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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.
  • Reduction of digital fracture and dislocations.
  • Nails:
  • IGTN
  • Subungal haematoma/trephining
  • Avulsed nails
  • Reimplantation
  • Removal of foreign bodies.
  • Wounds:
  • Classification/management
  • Closure/deep sutures/demo/practice
  • Removal of foreign bodies ear/eye/nose/others.
  • Infections:
  • Paronychia
  • Minor abscesses.

Led by


AR04 Minor injury essentials: accredited by the RCN Centre for Professional Accreditation

RCN accredited until June 10th 2020. Accreditation applies only to the educational content of the programme and not to any product.

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

Morning and afternoon refreshments, all course materials, evaluation and certificate of attendance are provided.
Quality assurance: hands-on workshop. Maximum student-trainer ratio: 12:1.
RCN cannot confirm competence of any practitioner. Competence must be developed in the workplace. The course is not a replacement for full patient assessment training.


Course duration Course CPD Full price
(incl VAT) per person
3 day(s) 21 hour(s) £460


Dates Block size Block
Individual discount
03 Mar 2020 to 05 Mar 2020 4 10% n/a
24 Jun 2020 to 26 Jun 2020 4 10% n/a
26 Oct 2020 to 28 Oct 2020 4 10% n/a

Dates / venues

Location - venue Dates No. of people  
London - St Bart's Hospital 03 Mar 2020 to
05 Mar 2020
London - St Bart's Hospital 24 Jun 2020 to
26 Jun 2020
London - UCH Education Centre 26 Oct 2020 to
28 Oct 2020