Contexts of Physiotherapy Practice

Module Overview

The module will introduce you to a range of settings delivering client services in the community. The incorporation of service learning in these settings is an innovative approach that will be used to promote greater awareness of service users, their relatives, carers and communities. From this service-learning experience, learners will develop an understanding of practice within current health and social care context, emphasising issues such as communication and working with others and exploring the legal and ethical issues of professional development. Due attention will be given to development of skills necessary for effective negotiation of learning, reflection on learning and subsequent reporting. The main focus of this module is to emphasise the importance of awareness of the service user’s voice in the development of the healthcare professional.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical self-appraisal, including the ability to audit, reflect on and review practice, through provision of documentary evidence regarding personal and inter-professional learning
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the role interpersonal communication skills play as part of professional competence when working with colleagues, service users, their relatives and carers
  • Present evidence of an ability to practice in a non-discriminatory and culturally sensitive manner, acknowledging diversity amongst service users, their relatives and carers
  • Critically analyse psycho-social factors impacting on service users, their relatives and carers in a range of settings
  • Evaluate multi-agency care provision in supporting service users, their relatives and carers across a range of settings
  • Present evidence of ability to deliver a supportable, analytical and ethical service user-centred model of practice within a multi-agency team
  • Critically analyse the requirements to practice, including professional legal and ethical boundaries, demonstrating knowledge of current UK legislation


20 credits

Module Attendance Required

35 hours campus based; 15 hours service learning

Module Dates

Year 1 January – March; May

Academics involved in the delivery of this module

Mrs Jacky Conduit