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AOL6 Refresh and refine knee assessment techniques and management skills

Course summary

This highly interactive course is best suited to health care professionals such as registered nurses and paramedics who examine and assess knee injuries and ailments in acute settings. Typically, these settings are Emergency Departments or Urgent Care environments, but also community settings such as GPs surgeries and in the patient’s own home. Knee presentations seen in patients 11 years and older will provide the focus of the session.

Who should attend?

Those attending this course will already be practising in an advanced practitioner role. They will therefore already have a good understanding of anatomy and physiology of the body part being taught.

Delegates should also have competent history taking skills as this will not be covered in any great depth. It is also expected that attendees will practice the assessment skills outside of the course session to consolidate their learning. 

Important notes

The course is a half day course. If delivered face to face a morning and afternoon session to two different groups will be held.

All course material, certificate of attendance and evaluations are provided. 


Course duration Course CPD In-house Course
0.5 day(s) 4 hour(s) POA

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Aims / objectives

  • Revisit the anatomy of the knee and its functions
  • Revise taking an organised, safe patient history 
  • Best assessment practices, including physical examinations and x-ray findings
  • Discuss differential diagnoses of knee injuries
  • To have an improved understanding of appropriate management options, including safe and appropriate referral

Course programme

  • Detailed examination of the anatomy of the knee 
  • Revision of history taking 
  • Examination technique to include assessing for neurological and functional deficit
  • How to understand and interpret X-ray findings
  • Common knee injuries and ailments and associated treatment choices
    -This will include accidents and injuries, sport injuries and ailments (e.g. sprains, meniscal tears, ligament strains, bursitis, septic arthritis, and childhood issues
  • When to refer on for specialist investigation/opinion 

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