Advancing Physiotherapy Practice

Course Type
Postgraduate, Module

Module Overview

The module aims to enable you to demonstrate understanding of the needs of service users; in particular those with complex and continuing needs; in order to enhance their ability to identify the potential contribution of physiotherapy to the population’s health and well-being. The social context of care will be considered emphasizing issues such as communication and working with others. The organisational context of care will also be considered through critical evaluation of health care policy and its impact on the evolution of services and the role of physiotherapy. Applied critical evaluation skills will form the basis of ability to evaluate practice and respond flexibly to the evolving practice context. Ability to undertake professional development; focused career-development and the importance of this to the growth of the profession will be explored within the context of managing change and the role of leadership.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Critically evaluate practice in order to assist individuals with complex and continuing needs, and their supporters, to enhanced health and social well-being
  • Critically evaluate and adapt physiotherapy practice in response to changing needs and circumstances
  • Critically evaluate the impact of health care policy and organisation on the evolution and delivery of services
  • Critically appraise the evolving nature of physiotherapy practice, its contexts and changing knowledge base
  • Develop, critically analyse and evaluate strategies for continuous professional development
  • Critically appraise the strengths and weaknesses of own clinical practice and develop a reasoned strategy for addressing deficits
  • Demonstrate critical understanding of the importance of developing confidence and capacity to influence, initiate and lead change within an ethical framework


20 credits

Module Attendance Required

64 hours

Module Dates

Year 2; January / February; May / June


4000 word portfolio

Academics involved in the delivery of this module

Dr Carolyn Roskell