Continuing Professional Development and Mentored Practice

Module Overview

Through a Continuing Professional Development framework, this module facilitates the synthesis of the theoretical and practical aspects of a student's development through a period of mentorship within the work based/practice environment and documented with a professional portfolio. Students will have the opportunity to work in a variety of settings to enable development of existing knowledge and skills and advancement of practice. The practice mentor will enable a student's development through a partnership of teaching; researching; managing; observing and discussing with innovation being encouraged within the framework of safe, legal, and ethical practice as detailed in any applicable published standards (e.g. professional registration body, specialist competencies etc).

The student will attend a study half-day and complete on-line preparatory study to prepare for mentorship. Students will undertake a minimum of 100 hours of experience in a work based/practice environment (150 hours for MSc/ PGDip Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy). Learning needs may necessitate a range of environments as part of the mentored experience to ensure that all outcomes are achieved e.g. working with different teams, age ranges, gaining experience of musculoskeletal imaging, etc. The selection of the work-based environment is negotiated by the student, dependent upon their individual learning needs, their programme of registration and any specialist requirements. A range of patterns of delivery of the mentored practice experience are possible, encompassing part time and full time modes as well as a variety of models of experience.


Study half-day (3 hours) at the commencement of the module. 10 hours allocated to online delivery of theoretical components to inform development of learning contract. A minimum of 100 hours of negotiated specialist mentorship within a work based practice setting. The nature of the mentorship will be specific to the student's individual programme.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Identify personal and professional development needs and formalise these through a learning contract 
  • Integrate theory, practice and research in the work-based context, demonstrating appropriate application of theory in novel contexts and theorising from practical experience
  • Justify decisions regarding practice at an advanced level through reference to and critical evaluation of published evidence as well as personal experience
  • Demonstrate advanced practice through documentary evidence of development during the mentored practice
  • Demonstrate advancement of practice within a relevant professional, legal, and ethical framework


20 credits

Module Attendance Required

3 hours study half-day

Module Dates 

Module launch: 29 September 2016
Workshop: 17 November 2016


Summative assessment: A viva will be conducted by the module leader or equivalent university tutor in collaboration with external bodies as appropriate to programmes e.g. joint assessment by university staff and Football Association experts for the MSc / PGDip Exercise and Sports Medicine (Football) programme and members of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists for the MSc/ PGDip Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy programme. This will be supported by a learning contract and professional portfolio, documenting evidence of the student's development and achievements against learning outcomes and, where required, corroboration in the form of a report from the Practice Mentor. (100% of module mark). Feedback to the student will include analysis and written comments from the tutors.

Formative assessment: This will be done by the mentor to aid progress during the mentored practice at a time negotiated by the student.

Reassessment: Repeat viva (following additional negotiated hours of mentored practice if required). 

Academics involved in the delivery of this module

Dr Nicola Heneghan

Marianne Hensman

Dr François-Xavier Li

Dr Alison Rushton

Stand Alone Course

This module is not available as a stand alone module.