Challenges in Contemporary Physiotherapy Practice
Run by School of Health Sciences
20.000 Credits or 10.000 ECTS Credits
Semester 1 & 2
Organiser: Mr Jonathan Flynn
Overall aims and purpose
This module examines the challenges faced by physiotherapists in contemporary practice and addresses working in essential areas of physiotherapy such as in learning difficulties, elderly care, paediatrics, rural and community physiotherapy. The module will focus on the complexity of skills and knowledge used by the physiotherapist when evaluating and planning physiotherapy interventions. The student will build upon previous knowledge and consider the role of the physiotherapist ad their impact on care within the multi disciplinary team. Students will also be expect to critically evaluate how autonomy may have an impact on professional accountability in practise and what strategies may be applied to ensure on going safe practice as careers develop across a range of practise areas. The module will also build on the 'make every contact count' initiative which encourages health professionals to consider health promotion as part of everyday practice.
The module may include: • Accountability, responsibility and autonomy • Legal and ethical considerations in professional practice. • Working within professional boundaries • Delegation and professional liability • Preventive and intervention measures • Conditions in physiotherapy • Physiotherapy in secondary care • Contemporary physiotherapy practice • Working with athletes • An overview of working in areas outwith the NHS: e.g. sport, military, private practice • Entrepreneurship and marketing • The role of the clinical educator • Preparation for practice • Working within professional boundaries • Continuous Professional Development (CPD).
70%> Excellent understanding of the challenges in contemporary physiotherapy practice. 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
C- to C+
50% Basic understanding of the facts and principles specific to the topics covered in this module. Basic understanding of the challenges in contemporary 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. Very good understanding of the challenges in contemporary physiotherapy practice. This equates to a minimum mark of Grade B- in the Grading Criteria.
Critically reflect on the role of a physiotherapist as an autonomous practitioner
Demonstrate a critical understanding of accountability and professional liability.
Critically evaluate the legal responsibilities and ethical considerations of professional physiotherapy practice and self regulation.
Apply enhanced skills in the application of research by synthesising and evaluating the contemporary literature in this field
|GROUP PRESENTATION||30 Minute group presentation||30.00|
|ESSAY||3000 word written assignment||70.00|
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Enquiry based learning group work and student presentations.
E learning, Blackboard and private study.
Tutorial with tutors
Key note lectures and workshops 9.x 7 (9 days)
|Practical classes and workshops||
Advanced Practice workshops setting up business workshops and tutorials
- 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 be able to critically evaluate the role of the physiotherapist in practice and apply professional skills in the prevention, treatment, management and handling of a range of patients in a variety of settings. Students will be able to critically reflect on the role of a physiotherapist as an autonomous practitioner and apply enhanced skills in the application of research / evidence into clinical practice and continuous professional development. Students will be able to demonstrate an enhanced understanding of the different specialisations required of a physiotherapist applicable to a variety of areas within the profession. Students will understand the need to work within their own professional boundaries while working as an autonomous practitioner in a variety of settings across the profession.
Resource implications for students
Some texts are available in the library, however some more subject specific texts may have to be purchased for this module.
Chapman, S., Robinson, G., Stradling, J., West, S., Wrightson, J. (2015) Oxford handbook of respiratory medicine. Oxford Day, J. (2013). Inter-professional Working: An Essential Guide for Health and Social Care Professionals (Nursing and Health Care Practice). Hampshire: Cengage Learning. Edwards, E. (2001) Neurological Physiotherapy: A Problem-Solving Approach, 2nd Edition. Churchill, Livingston. Kalfoss, M. (2016). Use of instruments to measure quality of life among healthy and ill adults in community settings. British Journal of Community Nursing, 2016, Vol.21 (5), p.232-240 Wojciechowski M (2007) Working with kids: physical therapy and the paediatric athlete. Magazine of Physical Therapy 15(3): 52-58 Welsh Government. (2014). Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014. Cardiff: Welsh Government. Silverman, J. Kurtz. (2013) Skills for Communicating with Patients, 3rd Edition Maitlin, I (2015) Current Diagnosis & Treatment. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Current Diagnosis & Treatment). McGraw Hill Education. Joyce, D.(2016) Sports Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation. Routledge Press.