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Clinical Examination and Case Management

Duration: Flexible, but approximately 1 year
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: Module
Not suitable for international students
Start date: View attendance dates
Faculty of Health Studies


This 30 credit, Level 7 blended learning module from the School of Midwifery and Reproductive Health enables students to gain bespoke skills and competencies associated with their area of practice. 

Students develop an understanding of advanced practice, subject specific principles and underpinning theory for examining their client group. Clinical skills in assessment will be developed in order to undertake safe examinations amongst specified client groups, with the ability to demonstrate higher level clinical reasoning and problem solving.

As minimal university attendance is required, some areas can be studied by distance learning. The module runs over the academic year with flexible finishing dates depending on the achievement of clinical competencies.

Students can choose their specialist focus:

  • Advanced Perineal Assessment and Repair
    An opportunity for experienced midwives working in intrapartum care to develop their skills, including training other staff in perineal assessment and repair
  • Assisted Birth
    An opportunity for experienced midwives working in intrapartum care, focusing on preparing midwives to undertake ventouse delivery
  • Contemporary Midwifery Practice
    Extends midwifery skills in the support of women with complex care needs, enabling women to have positive birth experiences
  • Contraception and Sexual Health (CASH)
    Designed for staff working directly in sexual health services (level 3), or in level 1 and 2 services providing contraception advice
  • External Cephalic Version (ECV)
    An exciting new development for midwives providing antenatal care to take on this extended role
  • Gynaecology
    An opportunity for nurses working in acute / oncological gynaecology settings to establish nurse-led services
  • High Dependency Care of the Childbearing Woman
    Develops the skills required to provide care throughout the childbearing continuum for women on an obstetric high dependency unit
  • Physical Examination of the Newborn / 6-8 Week Examination
    Designed for midwives, neonatal nurses, health visitors and advanced nurse practitioners working with newborn babies and infants

Application deadline: 31 October 2018

Why Bradford?

This innovative module is directly relevant to clinical practice and, for most selections, the student has the option to study through distance learning with minimal university attendance.

Entry requirements

  • A registered qualification with a UK professional regulatory organisation, such as the NMC (for cervical screening specialty, be prepared to take membership of the BSGE by the start of the programme)
  • Be working in an appropriate clinical environment (cervical screening specialty will require a recognised BSGE trainer in your host organisation)

English language requirements:

Students for whom English is not a first language must have an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

Skills and competencies covered

  • Development of understanding of subject specific principles for anatomical examination and assessments with associated theories in the specified client group
  • Clinical skills in assessment will be developed in order to undertake safe assessment, with the ability to demonstrate higher level clinical reasoning and appropriate problem solving

Outline Syllabus

  • Case histories drawn from primary, secondary and tertiary health care settings covering a range of anatomical systems and multiple functional physiology and pathologies
  • On line teaching materials on systematic anatomy, anatomical assessment and related physiology giving consideration to clinical effectiveness
  • Ethical and Legal and professional aspects of extending roles
  • Protocols and procedures and the auditing of practice
  • Clinical governance and clinical effectiveness
  • Critical reading skills


  • A 2500 words case study / audit
  • A clinical logbook containing bespoke competencies to be achieved
  • A short OSCE (objective simulated clinical examination)

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career prospects

This module provides the student the opportunity to develop skills in advanced practice and pursue a career as a specialist practitioner.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £1,500 (standard 30 credit module fee)


  • Home/EU: £1,545 (standard 30 credit module fee)

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

Funding for eligible staff within the region will be reviewed by Health Education England (HEE) in the coming months for the 2017/18 academic year. We advise all applicants to apply as normal for 2017/18 courses and further information will be provided as soon as it is available.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

If you wish to apply for a module at the Faculty of Health Studies please download our module application form below:

Return completed forms to the FoHS recruitment team via email.

If you are being funded by HEYH, you will also need to complete a SSPRD funding form:

Please be aware that employer support does not guarantee the availability of funding.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.