This course is 'Subject to Approval' and has not yet completed the University’s approvals process. Whilst we are confident that the course will be approved, there is the possibility that the course may not run or may be subject to alterations. This course is due to be validated by April 2022 after which we will write to all applicants who have applied for the course to let them know the outcome and of any changes. In the event that a course is not approved the University will make reasonable efforts to offer an alternative course at the University.

AdvDip(CPD) Clinical Skills for Community and General Practice Nursing Specific (Adult) (HE7)

Are you a registered healthcare professional working in the community setting or general practice with an interest in caring for adults with acute and long-term conditions? This short course focuses on building your clinical examination skills, communication skills and ability to apply a systematic approach to the physical assessment and monitoring of adults in your care.

 Clinical Skills for Community and General Practice Nursing Specific (Adult) (HE7)

Key information



Mode of Study:



14 weeks


University of Bolton

Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

All healthcare professionals require clinical examination skills to accurately assess patients of all ages and inform their healthcare journey. Caring for adults in community and primary care is influenced by multiple complex factors and demands skilled assessment and management. This stand-alone advanced professional development course offered by the University of Bolton will help develop your clinical examination skills in adults with acute and long-term conditions.

Our expert team will guide you through taking a history in a systematic and organised way so that you can distinguish normal from abnormal pathology, identify how acute the episode is, who to refer the case on to and assess the level of urgency. You'll learn how to identify red flags, make sense of your findings, and link them to specific disease processes to aid in the diagnosis of ill health.

We'll support you in developing advanced communication skills. You'll learn to assess a range of systems relevant to community and primary care nursing practice, including (but not limited to) the abdominal, respiratory, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal and integumentary systems. We'll also explore the national and local drivers of integrated working and managing individuals presenting with acute and long-term conditions in community and primary care settings.

  • Our dedicated academic team have a wealth of experience working in health and social care settings and are engaged in relevant research, bringing their expertise and passion for service excellence to their teaching.
  • The course is flexible and designed to fit in with busy home and working lives.
  • As you study this course, we'll encourage you to develop the skills, values and behaviours so popular with employers. These include action planning, personal impact and confidence, self-awareness, social and ethical responsibility, problem-solving, initiative and communication skills.
  • Upon successfully completing this course, you'll be awarded an Advanced Diploma of Continuing Professional Development in Clinical Skills for Community and General Practice Nursing Specific (Adult) worth 20 credits at Level HE7.
Key Features
  • We've been offering high-quality courses specifically designed to meet the needs of the health and social care sector for over 30 years.
  • We have the knowledge and experience to anticipate and respond to change, and our courses and programmes respond directly to the requirements of the NHS and the demands of workforce planning.
  • Regular review of the course curriculum ensures that contemporary theories are adopted.
  • Your employer may give you financial support to undertake this course, or you may be self-funded.
  • Completing this course will enhance your problem-solving skills and demonstrate your commitment to lifelong learning.

  • You must offer current professional registration as a health or social care practitioner; for example, registered nurse, allied health professional, or paramedic.
  • You will also normally need to provide evidence of post-registration experience of professional practice as well as a first degree relevant to your health or social care practice.
  • It is preferable for you to have current employment in a community setting or general practice to fulfil the practice element of this course.
  • You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
  • Please note that this course is subject to the University of Bolton's Fitness to Practise procedure.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

This course offers academic progression in the specialist fields of adult community and general practice nursing.

Course fees

Home students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £800 for the academic year 2024/25.

Overseas students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Overseas fee of £800 for the academic year 2024/25.

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2023-2024 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for 'Home' fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for 'Home' fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance for EU students web page on for information.

The fees for a student's course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

Additional costs

There may be some additional or optional costs associated with this course. These will be published after approval of the programme.

For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email

University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.

This advanced professional development course focuses on building your knowledge and understanding of practical examination skills. Lectures are supplemented with practical sessions where you learn the specific skills required for each system discussed during the course. The practical aspects will involve developing clinical examination skills possibly using mannequins, peers and, in some cases, service users in our community simulation suite. We offer a safe and supportive environment where you can develop your clinical examination skills under the supervision of our experienced team.

As well as lectures and tutorials, a range of web-based resources will be made available to you via Moodle, the University's virtual learning environment, to aid you in achieving the knowledge requirement identified. E-learning is also provided via Moodle to enable you to undertake further study in a place and at a time that is convenient for you. This programme adopts a blended learning and teaching style, including online delivery and engagement where appropriate.

Formative assessment supports your learning but does not contribute to your final mark. You'll receive feedback from your tutors and peers that allows you to reflect on your progress and identify what you are doing well and where you may need extra help. Summative assessment tests your achievement of the intended learning outcomes for the course and determines your final mark. For this course, it will involve a written case review and objective structured clinical examinations to assess your knowledge of the systems and findings and apply these in a range of clinical situations.


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

Meet the team

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Kelly Jones
Programme Lead

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903903


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