Physiotherapy PGDip

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  • Enw: Physiotherapy
  • Cymhwyster: PGDip
  • Hyd: 2 years full-time

The main aim of this programme is to produce graduates who are fit for practice and eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and membership with the professional, educational and trade union body, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

The programme offers a challenging and rewarding educational experience that enables the student to develop as a competent physiotherapy practitioner, who places the patient at the heart of care, and who is capable of making a valuable contribution to the workplace. The programme will develop students’ understanding of physiotherapy theory and hands-on practice, and will be rooted within the School of Health Sciences with its track record of excellence in research. This will ensure that the student develops an appreciation of evidence-based and innovative practice across a range of physiotherapy roles including in rural healthcare. Students having successfully completed the Post Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy will be able to develop their knowledge and skills through the successful completion of the dissertation which is the final stage of the Master’s degree and will provide the student with the opportunity to demonstrate the skills and knowledge to organise and conduct a research project or systematic review.

The innovative educational approach to the programme will develop creative, skilled physiotherapists who will be able to pursue a career across a range of health and care settings.

Philosophy

According to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists, Physiotherapy is a science-based profession which takes a ‘whole person’ approach to health and wellbeing, which includes the patient’s general lifestyle. At the core is the patient’s involvement in their own care, through education, awareness, empowerment and participation in their treatment.

The accelerated pathway at Bangor aims to develop Physiotherapists who are patient centred, open to change and prepared to take the role of physiotherapist into the future. The pathway is designed to open student’s minds to different ways of working in a range of areas but in particular within rural Wales. Students will be encouraged to reflect on the developing role of the Physiotherapist while considering new and innovative ways to deliver services.

Throughout the programme, students will be encouraged to consider the patient as an individual and understand the importance and consequence of person centred decision making. Students will be encouraged to reflect and consider their engagement with patients and how values which demonstrate respect can empower the individual to work with the Physiotherapist to improve lives.

Promotion of health and wellbeing will be a key area for consideration within the programme, Physiotherapists need to become flexible in their approach so they are able to transform with the changing needs of the population, in line with the current public health strategy for England and Wales.

Aim

To develop autonomous postgraduate physiotherapists with the appropriate professional knowledge and skills, who will have a vital role in the NHS and other organizations, locally and within the UK.

Programme objectives

  • To prepare students’ to become to meet all the standards of proficiency required by a physiotherapist to apply for registration with the HCPC.
  • To ensure students understand the importance of being able to practice safely and effectively within the scope of practice of a physiotherapist.
  • To prepare students to practice in a non-discriminatory manner.

The learning outcomes for the programme foster the development of students into competent, reflective Physiotherapists who are able to:

  • View the delivery of Physiotherapy in a holistic manner, working in partnership with service users.
  • Adopt a problem solving approach to service user’s needs.
  • Use theoretical frameworks of Physiotherapy to guide and inform practice.
  • Understand and use the principles of evaluation and research to ensure best practice.
  • Adapt and respond to current and future patterns of service delivery.
  • Continue self-development throughout their professional life.
  • Work as autonomous professionals within an inter-disciplinary context.
  • Contribute to the development, improvement and promotion of the profession.

Intended programme outcomes

The programme draws upon relevant contemporary policy and academic research, applied to the UK and internationally. The programme outcomes are a statement of what graduates should know and be able to do on completion of the programme.

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a student is reasonably expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities provided.

The Programme provides opportunities for students to develop:

  • theoretical knowledge and understanding;
  • cognitive skills and the following key transferable skills:
  • communication
  • study
  • interpersonal
  • professional skills
  • information technology
  • problem solving skills

Overall, the intended outcomes are summatively assessed through assignments, in the form of essays, examinations, reports, research proposal, and individual and group presentations. The individual modules have varying degrees of formative assessment.

The choice of teaching methods used on the course has been influenced by the basic principle of adult learning, which is most effective if it is linked with the students’ existing experiences and demands their participation in the learning process.

The life experiences which students bring provide a valued and valuable resource for learning; methods used will seek to capitalise on this rich resource and encourage learner participation. The programme has been designed using a spiral curriculum which is an iterative model of education increasing the student’s depth of learning as they travel through the curriculum. Students will be expected to play an active and participatory role in their own learning, with lecturer facilitation seen as extremely key to its success.

Course Specific Costs

All applicants are required to obtain and meet the costs of obtaining a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Certificate as part of the application process.

Course specific equipment

Students will be required to buy their own stethoscope (approximately £45) to take out on clinical placement.

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Cynnwys y Cwrs

Year 1

NHS-4447 Physiotherapy Practice (20 credits)

The purpose of this module is to enable students to understand the theory and research that underpins the profession of Physiotherapist through an in depth understanding of the theoretical and statutory components that are fundamental to the development of their professional journey. Statutory components such as: Standards of Performance, Conduct and Ethics (HCPC, 2016); Standards of Proficiency, Physiotherapy (HCPC, 2017) and Code of Professional Values and Behaviour (CSP, 2013) will be included as well as pertinent health and social care policy.

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 have the key purpose of preparing 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.
Mandatory training in moving and handling (All Wales Passport), basic life support, infection control, de-escalation/breakaway and safeguarding children is provided in the School of Health Sciences prior to your first placement.

NHS-4448 Functional Anatomy (20 credits)

The module will develop student’s knowledge of anatomy and physiology which will include the structure and function of the human body across the life-span. Functional anatomy and biomechanics has its own language and terminology; this module will allow the student to enhance and develop knowledge in key areas which are important to physiotherapy practice across a range of injuries and conditions. Teaching within the module will encourage students to develop a deeper understanding of the complex nature of the human body and how it relates to clinical practice. Students will be expected to engage in online resources/activities including group discussion boards and a variety of multi media and digital resources.

The module aims to assist the students, from a variety of backgrounds to hone and advance their knowledge of functional anatomy in future modules and clinical placement.
Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the common pathologies associated with the three core areas of physiotherapy and critically analyse current evidence applicable to a range of varied presentations and evaluate holistic assessments in relation to individualised healthcare needs.

NHS-4449 Principles of Physiotherapy Practice (20 credits)

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: our Plan for Health and Social Care (Welsh Government, 2018) and the AHP UK Public Health Strategic Frameworks (Public Health England, 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 services user at the centre of goal setting and treatment planning. Students will be able demonstrate a critical understanding of a wide range of diagnostic measures and their application in practice together with an understanding of the various treatment modalities used in the context of physiotherapy practice.

NHS-4450 Chronic Long Term Conditions (20 credits)

This module introduces students to the management of chronic and long-term conditions; which includes attention to health issues specific to rural communities. For example; the term ‘health inequities’ relates to perceived unfair differences in health outcomes between groups that are potentially avoidable. Students will be expected to synthesise and build on their current knowledge in relation to chronic disease and its impact on the individual. Wales has a large rural environment with around one in three people currently living in an area defined as ‘rural’. Students will be expected to critically evaluate how services will be delivered in rural communities and consider the key determinants which impact on the individual’s health, particularly for those living in remote communities, as highlighted in the recent AHP UK Public Health Strategic Framework (Public Health England, 2019-2024).

Students will be able to critically evaluate the various stages of the life span and how they are associated with common conditions and demonstrate an ability to effectively consult with professional staff in the assessment, intervention and evaluation of a range of patients.

Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the importance of a patient or client-centred approach to specific groups and critically evaluate health beliefs and its impact on managing chronic and longer-term conditions.

NHS-4455 Practice Placement 1 (10 credits)

In the first year of this programme students will complete approximately 560 hours of clinical placement as directed by the Health and Care Professions Council who state that in order to graduate as a Chartered Physiotherapist students must have successfully completed a minimum of 1000 clinical hours during the programme.

The purpose of this module is to introduce the student to the practical aspects of physiotherapy education and the module will be delivered in a clinical setting. All placements will be commensurate with pre-registration clinical learning and will allow the student physiotherapist to make the link between theory and practice. Students' academic knowledge will be combined with practical experience developed in the placement area to begin the process of preparing them to transition towards working as a physiotherapist in the future; this is seen as part of a collaborative process between stakeholders, service providers and the School of Health Sciences.

The aim of the two practice placements during Practice Placement 1 is to provide learning opportunities that will enable learners to apply their knowledge from initial university based modules in year 1 in the clinical environment. Placements offer students the chance to integrate theoretical knowledge and skills from year one of the programme with practical experiences of engaging with service users and carers. Students work as part of an multi-disciplinary team and have the opportunity to learn new skills and develop knowledge in a clinical setting to develop the professional attitudes and values necessary to be eligible to become a Chartered Physiotherapist.

Students will develop the knowledge and understanding required to engage with service users from referral through to discharge with decreasing help from the practice educator. Students will integrate knowledge and implementation of health and safety, legal, policy and ethical issues related to service delivery in specific clinical areas.

Students will demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the complex integration of knowledge, personal skills and values necessary for effective and efficient team-working in practice. They will have the opportunity to investigate in depth the effectiveness of the unique roles adopted within a team in the practice setting and to critically reflect on the elements required to ensure good practice in inter-professional team working for the benefit of service users and carers.

Practice placements in the first year must be focussed on either the musculoskeletal, neurology or cardiorespiratory areas of physiotherapy practice.

Year 2

NHS-4451 Principles and Practice of Rehabilitation (20 credits)

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.

Students will be able to apply a critical understanding of rehabilitation techniques appropriate to patients with a variety of injuries and conditions and demonstrate a sound understanding of how rehabilitation techniques vary when applied to different populations in society. Students will be able to demonstrate safe and effective rehabilitation practice when dealing with patients in both individual and group settings and critically evaluate the efficacy of appropriate exercise techniques, progressions and discharge procedures.

Mandatory training and relevant updates in moving and handling (All Wales Passport), basic life support, infection control, de-escalation/breakaway and safeguarding children is provided in the School of Health Sciences prior to your first placement in Year 2.

NHS-4380 Leadership in context (20 credits)

Effective leadership is essential in health and social care to optimise organisational performance and quality of patient care.

This module explores the processes involved in leading and facilitating the implementation of change in health and social care. Drawing on a range of theory and evidence, the module also examines the role of the organisation and wider context in shaping how improvement and innovation is, or can be facilitated.

Overall this module provides students with the opportunity to identify, apply and critically evaluate strategies and interventions to support improvements in the quality of health and social care.

NHS-4250 Research Methods (20 credits)

In this module, students will develop their knowledge and understanding of research in a dynamic and stimulating research environment which builds on the colleges health research success, which is committed to sustaining and growing excellence in health and medical research.

The detailed module aims are to:

  • Provide students with an understanding of both quantitative and qualitative research, their approaches to scientific inquiry, their methodologies and related methods.
  • Focus on the application of quantitative and qualitative research methods within the health and social care setting, including data collection and analysis approaches/techniques.
  • Enable students to be ‘critical consumers’ of research, to have sufficient knowledge to contribute in a knowledgeable way to ongoing quantitative or qualitative research and to develop research questions and projects.

NHS-4452 Challenges in Physiotherapy Practice (20 credits)

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 across a range of settings and in differing healthcare environments.

Students will build upon previous knowledge and consider the role of the physiotherapist and their impact on care within the multi-disciplinary team. Students will be expected 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 practice areas.

NHS-4456 Practice Placement 2 (10 credits)

In the second year of this programme students will complete approximately 560 hours of clinical placement as directed by the Health and Care Professions Council who state that in order to graduate as a Chartered Physiotherapist students must have successfully completed a minimum of 1000 clinical hours during the programme.

The purpose of this module is to further develop the practical aspects of physiotherapy education that were developed in year one and year two modules. The module will be delivered in two clinical settings, one of which will be driven by emerging clinical interests. All placements will be commensurate with pre-registration clinical learning but Practice Placement 2 will facilitate students to further develop the links between theory and practice through reflection with university tutors in the University Professional Development Review tutorials as well as placement learning contracts which are developed collaboratively with practice educators. Students' academic knowledge will be combined with practical experience developed in the placement area to further develop the process of preparing them to transition towards working as a physiotherapist in the near future; this is seen as part of a collaborative process between stakeholders, service providers and the School of Health Sciences.

The aim of the two practice placements during Practice Placement 2 is to provide learning opportunities that will enable learners to deepen their knowledge from university based modules and practice placements in year 1 in different clinical environments. These two further placements offer students the chance to deepen theoretical knowledge and skills from year one of the programme with a wider range of practical experience of engaging with service users and carers. Students work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and have the opportunity to further their skills and knowledge in clinical settings to further develop the professional attitudes and values necessary to be eligible to become Chartered Physiotherapists.

Students will develop the knowledge and understanding required to engage with service users from referral through to discharge with decreasing help from the practice educator. Students will integrate knowledge and implementation of health and safety, legal, policy and ethical issues related to service delivery in specific clinical areas.

Students will demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the complex integration of knowledge, personal skills and values necessary for effective and efficient team-working in practice. They will have the opportunity to investigate in depth the effectiveness of the unique roles adopted within a team in the practice setting and to critically reflect on the elements required to ensure good practice in inter-professional team working for the benefit of service users and carers.

One of the practice placements in Practice Placement 2 must be focussed on either the musculoskeletal, neurology or cardiorespiratory areas of physiotherapy practice (dependant on which areas have already been completed in year one placements). One further clinical area is normally allocated dependent on the student’s developing interest in a particular area of practice.

Gofynion Mynediad

To apply for the Post Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy an applicant would normally have achieved a relevant undergraduate degree (2:2 or above) in a related field. All applications will be reviewed on an individual basis.

UK and EU applicants: 

Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) tuition fees are available for this programme.

Applicants from outside the EU:

An NHS placement is a required part of this course. The NHS only makes placements available to students who are eligible to pay UK/EU fees. Therefore, this course is not currently available for international students.

Selection processes: 

  1. Completion of application – direct application with personal statement and references.
  2. Short listing from personal statement and reference against agreed criteria.
  3. Character references taken and reviewed.
  4. Formal interview with interactive group work activities and essay writing.
  5. Enhanced DBS disclosure check.
  6. All students will be expected to complete an Occupational Health Questionnaire and attend occupational health appointments in order they receive all the necessary vaccinations to undertake clinical placements safely.

Selection events and processes will involve lecturers from the School of Health Sciences, Health Board clinical staff and, service user participants.

Elective participants in the selection processes undergo training and support in diversity and equality as part of their professional development.

Additional requirements:

A set number of places on the programme are funded by HEIW (criteria for the funding and information is available on the HEIW website.

For applicants interested in self-funded places, please contact Programme Lead, Jonathan Flynn (available from November 2019) or Mr G Dulchaointigh, Practice Liaison: g.dulchaointigh@bangor.ac.uk

Students who accept a funded place for the Post Graduate Diploma will be required to work within Wales for two years following graduation.

Students with disabilities, on application, are supported by the University’s Disabilities Services and the School’s Disabilities Tutor. Relevant risk assessments will be undertaken and adaptations applied where required.

Where there may be issues relating to Good Character, Good Health, or Disability that require further exploration or investigation, the School and the local Health Board’s Fitness for Practice Committee will be consulted.

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Early applications for admission to the programme are encouraged.  Applications should be made using Bangor University’s online application system but informal enquiries are welcome. 

Need help applying?

If you have any questions about entry requirements, how to apply or the course you are interested in please do not hesitate to contact Gerry Dulchaointigh. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Gyrfaeoedd a Chyflogadwyedd

As a career, physiotherapy represents an attractive profession which offers a wide range of flexible employment opportunities upon graduation.  

Physiotherapists work in a variety of specialisms across the profession; ranging from delivering treatment as an active practitioner or being involved in education, research or management. Once registered with the HCPC, physiotherapists have the option of working within the UK National Health Service (NHS), or of pursuing a career within alternative healthcare environments such as in private practice, sport or the military for example.

Ymchwil / Dolenni Diwydiannol

Bangor University has strong links to the local healthcare authorities in North Wales and these will increase with the development of this programme.  Opportunities exist, therefore, for graduating students to benefit from this; in addition to the many other fields where physiotherapists are in demand such as in private practice, sporting and military settings.

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A set number of places on the programme are funded by HEIW (criteria for the funding and information is available on the HEIW website.

For applicants interested in self-funded places, please contact Programme Lead, Jonathan Flynn (available from November 2019) or Mr G Dulchaointigh, Practice Liaison: g.dulchaointigh@bangor.ac.uk

Applicants from outside the EU:

An NHS placement is a required part of this course. The NHS only makes placements available to students who are eligible to pay UK/EU fees. Therefore, this course is not currently available for international students.

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If you have additional questions about academic aspects of the course, please e-mail: Gerry Dulchaointigh

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