Health Assessment of the Child

Key information

Start date:
27 September 2024
Attendance dates:

27 September 2024

11, 25 October 2024

08, 29 November 2024

05 December 2024

17, 31 January 2025

Kate Granger Building, 30 Priestley Road, Surrey Research Park, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7YH

Depending on the subject and content, modules will mainly be delivered via a combination of face-to-face and online.

Some modules may be taught at: Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH
Contact details:
  • Level
    6 (undergraduate)
  • Credits
  • Module code

Module overview

This module will enable you to apply a consultation process for the individual and the develop a patient-centred management plan. 

You will be equipped to undertake a health assessment of the patient/client across the body systems to identify a patient’s health care needs, complete a structured assessment, confidently recognise normal vs abnormal parameters for the individual, and use your findings to develop differential diagnoses.

Module aims

This module aims to enable you to develop comprehensive knowledge, understanding and experience in person centred health assessments, for a range of body systems. It will develop competence and confidence in applying decision-making theories to assessment findings to develop differential diagnoses and subsequent management plans.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate and apply consultation models to promote the development of systematic and person-centred health assessments, whilst considering the healthcare environment, ethics and professional requirements.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in safely applying theoretical assessment frameworks and utilisation of a wide array of assessment methods to acquire a concise and holistic patient history and examination findings.
  • Differentiate between assessment findings categorised as “normal” and “deviations of normal” for the individual, and employ clinical decision making theories to critically analyse their significance, and identify appropriate differential diagnoses.
  • Analyse and utilise current clinical evidence and guidelines to develop a person-centred management plan that optimises their care and outcomes. This will include demonstrating the capability to facilitate multiprofessional communication and working.


Course content

Indicative content includes:

  • Multi-professional working
  • Consultation models
  • Clinical decision-making theories
  • History taking
  • Body system-based health assessments, including general survey, respiratory, cardiac, gastro-intestinal, neurological, musculoskeletal, skin, mental health, ear, nose and throat.

Learning and teaching methods

Learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures.
  • Online – captured content addressing module content, and discussion boards as a further opportunity to share multi-professional perspectives.
  • Simulation – providing opportunities to apply health assessment theory to practice. 
  • Discussion – drawing on student’s current clinical experience and multi-profession perspectives.
  • Practice-based learning and supervision – application of health assessment knowledge and skills in the workplace setting.


  • Case study, 60%, 1500 words 
  • Clinical log, Pass/Fail
  • OSCE, 40%, 15 minutes

OSCE date

  • TBC

Attendance is mandatory.

Course leader

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Amy Dopson

Associate Professor & Head of Department: Continuing Professional Development and Post Graduate Education

Reading list

Take a look at the module reading list.

Additional information

This module is a pre-requisite for the following modules:

Entry requirements

  • Ability to study at level 6
  • Recognised healthcare professional qualification and current professional registration with the NMC, HCPC, GPhC. 
  • Employed within UK healthcare as a registered healthcare professional. 
  • Access to a supervisor for a minimum of 15 hours:
    • At minimum the supervisor will be a registrant with the GMC NMC, HCPC or GPhC who has successfully completed a level 6 or 7 Health Assessment module, or equivalent.  For MSc ACP students your supervisor will be an advanced practitioner with a minimum of three years autonomous working at advanced practice level or Doctor with the required knowledge and skills.

Fees and funding


How to apply

Please download and fill in an application form. 

Please note: 

  1. Applications close 2 August 2024 and may close earlier if we reach a maximum number of applications. If we still have spaces on the course, we may extend the application deadline date.
  2. It is important to ensure that you complete all sections and answer all questions, incomplete forms will cause a delay and may result in you missing out on an available place.
  3. If you are registered on a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course then you will need to complete an application form for each CPD module you wish to apply for.

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Terms and conditions

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If your sponsoring healthcare provider is funding you for this module, by submitting an application you agree to allow all information regarding your module (for example your exam results) to be shared with the sponsoring provider.

Cancellation policy

If you withdraw less than seven days before the module commences or do not attend on the first day (without informing the module administrator) the full cost of the module will be charged. Withdrawals after the module commences will also be charged.

Module availability

Places are confirmed approximately one month before the module start date. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps. 


Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to module content) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the module. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a module with us. Read the full disclaimer.

Course location and contact details

Campus location

Kate Granger Building

Our Medicine (Graduate Entry) BMBS degree, nursing and midwifery, and health science courses are taught at the Kate Granger Building (30 Priestley Road), on the Surrey Research Park.

Additional information

Depending on the subject and content, modules will mainly be delivered via a combination of face-to-face and online. Some modules may be taught at: Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH.

Post-registration Administration team

University of Surrey
Surrey GU2 7XH