Core Module Information
Module title: Introduction to Physiotherapy Practice

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: HSC11120
Module leader: Colin McLelland
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Allied Health and Social Care Sciences


Description of module content:

In this module you will explore the different systems of the body and develop an understanding of the impact of basic pathological process that occur in common conditions through application to clinical problems. You will explore a number physiotherapy interventions and management approaches including electro physical modalities, manual therapy and therapeutic exercise, which are utilised in contemporary areas of musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiorespiratory practice. Within your practical classes you will develop your skills by applying and modifying physiotherapy approaches in a safe, ethical and professional manner which builds on your learning within in the Foundations module. In addition, to developing your practical skills you will be expected to critically appraise the consequences of disruption to normal structure and function as a result of pathology, disease progression, injury or ageing. Following on from a working diagnosis, you will develop your clinical reasoning skills to formulate goal-orientated, person-centred plan of care, having sourced and critiqued the current evidence which underpins Physiotherapy practice. Finally you will be expected to be able to justify physiotherapy intervention and management approaches which you select, drawing on evidence and critiquing that evidence to inform your clinical decisions. Through the module you will explore the physiological, structural, behavioural and functional changes that can result from physiotherapy interventions. You will have the opportunity to apply physiotherapy approaches to simulated patients giving consideration to modifying and adapting where appropriate, and as well as to the progression and regression of approaches.

Indicative content includes:

Body systems:
• Impact of normal development from birth to later life, ageing and disruption to the musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiorespiratory systems
• Working with deteriorating/improving conditions (Stroke, PD, MS, COPD, Fractures, Chronic and Acute pain, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, back pain, Ligament, tendon and muscle injuries)
Treatment planning and clinical reasoning:
• Critical appraisal of evidence relating to physiotherapy approaches (guidelines, literature)
• Collaborative working with service users, carers and families in treatment planning and goal setting
• Justification of selected approach
Intervention practical application and evidence:
• Role of self-management
• Manual therapies
• Psychological, social and psychosocial processes involved in rehabilitation
• Electrotherapy modalities
• Application of therapeutic exercise, including progression and regression
• Modification and personalisation of Physiotherapy intervention and management approaches to meet the needs of individual patients/carers and groups

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically discuss the consequences of disruption to normal structure and function as a result of pathology, disease progression, injury or ageing and the implications of these for physiotherapy management.
LO2: Critically analyse of the physiological, structural, behavioural and functional changes that can result from physiotherapy intervention.
LO3: Critically appraise service-user and their carers involvement in decision-making processes within health and social care, recognising the need for a relationship based on mutual respect and trust which upholds the rights, dignity, values and autonomy of service-users and their carers.
LO4: Formulate an appropriate and prioritized, SMART goal-orientated plan, through synthesising evidence and acknowledging the need to engage with individuals and groups as co-creators of their management plan.
LO5: Critically reflect on the impact that culture, equality and diversity have on practice, and be able to propose modifications to meet the needs of individuals, families and communities where necessary.
LO6: Critically justify and demonstrate the practical application of evidence-informed interventions, techniques or management approaches, modifying and adapting where appropriate, and giving consideration for progression and regression of your approach.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 2, BLENDED, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Jane Hislop
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Lecture 10
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 60
Face To Face Tutorial 20
Independent Learning Guided independent study 110
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Structures Clinical Exam (OSCE) 100 1,2,3,4,5 &6 44 HOURS= 0.30
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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