Core Module Information
Module title: Building Professional Autonomy in Physiotherapy

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

Module code: HSC11136
Module leader: Steph Valentin
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Allied Health and Social Care Sciences

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

This module has two components - component 1 is the on campus learning and component 2 is practice placement.In the on campus component, you will reflect on your previous learnings to date and we will utilising the spiral curriculum developed these further with the introduction of complex situations, long-term conditions and comorbidities which are seen in specialist physiotherapy practice The content of the module may include the following topics: Anatomy and physiology: The structure and function of the human body and its responses to complex disease and long term disorders; Development of neurophysiological concepts and treatments; Inflammation and healing; Pain Mechanism; Development of cardiorespiratory knowledge and skills; The theories underpinning Physiotherapy practice and the profession.Practical skills: Development of manual therapy, exercise, electrotherapeutic modalities with discussion of alternative approaches; Palpation skills of anatomical landmarks; Application of clinical examination and assessment; Development of communication skills modifying to population and engaging with technology and digital mediums.Research and education: Appraisal of current literature and research; Evidence based outcome measures in relation to more complex conditions.Professional knowledge, skills and values: Leadership and accountability; Development of self and others; Reflective practice and self-awareness; Life-long learning; Communication skills modification (with emphasis on digital mediums); Evaluation and adaptation to assessment, treatments and approaches; Development of educational materials for specific populations; Understanding of role of the PT in the wider MDT; Risk assessment, management and applicationFor the practice placement component, you will be applying these physiotherapy approaches in your two placements which are deigned to again consolidate and develop your learning.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to

LO1: Evidence a critical understanding of the pathological changes and related clinical features commonly seen in individuals with complex situations, long-term conditions and comorbidities seen in selected areas of specialist physiotherapy practice.

LO2: Critically evaluate the role of physiotherapists in contributing to the public health workforce in promoting physical activity and wellbeing at an individual, group and population level across the lifespan.

LO3: Critically appraise the evidence for the health benefits physical activity/exercise promotion and digital health interventions in the prevention and management of selected physical and psychological problems.

LO4: 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.

LO5: Demonstrate a critical understanding of the underpinning principles of risk assessment, risk management and positive risk taking as applied to their specific field.

LO6: Demonstrate the professional behaviours and responsibilities and the placement learning domains outlined by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Health & Care Professions Council.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 2, BLENDED,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Lorraine Barry
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 36
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 152
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Written 100 1-5 46 , WORDS= 3000
Placement (Report) 0 6 5 HOURS= 00.00
Placement (Report) 0 6 14/15 HOURS= 00.00
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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