.

The one thing that I will take from this module is: you're not as good as you think. There is always room to improve knowledge and skills.

I would certainly recommend this module to anyone that would like to look after patients quickly and effectively.