Minor Illness and Minor Injuries for Remote Medics

Course Structure and Content

This course is delivered in a distance learning format divided into two parts with a total of twelve modules.  Each module includes a review of the relevant anatomy and physiology and then discusses the diagnosis, assessment and management of common minor illness or injury related problems encountered by the remote medic.  A range of treatment options will be discussed but the emphasis is on the use of over-the-counter (OTC) (General Sales List (GSL) and Pharmacy (P)) medicines most readily available to the remote and expedition medic who may have limited or no idependent prescribing authority.

Modules are divided into units covering discreet topics and each unit includes self-assessment questions and exercises to aid learning. Each module concludes with one or more clinical cases to allow students to apply the principles of assessment and management discussed within the module.

When all of the modules have been completed, students will receive a final course assessment including an open-book examination paper consisting of multiple-choice and short-answer questions and further clinical cases to assess diagnostic and treatment knowledge. On successful submission of this paper, students will receive a certificate of completion with an indication of the number of hours of learning for CPD recording purposes.

It is estimated that most students who are studying part-time will take four to six months to complete the course but students have up to 18 months from commencing the course to submitting the final assessment.

Part One - Minor Illness

Module One - Core Skills

1.1.1 Introduction to minor illness management

1.1.2 Recording a patient history

1.1.3 Examination skills

1.1.4 Differential diagnosis and clinical reasoning

1.1.5 Prescribing and administration of medicines

1.1.6 Documentation

1.1.7 Referral and follow-up


Module Three - Ear, Nose, Throat and Eye Conditions

1.3.1 Review of anatomy and physiology

1.3.2 Colds and flu

1.3.3 Cough and sore throat

1.3.4 Hayfever

1.3.5 Mouth ulcers

1.3.6 Ear ache and ear infection

1.3.7 Sinusitis

1.3.8 Nose bleed (epistaxis)

1.3.9 Sore eyes (conjunctivitis) and styes

1.3.10 Dental problems


Module Five - Neurological Problems

1.5.1 Review of anatomy and physiology

1.5.2 Headache and migraine

1.5.3 Motion sickness

1.5.4 Dizziness

1.5.5 General approach to managing pain

1.5.6 Neck and back pain

1.5.7 Temporary sleep disturbance

Module Two - Gastrointestinal System

1.2.1 Review of anatomy and physiology

1.2.2 Indigestion (dyspepsia)

1.2.3 Diarrhoea

1.2.4 Constipation

1.2.5 Haemorrhoids

1.2.6 Irritable bowel syndrome

1.2.7 Threadworm and roundworm


Module Four - Skin Conditions

1.4.1 Review of anatomy and physiology

1.4.2 Dry skin, dermatitis and eczema

1.4.3 Scabies

1.4.4 Verrucas and warts

1.4.5 Athletes foot

1.4.6 Ingrowing toenail and fungal nail infection

1.4.7 Boils

1.4.8 Insect bites and stings

1.4.9 Leeches and ticks

1.4.10 Headlice

1.4.11 Sunburn


Module Six - Womens Health

1.6.1 Review of anatomy and physiology

1.6.2 Vaginal candidiasis

1.6.3 Vaginitis and vaginal dryness

1.6.4 Cystitis

1.6.5 Chlamydia

1.6.6 Premenstrual syndrome

1.6.7 Emergency contraception

Part Two - Minor Injury 

Module One - Introduction to Minor Injury Management

2.1.1 The nature of minor injuries

2.1.2 Assessment and examination of injuries

2.1.3 Tissue healing and repair

2.1.4 General approach to acute soft-tissue injury

2.1.5 Wound management and closure

2.1.6 Assessment and management of minor burns

2.1.7 Tetanus

2.1.8 Animal and human bites


Module Three - Shoulder and Upper Arm Injuries

2.3.1 Review of anatomy and physiology

2.3.2 Assessment of shoulder injuries

2.3.3 Dislocation of the shoulder (glenohumeral) joint

2.3.4 Rotator cuff injury

2.3.5 Fractured clavicle

2.3.6 Upper arm injuries


Module Five - Knee and Ankle Injuries

2.5.1 Review of anatomy and physiology

2.5.2 Assessment: who needs an X-ray?

2.5.3 Soft-tissue injuries of the knee

2.5.4 Ankle sprains

2.5.5 Achilles tendon injuries

Module Two - Head, Neck and Facial Injuries

2.2.1 Review of anatomy and physiology

2.2.2 Assessment and management of minor head injury

2.2.3 Scalp lacerations

2.2.4 Suspected injury to facial bones

2.2.5 Facial lacerations

2.2.6 Ear cartilage lacerations

2.2.7 Eye injury and foreign body in the eye


Module Four - Elbow, Wrist and Hand Injuries

2.4.1 Review of anatomy and physiology

2.4.2 Assessment of elbow

2.4.3 Dislocation of the elbow

2.4.4 Olecronon bursitis

2.4.5 Lateral and medial epicondylitis

2.4.6 Assessment of the wrist and forearm

2.4.7 Assessment of hand injuries

2.4.8 Metacarpal fractures

2.4.9 Fracture and dislocation of the fingers

2.4.10 Management of wounds to the hand


Module Six - Foot and Toe Injuries

2.6.1 Review of anatomy and physiology

2.6.2 Assessment of the foot and toes

2.6.3 Fractures

2.6.4 Dislocation/displacement of toes

2.6.5 Wounds to the foot

Sample Unit

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Please note that this course is currently undergoing significant redevelopment. You can apply for the course at any time but there may be some delay in forwarding modules. We are working to minimise this delay but, in the interim, the usual restriction of 18 months to completion has been lifted.

Booking and Course Fees

The course can be commenced at any time and completed in a flexible manner to suit the students' commitments and timetable. The only time limit is that the final assessment must be submitted within 18 months of commencing the course.

To book your place on the course simply download and complete the application form below and return it to the address on the form. Payment should be made by BACS transfer and the account details will be supplied once your application is received.

The course fees are as follows:

Part One - Minor Illness £249.00

Part Two - Minor Injury £249.00

Or book and pay for both parts of the course together at the reduced rate of £449.00.

Course fees include the distance learning modules, final course assessment and certificate of completion.

The modules will be sent to you in PDF format as an email attachment.

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