Principles 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
The aim of the module is to enable students to develop an in depth knowledge and critical understanding of key areas of physiotherapy practice. Students will be encouraged to develop a deeper understanding of the impact of illness, injury, disability and ageing on patients/clients in line with key policy such as A Healthier Wales; a plan for health and social care (WG 2018) and the AHP UK Public Health Strategic Framework (PHE 2019 - 2024). Key skills such as communication, assessment and treatment will be considered and applied to a range of patients / clients across the lifespan. Students will be able to develop their knowledge of shared decision-making and putting the service user at the centre of goal-setting and treatment planning. Students will be able to demonstrate a wide range of diagnostic measures and their application in practice together with an understanding of the various treatment modalities used the context of a physiotherapy practice.
The module may include:
• Clinical examination and assessment
• Communication skills
• Assessment, diagnosis and treatment
• History taking and consultation skills (SOAP)
Shared decision-making and goal-setting
• Physiology of tissue repair
• Advanced clinical reasoning
• Investigative measures including diagnostic ultrasound, radiology and MRI / CT scanning
• Principles of strapping and taping
• Introduction to massage and manual therapies - theory and practice
• Theory of electro-physical agents (electrotherapy) • Patient safety • Clinical risk management
• Risk management and communication / therapeutic
• Preparation for clinical placement
C- to C+
50% Basic understanding of the facts and principles specific to the topics covered in this module. Basic understanding of physiotherapy practice. 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 physiotherapy practice. 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 physiotherapy practice. This equates to a minimum mark of Grade A- in the Grading Criteria
Demonstrate an understanding of the various modalities used in the treatment and management of injuries and conditions
Demonstrate a critical understanding of diagnostic measures and their application in practice
Critically appraise communication skills within the context of the consultation in the practice setting.
|CLINICAL PRACTICAL ASSESSMENT||Clinical Practical Assessment||
Students will be required to demonstrate the ability to select an appropriate treatment modality for a given injury or condition and deliver the intervention in a safe and efficient manner. Students will be required to justify their choice of modality and to explain to the examiner why their chosen intervention will physiologically benefit the presenting injury or condition.
Students will be required to submit a 3000 word assignment critically appraising contemporary evidence in relation to communication skills and the importance of shared decision making, including the service user’s perspective.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
e learning, blackboard & tutorials
Key note lectures including an introduction to key resources 9 x 7 hour (9 days)
Enquiry based learning group work including supervised group work
|Practical classes and workshops||
Workshops on development of treatment plans & preparation for assessment etc
- 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
Demonstrate an understanding of the physiology of tissue repair Critically appraise communication skills within the context of consultation in the practice setting Demonstrate a critical understanding of diagnostic measures and their application in practice Demonstrate an ability to formulate an appropriate treatment plan based on accurate clinical examination and assessment Demonstrate an understanding of the various modalities used in the treatment and management of injuries and conditions
Resource implications for students
Students will be expected to have access to IT, Library and Word in order to function within the modules and complete the programme
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