Frequently Asked Questions About Minor Illness Accreditation

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Q. My colleague, who is a nurse practitioner, says that this course is not a sufficient qualification for treating patients with minor illness. Will I be OK medico-legally following the guidelines I learn on this course?
A. Over 2,000 nurses have taken the Nmic course, which has been established for 22 years. No- one has had any legal difficulty with the qualification. Dr Fay Wilson said that Nmic is the “industry gold standard” course. Many universities have bought our published material to use as the clinical basis of their courses. The Minor Illness Manual is the standard text. We have asked the opinion of nurse practitioners who take the Nmic diploma after completing a university course on the management of minor illness. Their comments were that although their nurse practitioners’ course was good academic stuff, they found it lacked practical impact. Most Universities cannot provide lecturers with extensive first-hand knowledge and experience of seeing patients.
Q. Is it possible for some of my clinical mentoring to be with a nurse practitioner, rather than a GP?
A. Yes, you can agree with your mentor to delegate some of the teaching and clinical supervision to other appropriately skilled clinicians. This can broaden your learning. Your mentor, who has signed the Learning Contract, takes responsibility for ensuring that this clinician is adequately qualified for the task, and the mentor must personally sign off your Manual of Clinical Competencies. For the Nmic diploma the mentor must either be a GP or alternatively a qualified minor illness clinician who has been personally assessed and accredited by the Nmic team. (This accreditation carries a cost; please email us for details).
Q. I’m not sure if I have completed my assignment properly. Please could you check it for me before I submit it?
A. No. A response to an Nmic assignment cannot be assessed in advance of marking. If you have a concern about an assignment after reading the requirements in the documentation, email us before you start to confirm that your chosen subject is appropriate.
Q. My daughter has just broken her leg and I am off work looking after her. Can I defer my Case Studies assignment?
A. Yes, but only if you email to request a deferment so we can agree a new date for submission.
Q. I work in a prison, and do not deal with children in the course of my work. How can I submit a Child case study?
A. The Nmic diploma is a transferrable qualification, so you should arrange with an alternative health care provider to spend some time managing children.
Q. My work is almost exclusively concerned with managing chronic diseases, such as visiting housebound diabetic patients or those with severe COPD. I will find it hard to submit any acute cases for my case studies. Can I submit one on diabetes management instead?
A. No, and it sounds as though the course is not appropriate to your current role. The case study assignments must focus on acute presentations of symptoms considered by either the patient or the clinician to be caused by a minor illness.
Q. I work in a Walk-in Centre where many of the nurses have already completed your course. I am having trouble finding a topic for my Organisational Skills assignment. Would it be satisfactory to discuss setting up a Travel Health clinic, or extending an existing "under 25" chlamydia screening clinic to over 25's?
A. No, the topic for your assignment must relate to the management of minor illness. You could, for example, do an assignment on how the Walk-In Centre can manage to continue to provide a first contact service with the likely reduction in funding. Whatever your topic it is necessary that you ensure a link between a management tool and a process, and that you include a review following such a change. The key is to link a management tool with a decision. For example:
  • low funding is a threat to continued service
  • SWOT analysis: strength of broad skills of staff, opportunity to make casemix changes
  • a plan to change the type of problem seen by different clinicians
  • changes in hours or staff numbers therefore possible
  • Gantt Chart to plan the change
  • Review
Q. I am struggling to get my sessions with my GP at the moment. Could you let me know the last date for submission of the manual of clinical competencies?
A. It is a requirement of the Nmic Diploma course that it must be completed within one year.