Foundations of Physiotherapy
This module offers students the opportunity to enhance prior knowledge and skills in order to build a foundation for physiotherapy practice with an
emphasis on a patient–centred approach. The module consists of understanding the different dimensions of being a healthcare professional. It will integrate the application of theoretical knowledge to the clinical setting by building on the basic clinical skills and problem-solving approaches required to be a safe and effective physiotherapist.
This module is designed to build on student’s musculoskeletal assessment and treatment / management skills and develop their reasoning and problem solving skills in relation to specific assessment findings. The module will prepare the student for the musculoskeletal component of placement and later clinical practice with emphasises on a self-directed learning approach for evidence informed practice. A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used including lectures, interactive practical sessions, tutorials, case-based learning scenarios and directed practical sessions.
This module aims to develop the knowledge and understanding of the underlying theoretical and practical principles of neurological physiotherapy practice in the management of neurological movement dysfunction, including the impact of living with long term conditions.
This module aims to further develop cardio-respiratory knowledge and skills obtained in other modules and enable students to extend their clinical reasoning and practical skills for the effective physiotherapy management of individual patients with variety of cardio-respiratory dysfunctions.
The module will facilitate the individualised assessment and management of these patients, which may arise across different care pathways and settings e.g. acute care, rehabilitation, long-term management and end-of-life care. This will prepare student for future work promoting health and collaborating with patients to facilitate self-management within the various specialisms of physiotherapy practice.
Human Behaviour and Rehabilitation
This module will explore concepts, theories and evidence that underpin current understandings of human behaviour and particularly in relation to health and wellbeing maintenance and rehabilitation. It will develop an in-depth understanding of psychological, anthropological and sociological influences on human behaviour and well-being. The module will also explore rehabilitation strategies and interventions to promote physical activity for individuals in a variety of contexts and settings in which physiotherapists work. The approach taken will be person-centred and will develop the students’ ability to understand the influence of the environment in which patients live, their social relationships and their culture. The critical nature of the module reflects its standard as a level 7 module.
Evaluation and Research
This module looks at a range of quantitative and qualitative research study designs and approaches and will investigate their advantages and disadvantages. The focus will be on good research practice and the methodologies and tools used by these. Appraisal and expository writing skills will be introduced while the research process will be situated within a framework of critical thinking and reflection. The evaluation of research will be addressed in the journal clubs which will require the student groups to reflect on why they have chosen a particular article and how this might influence their practice.
This module acknowledges the increasing complexity of health care across all disciplines. Long held certainties about causality in healthcare and wellbeing are being challenged by constantly changing insights into new areas of research as well as policy changes. An older population and a higher survival rate across the lifespan form the background to this module. Populations with substantial and ongoing health needs will be the focus of this module, for example end of life rehabilitation, pain management and self-management strategies. Instead of looking for linear solutions this module will look for interconnections. The ethical burden of working in contemporary health and social care will be discussed allowing students to enhance their employability once they enter the health sector after qualifying.
Reflective Practice–Practice Placements 1 & 2
This module introduces the integration of theory into physiotherapy practice via two 6-week practice placements. Students will apply key scientific and psychosocial principles to their practice and develop a reflective stance to reasoning in physiotherapy.
Critical Practice -Practice Placements 3, 4 and 5
This module continues the integration of theory into physiotherapy practice via three 6 week practice placements. Students develop their critical thinking and application of evidence based principles to their practice in preparation for working as a graduate physiotherapist.
Personalised Professional Development
The fundamental underpinning of this module is choice. It provides students with an opportunity to choose an area of professional practice that is of interest to them and to investigate it thoroughly, through engagement with professionals, patients and service users. The module will facilitate the students in investigating, reflecting upon and presenting their chosen topic. It is intended that this will optimise students’ confidence and employability in a wholly inclusive way
This is an inter-professional module in which physiotherapy and occupational therapy students are taught together in lectures, tutorials,
Workshops and simulation to meet the learning needs of each group of students. This module provides experience of justifying, designing and implementing a research project. Students will work through the research process including ethical considerations and writing in the style of an academic journal. The module provides an opportunity to analyse data, critique the findings and discuss how they may be applied to clinical practice.
Quality and Innovation in Health & Social Care
This module integrates interprofessional working and contemporary concepts of service improvement in practice. Students will examine how policy, research and opinion can support innovation and enhance the service users’ experience. Themes may include understanding of the current health and social care sector in the UK and beyond, regulatory and quality bodies in England, population change and the impact on AHP practice (e.g. practice guidelines). The module will foster engagement with the concepts of sustainable, transformative health and social care environments.