Seminar Week Course

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Seminar Dates
Forest Centre, near Bedford Monday 23/09/2019 - Friday 27/09/2019 Please phone for availability
Forest Centre, near Bedford Monday 21/10/2019 - Friday 25/10/2019 Places available
Forest Centre, near Bedford Monday 02/12/2019 - Friday 06/12/2019 Places available
Forest Centre, near Bedford Monday 13/01/2020 - Friday 17/01/2020 Places available
Forest Centre, near Bedford Monday 24/02/2020 - Friday 28/02/2020 Places available
Forest Centre, near Bedford Monday 23/03/2020 - Friday 27/03/2020 Places available
Forest Centre, near Bedford Monday 18/05/2020 - Friday 22/05/2020 Places available

Course Price - £900 - Book Now

Tutors:Dr Gina Johnson, Dr Ian Hill-Smith

This course runs from Monday to Friday and comprises seminars on the assessment and management of minor illness, the relevant pharmacology and research evidence. Practical, focussed and intensive, it covers all the important facts and explains the basic principles of pharmacology in a way that will inspire and fascinate you.  It can be taken in two modules: see Clinical Skills and Pharmacology.

  • Introduction
  • Minor Illness for Non-Doctors
  • Tips on examination
  • Sore throat, earache and cough
  • UTI, D&V and musculoskeletal pain
  • Rashes and mouth problems
  • Infections and antibiotics
  • Communication and change management
  • How drugs work
  • The ins and outs of pills and potions
  • How to write a perfect prescription
  • Using drugs in clinical practice
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Accreditation requirements (for those doing the six-month course)

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Six months’ free access to the members’ section of our website is available to students attending this course. Students are provided with a copy of the Minor Illness Manual, and a memory stick with notes and resource materials for each lecture are included. Buffet lunch, snacks and drinks will be provided each day. If possible, we ask you to bring a stethoscope on the first day.

It is possible to attend the seminar week as a “standalone” course, and receive a certificate of attendance. But the NMC recommends that nurses should have certificates of competence in all areas of their practice.  For this reason, we recommend that students undertake the Nmic Minor Illness Diploma (link). This entails a six-month clinical placement with an approved mentor (usually a GP).


They will also need to successfully complete four assignments:-

  • Pharmacology Scenarios
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Case Studies
  • Organisational Skills

They must also submit a completed Manual of Clinical Competencies, countersigned by their mentor.  There is a separate charge for the diploma course.  Students may decide after they have attended the seminar week whether they want to undertake the Nmic Diploma, but it must be completed within one year of their attendance.

The Royal College of Nursing will issue a Certificate of Attendance for this course if requested.

Suitable for: nurses and paramedics working in primary care or A&E.

Book your place now.