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Acute Illness in the Community – 3 day event (Hampshire)

5 December 2018 @ 9:15 am - 7 December 2018 @ 4:00 pm

(Hampshire venue to be confirmed)

This course aims to provide the in-depth additional enhanced skills and knowledge necessary for GPNs to provide care for patients who present with specific minor illnesses.

It is aimed at experienced general practice nurses who will be working directly with and supervised by GPs and or experienced Advanced Nurse Practitioners.

This 3-day course is for nurses would like a deeper understanding of how to assess, diagnose and treat commonly occurring conditions in the community.  Nurses will be encouraged to extend their current level of competency through working with others as well as attending this three day course.

The study days are based around the various systems of the body and particular attention will be paid to history taking and diagnosis.  Attendees will also be encouraged to think about the appropriate management of these conditions, as well as recognising when referral to other members of the extended multi-disciplinary team may be indicated, for example when ‘red flags’ have been identified.

It is important to note that attendance at all three days is required to get a full overview of how to assess patients who present with acute illness in the community.

Day 1          5th December

Legal and ethical responsibilities: record keeping, accountability and the 6 Cs in community care

Principles of effective history taking and physical examination

Conditions of the ears, nose, mouth and throat – assessment, diagnosis and management.

The skin – assessment, diagnosis and management of rashes, infections and traumatic wounds

Day 2            6th December

Pains in the neck, head and back – neurological assessment and diagnosis

Common gastro-intestinal problems – presentation, assessment and diagnosis

The genitourinary system – assessment, diagnosis and management of male and female GU problems

Assessing mental health – depression, anxiety and dementia

Day 3         7th December

Carrying out a musculoskeletal assessment and managing pain

Acute on chronic respiratory problems – dealing with acute exacerbations of asthma and COPD

Cardiovascular conditions – the core principles for assessing, diagnosing and immediate management of acute chest pain, suspected stroke and heart failure

Losing the loose ends!  Review of the course – recap of key learning points, plans for ongoing learning and development


Beverley Bostock RGN, BSc, MSc, Nurse Practitioner & Clinical Lead, Education for Health, Warwick

Bev has an enviable mix of theory and practice when it comes to her role as both health care professional and clinical lecturer.   She is a nurse practitioner/ prescriber working in a rural practice in the Cotswolds and also works as a clinical lecturer at Education for Health, where she is the clinical lead for COPD, diabetes, atrial fibrillation, stroke, hypertension and smoking cessation.  She is a visiting lecturer on the MSc in preventive cardiology at Imperial College London.

Bev writes extensively for the nursing press and sits on several editorial boards.  She has a keen interest in the patients’ experience of health care and her dissertation for her MSc examined the concept of what patients themselves want from a consultation, comparing this to the way in which health care is currently delivered in general practice.

In 2014 Bev took on a new role as a special advisor to the Care Quality Commission.


Feedback from a previous delegate:

“Excellent tutor – passionate & a pleasure to listen to. Very informative” (August 2016)

Main contact

Name: Louise Greenwood

Email: louise.greenwood@wessexlmcs.org.uk

Phone: 023 8025 3874

If you have any communication or mobility needs that the event organisers need to be aware of please contact them  in advance of the course to let them know.


5 December 2018 @ 9:15 am
7 December 2018 @ 4:00 pm
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