Clinical Skills 5 develops clinical reasoning and critical thinking skills, to prepare students entering clinical placement and osteopathic practice. The unit further develops students’ skills in case-history taking, clinical examination, osteopathic manual techniques and management of common conditions presenting in osteopathic practice relating to the abdomen. There is a focus on the development of new skills in High Velocity Low Amplitude (HVLA) techniques for junctional regions and visceral manual osteopathic technique. Students participate in clinical placement observation hours alongside this unit which allows students to observe these skills used in practice by senior osteopathic .students.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
The first assessment is a practical skills demonstration of the abdominal examination that is conducted face to face. In Assessment 2 students will demonstrate their history taking skills, identify and record the details of a patient case and write a short reflection on their performance. The case study analysis in assessment task 3 will require students to apply their knowledge relating to the presentation of abdominal conditions including pathophysiology, clinical features, medical testing and patient management strategies. The final assessment is a practical skills demonstration of visceral osteopathic technique and HVLA techniques for junctional regions that is conducted face to face.
This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):