Principles of Rehabilitation
Run by School of Health Sciences
20.000 Credits or 10.000 ECTS Credits
Semester 1 & 2
Organiser: Mr Gearoid Dulchaointigh
Overall aims and purpose
Rehabilitation is about enabling and supporting individuals to recover or adjust, to achieve their full potential and to live as full and active lives as possible. Students will be expected to examine, evaluate and reflect upon the role of the physiotherapist in the optimisation of patient function and well-being and how they might support the integration of the patient/client back into their home, work or leisure and promote wellbeing and quality of life.. Students will be given the opportunity to consider rehabilitation as a concept for care and how this may be applied when working with people with a range of injuries, diseases and long-term conditions. Students will also be expected to critically evaluate the medium of co-production and therapeutic relationships in relation to planning successful physiotherapy interventions.
The module may include: • Principles and practice of rehabilitation • Working with special / rural populations • Biomechanics and ergonomics • Practical gym work • Rehabilitation techniques • Group and individual rehabilitation sessions • Practical exercise testing • Pre-discharge fitness assessments • Psychology of illness and injury • Therapeutic relationships • Shared decision working • Patient centered care • Multi disciplinary team working • Intergrated health and social care. • Working across care boundaries • Third sector and voluntary services • Innovative practices
C- to C+
50% Basic understanding of the facts and principles specific to the topics covered in this module. Basic understanding of the principles of rehabilitation. Students will be required to have a safe understanding of the principles of rehabilitation and Physiotherapy Practice.This equates to a minimum of C- grade 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 the principles of rehabilitation and Physiotherapy Practice. This equates to a minimum mark of Grade B- in the Grading Criteria.
70%> Excellent understanding of the principles of rehabilitation. 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 the principles of rehabilitation and Physiotherapy practice. This equates to a minimum mark of Grade A- in the Grading Criteria
Critically evaluate the evidence that relates to cross boundary working and how working across networks can impact patient care.
Critically analyse the effectiveness of physiotherapy rehabilitation interventions and its impact on the patient and the service.
Apply a critical understanding of rehabilitation techniques appropriate to people with a variety of injuries and conditions
Critically evaluate how rehabilitation techniques vary when applied to different populations in society
|ORAL||4000 word case study presentation||
According to the CSP, physiotherapy led rehabilitation is a clinically and cost effective intervention for those patients whose life has been adversely changed by injury, illness or disease.The student will provide a oral case study and present on a patient of choice which demonstrates a patient centred holistic approach to rehabilitation in practice. The student should also consider cross boundary working and its impact on the patient.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Key note lectures including introduction to key resources
Enquiry based learning group work with student presentations
Tutorials , workshops (practical sessions)
|Practical classes and workshops||
12 x 4hrs practical classes and workshops
- 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
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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