Physiotherapy Programme Overview

This section aims to give you an insight into the Physiotherapy course structure and to provide information regarding the relationship between the theory modules delivered within the University and tuition delivered out in clinical practice.

BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy ...

See below for a brief summary of the theory and practical skills that the students will have covered at different stages prior to the various placements. For a more detailed view of a particular subject click on the module name.

Click on the relevant Practice Placement to view the learning outcomes specific to that placement (you may print these out to use with the student).

Please note that the list below only contains a selection of the modules covered by the students that were felt to be directly relevant to the Practice Placements. More comprehensive information may be accessed via the programme handbook.
Programme Overview for Practice Educators

YEAR 1
Clinical modules covered prior to Practice Placement 1 

Movement Science 1 

• Introduction to Anatomical terminology
• General Arrangement of the Musculo-skeletal system
Including, components, structure & function of:
• Connective tissue, Bone, Skeletal Muscle
• Central & peripheral nervous system
• Biomechanics & Control of normal movement

In addition:

• Upper & Lower limb anatomy, structure & function
• Surface anatomy & Palpation of the upper/lower limb

Patient Centred Practice 1 

• Subjective & Objective Assessment*
• Assessing posture
• Gait analysis
• Assessing ROM
• Assessing strength
• Prescribing Strengthening exercises
• Massage
• Deep Transverse Frictions
• PNF & MET
• Joint Accessory Mobilisations (Upper & Lower Limb)
• Walking aid use
• Wheelchair use & transfers
(*except regional special questions)

Patient Management 

• The study of Disease, inflammation and tissue repair
• Soft Tissue Injuries
• Fractures
• Common orthopaedic surgery
• Nerve Injuries
• Inflammatory Joint Pathology
• Degenerative Pathology
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Practice Placement 1 

• Jan/Feb - 4 weeks
• Placement is run over 4 ½ days a week, 128 total hours.
• Generally this works out at 32 hours per week but this may be negotiable.
• Usually 4 x 7 hour days + 1 x 4 hour day (does not include breaks).
• The location of the ½ day is flexible and should fit in with the needs of the service. As such the student should negotiate its timing with the educator prior to the start of placement.
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YEAR 1
Clinical modules prior to Practice Placements 2, 3 & 4 

Patient Centred Practice 2
 

• Acute & chronic pain physiology & psychology
• Therapeutic use of exercise & group exercise
• Electrotherapy
• Hydrotherapy 

Movement Science 2 

• Spinal anatomy & function - Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar spine
• Components, properties, structure & function of the cardio-vascular and respiratory systems 

Musculoskeletal Practice 1 

• Special questions, special tests, clinical reasoning and treatment in the Lumbar spine, S.I.J. and lower limb
• Spinal Mobilisation
• MWM's (lower quadrant only)
• Neurodynamics
• Lower quadrant stability exercises
• Taping (AKP only)
• Mckenzie theory (no practical)
• Chronic pain management (brief introduction to theory only, no practical)

YEAR 2

Cardio-respiratory Practice 

• Applied Anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems related to functional and pathological changes
• Assessment & management of common conditions of the cardiovascular and cardio-respiratory systems
• Critical Care

Musculoskeletal Practice 2 

• Clinical reasoning, assessment and treatment in the upper quadrant
 
Neurological Practice 

• Assessment & management of the patient with neurological deficit
• Pathological basis, and therapeutic management, of specialist conditions e.g. CVA, Guillain Barre, Multiple Sclerosis, head injury

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Practice Placements 2*, 3 & 4 

• PP2 - March/April, PP3 - April/May, PP4 - June/July.
• Each placement is run over 4 ½ days a week, 192 total hours.
• Generally this works out at 32 hours per week but this may be negotiable.
• Usually 4 x 7 hour days + 1 x 4 hour day (does not include breaks).
• The location of the ½ day is flexible and should fit in with the needs of the service. As such the student should negotiate its timing with the educator prior to the start of placement.

* NB - Society Health and Healthcare Assignment (1000 word essay) & Professional development 2 Assignment (2000 word portfolio) to be handed in by the student during Practice Placement 2
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YEAR 3
Clinical modules covered prior to Practice Placements 5 & 6 

Advanced Integrated Physiotherapy Practice (AIPP) 

• Advanced & complex cardio-respiratory/neurological management skills. e.g. preparation for on-call duties, multipathologies, advanced clinical reasoning.
• Advanced neuromusculoskeletal management skills including:
• Differential diagnosis
• Combined movements
• Grade V techniques
• McKenzie
• MWM’s
• Kinetic Control
• Management of priority healthcare groups e.g.:
• Vulnerable communities: older, mental health, children, long-term disability, multi pathology, death & dying.
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Practice Placement 5 & 6*

• PP5 - Nov/Dec, PP6 - Jan/Feb
• Each placement is run over 4 ½ days a week, 192 total hours.
• Generally this works out at 32 hours per week but this may be negotiable.
• Usually 4 x 7 hour days + 1 x 4 hour day (does not include breaks).
• The location of the ½ day is flexible and should fit in with the needs of the service. As such the student should negotiate its timing with the educator prior to the start of placement.

*NB - During Practice Placement 6 the students will be gathering information in preparation for a portfolio-based assignment which is submitted shortly after the placement finishes. The assignment requires them to address the module learning outcomes and as such the students will be encouraged to mentor Year 1 students as appropriate whilst on the placement.

MSc (pre-reg) Programme Overview for Practice Educators...

 
See below for a brief summary of the modules that the students will have covered at different stages prior to the various placements. For a more detailed view of a particular subject click on the module name.

Click on the relevant Practice Placement to view the learning outcomes specific to that placement (you may print these out to use with the student).

Please note that the list below only contains a selection of the modules covered by the students that were felt to be directly relevant to the clinical education placements.

YEAR 1
Clinical modules covered prior to placements 1, 2 & 3
 

Developing Evidence Based Cardiorespiratory Practice

• Anatomy, physiology and pathology of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems
• Clinical reasoning and evidence based principles applied to the management of cardiovascular and respiratory dysfunctions 

Developing Evidence Based Neurological Practice 

• Anatomy, physiology and pathology of central and peripheral systems
• Common disorders of the neurological system (including CVA)
• Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, peripheral nerve injury and neuropathy
• Head and spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy

Developing Evidence Based Neuromusculoskeletal Practice 1

• Anatomy, biomechanics and normal function of upper and lower quadrants (cervical spine / upper limb; lumbar spine / lower limb). NB - The thoracic spine is not covered at this stage
• Dysfunction of upper and lower quadrants, focusing on Rheumatological disorders
• Injury and trauma, healing of tissues
• Physiotherapeutic modalities (and clinical reasoning) involved in assessing/treating dysfunctions of the upper and lower quadrants (including the use and application of ET)

Context of Physiotherapy Practice

o Intro to 'the role of the professional' – from professional perspective 
• Organisation of health services 
• Accountability/regulation/scope of practice

o Role of professional - service user perspective 
• Sociology of health and illness 
• Psychology of health and illness 
• Social context of healthcare

o Responsibilities of being a professional - emphasis on development of capability to demonstrate competence in these areas 
• CPD including portfolios, use of reflection and learning contracts 
• Law & ethics 
• Cultural competence 
• Team working / interdisciplinary working 
• Service user-centred model of practice
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Clinical Education Placements 1 - 3 

• 1 - May/Jun, 2 - Jul/Aug, 3 - Nov/Dec
• 180 hours total, 30 hours per week (not including breaks)
• 4 x 7.5 hour days (timing of study day should be negotiated between the student and educator prior to the start of the placement)
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YEAR 2
Clinical modules covered prior to placements 4, 5 & 6

Advancing Physiotherapy Practice 

Including:

• Health, well-being and self-management for people with chronic physical and/or mental illness/disability
• Patient-centred physiotherapy in assessment/management of impact of complex and continuing needs on client/family/community
 
Developing Evidence based Neuromusculoskeletal Practice 2 

Theory and practice (and evidence-base) of various approaches to physiotherapy including for example:

• McKenzie
• Kaltenborn
• Muscle imbalance
• Muscle stabilising theory
• Mobilisations with movement

Also:

• Assessment and management of thoracic dysfunction, Neurodynamics
• Theories of pain causation & management
• Ergonomics
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Clinical Education Placements 4, 5 & 6 

• 4 - Feb/Mar, 5 - Jul/Aug, 6 - Nov/Dec
• 180 hours total, 30 hours per week (not including breaks)
• 4 x 7.5 hour days (timing of study day should be negotiated between the student and educator prior to the start of the placement)