Foundations of Physiotherapy Practice
Run by School of Health Sciences
20.000 Credits or 10.000 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Mr Jonathan Flynn
Overall aims and purpose
This module will introduce students to the diverse nature of physiotherapy practice and the learning style of the curriculum. The accelerated curriculum will expect a range of values and expectations from both staff and students which will be clarified for the students within this module. Students will be encouraged to integrate their learning with the core studies relating to the professional standards, competencies and expectations of a physiotherapist in contemporary practice. The module will be key in introducing the students to evidence based learning and seeks to promote autonomy, responsibility and independence all of which are key in ongoing professional development. This module will provide a sound underpinning knowledge relating to professional behaviours including the boundaries of accountability, autonomy and responsibility and will also encourage the student to start to consider and develop a professional identity. Issues such as service user / carer involvement will be built upon within the module and developed within the programme. This module will also have a key purpose of preparing the students for practice placements and will expect the student to explore the role of student physiotherapist while also providing the necessary mandatory training for clinical practice.
The module may include: Learning styles and evidence based learning, Reflective practice and professional thinking. Introduction to the profession and standards, competencies and expectations Introduction to Health and Social Care Policy. • Health & Safety, Basic Life Support, infection control (mandatory training) • Scope of practice • Professional conduct and standards • Introduction to vulnerability and safeguarding • Maintaining the profession’s reputation and standing • Legal and ethical aspects of physiotherapy Patient safety and candour. • Record-keeping and clinical notes • Accountability, autonomy and responsibility • The importance of inter-professional working (MDT) Service user involvement in health care and well being. • Communication and clinical effectiveness • Clinical reasoning • Problem-solving approach to patient management • Fitness to Practice • Introduction to keeping a portfolio workbook
C- to C+
50% Basic understanding of the facts and principles specific to the topics covered in this module. Basic understanding of professional standards, competencies and expectations. Students will be required to achieve a minimum of C- grade in the assignment to in order to pass the theory component of the module.
60% Very good understanding of the facts and principles specific to the topics covered in this module. Good understanding of professional standards, competencies and expectations. This equates to a minimum mark of Grade B- in the Grading Criteria.
70%> Excellent understanding of the facts and principles specific to the topics covered in this module and evidence of additional evidence gained by the student. Very good understanding of professional standards, competencies and expectations. This equates to a minimum mark of Grade A- in the Grading Criteria
Adopt a critical approach to physiotherapy practice and patient management
Demonstrate a critical understanding of professional conduct and standards
Synthesise and evaluate inter-professional and service user working
Critically apply and consider legal and ethical issues relating to physiotherapy.
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The students using enquiry based learning skills will co-produce a 20 minute presentation on 'Professionalism' including a critical discussion on the qualities, skills, competence and behaviours expected from a physiotherapist.
The assignment expects the student to consider the role of the physiotherapist within the multi professional team and the impact MDTs have on ongoing patient care in a variety of patient setting, i.e stroke care, palliative care etc
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Keynote lectures including introduction of key resources Ground rules for EBL/ Learning as a group This will include practical sessions for mandatory training, BLS, Infection Control etc Preparation for placements etc 15 days
Enquiry based learning groups and group discussion boards including facilitating tutor 9 x 7 hour days
Multi media and e learning opportunities
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
- Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
- Caring - Showing concern for others; caring for children, people with disabilities and/or the elderly
- Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
- Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in
Subject specific skills
Students will understand the legal and ethical responsibilities of professional practice and be able to maintain the principles and practice of client confidentiality while exercising a professional duty of care. Students will be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of the professional standards, competencies and expectations of a physiotherapist and adopt a problem-solving approach to patient management. Students will understand the concept of fitness to practice allied to accountability, autonomy and responsibility including accurate record-keeping and associated documentation.
Resource implications for students
Students will be expected to have access to IT, Library Services and Word in order to work within each of the modules.
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Avery, G. (2017). Law and Ethics in Nursing and Healthcare 2nd Ed. London: Sage.
Aveyard, H. Sharp, P. (2017) A Beginner’s Guide to Evidence Based Practice in Health and Social Care, 3rd Edition. Open University Press.
Carr, C. (2012). Unlocking Medical Law. Oxford: Routledge. Edwards, S. D., (2009).
Dimond CB (2009). Legal Aspects of Physiotherapy. Blackwell Science (UK).
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Hawley, G. (2007). Ethics in Clinical Practice: An Interprofessional Approach. London: Pearson Education.
Jackson, E. (2016) Medical Law Text, Cases and Materials 4th Ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Kennedy I, Gubb A (2010) Medical Law Text & Material 3rd ed. London: Butterworth. Kenyon K, Kenyon J (2018).
The Physiotherapist's Pocketbook, 3rd Edition. Essential Facts at Your Fingertips. Amazon / Elsevier.
Mason, J.K. McCall Smith, R.A., Laurie, G. T. (2016). Law and Medical Ethics 7th Ed. London: Butterworths.
McCorry, L. Mason, J. (2019) Communication Skills for the Healthcare. Wolters Kluwer
Health professions Council (2010) Guidance on conduct and ethics for students. Health Professions Council (2008) Standards of Performance, Conduct and Ethics https://www.csp.org.uk/publications/code-members-professional-values-and-behaviour https://www.csp.org.uk/frontline/article/setting-standard-hcpc-standards-conduct-performance-and-ethics Resuscitation Council (2015) Resuscitation Guidelines. https://www.resus.org.uk/resuscitation-guidelines/ Other reading material such as articles, case summaries and judgements will be provided via links on Blackboard.https://www.makingeverycontactcount.co.uk/ Supporting integration through new roles and working across boundaries, Kings fund (2016)