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AR04 Minor injury essentials Face to Face: Accredited by the RCN Centre for Professional Accreditation

RCN accredited until 12th December 2024. 

Accreditation applies only to the educational content of the programme and not to any product.

The RCN and PDUK cannot confirm competence of any practitioner. Competence must be developed in the workplace. The course is not a replacement for full patient assessment training.

RCN Accreditation focuses on continuing professional development and does not mean that the course has been accredited as equivalent to education or assessment that would demonstrate advanced level practice. The course cannot be used as a route for RCN Credentialing. The course is intended for continuing professional development, provides a knowledge base only and is not suitable for preparation for a new role.

Course summary

This interactive programme focuses on the needs of community practitioners who are now expected to include basic injury review and care.
This minor injuries course will enable you to tackle injuries with confidence and skill.

Who should attend?

Junior doctors
Nurse practitioners
Practice nurses
School nurses
Allied health professionals

Important notes

All course materials, evaluation and certificate of attendance are provided.
Quality assurance: hands-on workshop. Maximum student-trainer ratio: 12:1.
The course runs from 

The course runs from 9:30am- 5:00pm on day 1 and 10:00am- 5:00pm on days 2 & 3.


Course duration Course CPD Full price (incl VAT) per person
3 day(s) 21 hour(s) £590


Dates Block size Block discount
26/06/2024 - 28/06/2024 4 10%
24/09/2024 - 26/09/2024 4 10%
26/11/2024 - 28/11/2024 4 10%

Dates / venues

Location - venue Dates No. of people
London - Guy's Campus, Guy's Hospital 26/06/2024 - 28/06/2024
London - To Be Confirmed 24/09/2024 - 26/09/2024
London - To Be Confirmed 26/11/2024 - 28/11/2024

Aims / objectives

  • Apply history-taking essentials thereby promoting safe practice.
  • Link and apply anatomy of upper and lower body musculoskeletal (MSK) structures to a variety of physical assessment techniques.
  • Discuss appropriate management of common traumatic MSK presentations including principles of analgesia and supportive therapy.
  • Be able to examine and manage various types of wounds. To include closure techniques and patient education.
  • Develop competency in some common basic minor clinical procedures.

Course programme

  • Principles of MSK history taking.
  • Basic assessment of the neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand. To cover:
  • Targeted history taking
  • Anatomy
  • Joint function
  • Essential physical examination techniques/practice
  • Common conditions: signs and symptoms, differential diagnoses
  • Management/referral: EBP, application of PGDs and local policies
  • Case scenarios
  • As above for lower limb assessment: the hip, knee, ankle and foot.
  • Local analgesia:
  • Types/safe levels
  • Local infiltration
  • Digital nerve blocks/demo/practice.
  • Discuss principles of reduction of digital fracture and dislocation
  • Discuss management of common nail presentations:
  • Subungal haematoma/trephining
  • Avulsed nails
  • Discuss methods of removal of foreign bodies from ear/eye/nose/skin/subungual
  • Discuss management of localised infections:
  • Paronychia
  • Assessment of minor abscesses including when to refer.
  • Assessment and management of minor burns including appropriate referral
  • Demonstrate acute wound closure principles and techniques:
  • Simple, interrupted sutures - demo/practice
  • Staples/tissue adhesive/steristrips: demo/practice

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