Practice Placement 1
This unit requires the student to undertake a supervised practice placement of five weeks duration. This will normally be organised by the Practice Placement team at a venue in the North West of England. Learning outcomes for this unit will be achieved by the student managing a caseload of patients with predictable pathologies. The Practice Placement unit does not attract any academic credit. However, the unit is graded pass/fail and must be successfully completed before the student can progress on to the next placement.
Healthcare Delivery (10 credits)
This unit will develops critical skills essential for lifelong learning and engagement in professional practice. Facilitates analysis of how approaches to practice can be modified to meet the needs of individuals from diverse communities and in a variety of clinical contexts.
- Two Strands: foundations in professional practice and health and social care (FIPP and HSC)
- FiPP: Roles and functions of professional, statutory and regulatory bodies.
- Continuing professional development and the life long learning agenda.
- Diversity & cultural competence, promoting equality & people’s rights / responsibilities.
- Evidence based practice, guidelines, protocols, and integrated care pathways.
- Reflective practice, models of reflection, reflective writing and introduction to portfolio development.
There will be a focus on Health in terms of Rehabilitation – social, medical models; preventative (including introduction to health promotion), restorative, maintenance, palliative approaches of rehabilitation, major approaches to psychology and their relevance to health; psychological factors affecting health.
Students will also cover key characteristics of:
- primary care,
- secondary care,
- intermediate care,
- tertiary care,
- residential care,
- private health care,
- voluntary care,
- respite care,
- non-traditional healthcare environments,
- educational & occupational settings.
- the multi-agency perspective including the role of carers.
Current health, social & educational policy relevant to the delivery of physiotherapy services, for example, NSF’s, evidence based practice, clinical governance, guidelines, protocols, inclusion, reducing inequalities.
- Health inequalities.
- Person centred / patient centred / patient focused care
- Teamwork – interdisciplinary, unidisciplinary, skills of team working.
- Ethical practice.
Foundations in Physiotherapy Management (10 Credits)
This unit will cover biomechanics, histology and tissue repair and physiology. The specific systems for consideration will be the cardio-vascular and respiratory systems, the musculoskeletal system and the neuromuscular system.
The students will explore the structure and function of major systems of the body and relate their structure and function to human movement, including structure and function, development, the effects of ageing, and response to exercise.
Physiology of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and neurological systems in terms of human movement will be the main focus of this unit and the required learning outcomes.
The purpose of this unit is to enable the student to utilise and undertake sound and clinically relevant research. It is designed to give students an enhanced knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research processes including statistical data analysis and will cover:
- Ethical doctrines and ethical issues related to research
- Critical appraisal of quantitative and qualitative research and systematic reviews
- Quantitative and qualitative research designs and methodologies
- Selection of measurement tools with reference to reliability, validity, sensitivity, specificity and utility
- Data entry
- Descriptive analysis
- Parametric and non–parametric analysis
- Content analysis and thematic analysis
- How to write a research proposal
Patient Management 1: Musculoskeletal (20 credits)
This unit enables students to learn and apply the anatomical and physiological knowledge of the musculoskeletal system and the upper and lower quadrants. Students will practise and critically analyse safe and effective physiotherapy assessment and management techniques for selected conditions of the upper and lower quadrant.
The main principles in this unit are the integration, systematic understanding and application of anatomical and physiological knowledge to a range of pathologies of the upper and lower quadrants. This will enable the students to clinically reason, justify and evaluate their clinical decisions.
You will cover functional anatomy and physiology, surface marking, assessment, differential diagnosis and treatment of pathologies in the following regions: lumbar spine, pelvis, hip, knee, foot and ankle, cervicothoracic spine, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand.
Students will learn and critically evaluate physiotherapeutic techniques to treat a range of musculoskeletal conditions in the upper and lower quadrants. This includes manual therapy, massage therapy (including frictional massage), exercise therapy, electrotherapy and physiotherapy advice (including posture, ergonomics and pacing).
Patient Management 2: Cardiorespiratory (20 credits)
The unit considers the structure and function of the cardiorespiratory system and the pathophysiological changes that occur as a result of disease. Students will explore a range of pathologies including surgical, medical and vascular conditions. They will be able to select and deliver effective management, including palpation and therapeutic handling that can be modified according to disease severity and transferred to other clinical contexts. Students will justify their choice of valid and reliable outcomes measures to evaluate the effectiveness of their interventions. Students will consider psychosocioeconomic factors involved in the care of patients with cardiorespiratory disease and consider the roles of other members of the multi-disciplinary team, in facilitating patient self-management. Students will use high-quality contemporary literature to support their clinical decision making.
Patient Management 3: Neurology (20 credits)
This unit covers essential patient assessment and management of selected, conditions of the nervous system and will consider:
- The structure and function of the nervous system
- Application of safe, accurate and effective palpation and therapeutic handling;
- Cognitive and psychomotor skills of the student in the assessment and treatment of selected neurological conditions in primary and secondary healthcare settings;
- Neurophysiology, functional and applied anatomy and principles of treatment of selected neurological conditions
- Physiotherapy assessment and management of selected conditions to enable students to clinically reason, justify and evaluate their clinical decisions
- Neurological impairment in different age groups and consideration of the role of the physiotherapist in restorative, supportive and palliative care. Critical evaluation of relevant literature utilised in the management of neurological conditions.
Dissertation (60 credits)
Students will apply and integrate relevant aspects of knowledge, understanding, skills and experiences developed in previous units of the programme to produce a scholarly piece of work.
This unit will enable the students to apply their skills in appraising, integrating and synthesising evidence to support clinical decision-making and the prescription of appropriate, evidence based interventions. Projects will be based on topics which have clinical and professional relevance. The unit culminates in the submission of either a critical review of literature or a scientific paper and viva, which will be developed with the benefit of supervision from a member of the programme team.
Evidence Based Practice (10 units)
You will be expected to undertake an Advanced Physiotherapy review of current literature. You will receive the option of one study topic from a choice of three. The topics available will be influenced by National guidelines and policies related by health care provision, but by way of example areas may include neurodynamics, management of the acutely/ critically ill patient, management of soft tissue injuries.
Practice Placement 5 (10 practice credits)
This placement offers the opportunity for students to work in a setting and/or country of their choice and at a level of independent and autonomous practice appropriate to their imminent registration status. This placement is organised by the student and may take place in the primary, secondary or tertiary state healthcare; in a Social Care setting; in education; in the voluntary/independent/private sector or in charitable organisations.
This unit does not attract any academic credit. However, the unit is graded pass/fail and evidence of successful completion must be submitted before the student is eligible to graduate from the programme.
Practice Placement 5 is intended to enable students to develop their skills in managing a mixed caseload, which may include patients with complex problems and conditions that do not necessarily respond in a predictable way. Learning opportunities should be provided to enable the student to work in challenging environments where they may have to modify their practice in response to clinical, organisational and resource factors.
Students will relate theory to practice and should demonstrate an understanding of a complex body of knowledge and be able to apply problem solving skills to more complex situations and unpredictable circumstances. They should be able to evaluate evidence, arguments and assumptions to reach sound decisions and do this with the expectation of greater levels of autonomy than have been expected during previous units. They will also be expected to contribute effectively to work undertaken as part of a team and acknowledge cross professional boundaries