Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 2: Upper Quadrant

Module Overview

This module facilitates analysis of your prior experience in manipulative physiotherapy to enable the exploration of this specialist area in the context of evidence based practice. It builds upon your existing knowledge and experience of the assessment and management of neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction of the upper quadrant to enable understanding and effective management of the complexity of clinical presentations. This is achieved through the establishment of a framework of Continuing Professional Development and a focus on the development of clinical reasoning and clinical expertise.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning skills in the assessment and management of upper quadrant dysfunction
  • Critically evaluate the existing approaches to the assessment and management of upper quadrant dysfunction in the context of Best Practice
  • Evaluate and further develop their communication skills and manipulative physiotherapy manual skills
  • Justify decision making within the process of patient assessment and management
  • Evaluate and progress the management intervention in upper quadrant dysfunction
  • Critically analyse the psychosocial issues relevant to the assessment and management of upper quadrant dysfunction


20 credits

Module Attendance Required

99 hours

Module Dates  

  • 18, 19, 20 September 2017
  • 16, 17, 18 October 2017
  • 15 November (Data collection) 2017
  • 11, 12, 13, December 2017
  • 22, 23, 24 January  2018
  • + prosectorium date TBC


  • Poster presentation of a negotiated mini research project exploring an aspect of upper quadrant assessment or management; 50%
  • Viva voce examination that explores the theoretical basis and clinical reasoning of a case history; 50%

Academics involved in the delivery of this module

Dr Nicola Heneghan

Stand Alone Course

This module can also be taken as a stand alone course if required. To apply, please contact the Programme Administrator:

Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 3126

Entry requirements if taken as a stand alone course

Applicants must provide documented evidence of a minimum of 1500 hours experience post qualification of using manipulative physiotherapy within a neuromusculoskeletal context. (This is in line with the IFOMPT guidelines.)

Supporting evidence of appropriate continuing professional development during this experience will be required.