Core Module Information
Module title: Physiotherapy in Advanced and Complex Areas of Practice

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

Module code: HSC11122
Module leader: Colin McLelland
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Allied Health and Social Care Sciences


Description of module content:

Physiotherapists have an important role to play in response to the changing health and social care context, to empower and enable individuals with complex health needs and long term conditions to maximize their independence, empowering them to live long and to live well. Scotland has developed innovate roles for physiotherapists through implementation of triage systems e.g. Musculoskeletal advice triage service (MATS) and employed Advanced Practice Physiotherapists within community settings to support the changing roles of health care professionals in Health and Social Care.

The aim of this module is to allow you to explore physiotherapy practice working together with other health professionals to support individuals who have complex health care needs and their carers and families. You will have the opportunity to build on previous modules where you were introduced to behaviour change approaches and to consider your role in supporting individuals and their families including making use of bio-psycho-social approaches, physical approaches and healthcare technologies. In addition, you will explore physiotherapy roles within specialist and areas of advanced practice within and across different sectors such as community, voluntary and private sectors. In the module you will build on previous knowledge and clinical experience to develop your skills in critical appraisal of evidence, reflection, clinical reasoning, complex decision making, as well as your physiotherapy skills, and communication skills.

You will explore applying these skills in working with people who may have multiple morbidities, complex health needs, long-term conditions or those seen within specialist areas of practice. You will have the opportunity to critique the evidence-base for and reflect on specialist and advanced areas of practice such as Musculoskeletal Advice Triage Service (MATS), critical care, women’s health, sport injury rehabilitation, falls prevention, obesity management, pelvic health, prescribing, vestibular rehabilitation, chronic pain management, paediatrics, learning difficulties, cancer, digital technologies and physiotherapy with people who have had an amputation or have dementia and their carers.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically discuss the changing health and social care context nationally and globally and the implications for current and future physiotherapy service delivery.
LO2: Evidence a critical understanding of the pathological changes and related clinical features commonly seen in individuals with complex or long-term conditions or seen in selected areas of specialist physiotherapy practice.
LO3: Critically evaluate the evidence-base for selected physiotherapy management strategies, including supported self-management, to enable and empower individuals with complex health needs to live longer and well.
LO4: Justify an evaluation approach which could be applied to physiotherapy practice to determine if it is meeting service user needs and which will generate data for quality assurance and health improvement purposes.
LO5: Critically reflect on own learning in relation to partnership working with service-users or their carers in their rehabilitation and management with consideration for your effective contribution as part of the multi-disciplinary team
LO6: Synthesise the evidence relating to a specialist area of practice or relevant for use with service users who have complex needs, which makes use of health informatics technology.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Jane Hislop
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module will be delivered through keynote lectures, practical classes and facilitated group work. The module will be delivered across 11 weeks of learning, with the summative assessments due in week 15. You will be given taster ‘masterclasses’ in selected areas of physiotherapy practice where you will be introduced to the theoretical components of the module relating to changing context of health and social care, the pathology and physiotherapy management strategies for people with complex or specialist needs (LO 1,2,3). You will also be have the opportunity to experience critical care scenarios within the Simulation and Clinical Skills Centre. You will work in small groups throughout this module to plan and develop a resource making use of relevant technology (e.g. Wiki, Blog, Prezi) (LO 6). For the summative assessment you will work with either an individual carer, service user, a representative group or a clinician to develop an evidence-informed resource such as an advice leaflet, poster, which is relevant and beneficial to the target population and which includes a brief synthesis of the literature (LO 2,3,4,6). Tutors will facilitate your learning through group activities and you will have the opportunity share the resource you have developed with your peers, and with the service user groups, and/or clinicians at the end of the module.

Academic Regulation F5 applies to this module, stipulating that a minimum of 80% attendance is required in order to be eligible to undertake the assessment. See the myProgramme student handbook for further guidance.

Formative Assessment:
You will have weekly time-tabled small group meetings with your tutor to discuss your plans for the development of your resource. In week 37 there will be a class room activity to inform the assessment criteria. In week 39 you can present a plan for your selected area of evidence to small groups for peer feedback. In week 42 you will be given the opportunity to discuss your plans for the summative assignment.

Summative Assessment:
Synthesise the evidence relating to a specialist area of practice or relevant for use with service users who have complex needs, or those seen within a specialist area of practice making use of health informatics technology. You will create evidence-based resource for your target audience. As part of this assessment you will also be asked to provide a 1000 word reflective commentary on your learning from engaging with the development of your resource (3500 words).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 10
Face To Face Tutorial 10
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 20
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 40
Independent Learning Guided independent study 120
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Written 100 1,2,3,4,5 & 6 45 , WORDS= 3500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
HSC11122 Physiotherapy in Advanced and Complex Areas of practice