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AOL09 Neck and shoulder complaints: A skills update

Course summary

Registered nurses, paramedics and other allied healthcare professionals who assess shoulder injuries and ailments in acute settings may well find this course useful.

The course focusses on adult patients of 18 years plus. It’s particularly relevant to practitioners working in emergency, urgent care or surgery settings, plus those who carry out home visits.

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

  • Refresh knowledge of neck and shoulder anatomy
  • Revise taking a targeted, organised, safe patient history 
  • Explore assessment of the neck and shoulder, including physical examination and x-ray findings
  • Discuss various diagnosis and conditions of the neck and shoulder
  • Gaining confidence in choosing appropriate management options, including safe and appropriate referral

Course programme

  • A closer look at the anatomy of the shoulder and neck
  • Best practice in history taking 
  • Examination technique to include assessment for neurological and functional deficit
  • How to interpret X-rays and findings
  • Common shoulder injuries and ailments and associated treatment choices
    -This will include accidents and injuries, sport injuries and ailments (e.g. tendonitis, “frozen shoulder”, and rotator cuff injuries)
  • When to refer on for specialist investigation/opinion 

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