PT7000 - Management skills for physiotherapy 1

What will I learn on this module?

This module aims to develop your knowledge, critical thinking and practical skills in the assessment and treatment of clients with disordered movement
and function.

You will explore aspects of assessment, planning and prioritising of physiotherapy management strategies. This will include the principles underpinning the safe and effective assessment and management of clients, to justify and use physiotherapy skills to enhance movement and function, according to the individual needs of clients.

How will I learn on this module?

Workshops will integrate critical examination of relevant theoretical frameworks with practical tasks where you apply this theory to movement and physiotherapy interventions skills. You will develop treatment skills to address clinical problems causing disorders of movement and function. In class discussions will be informed by your own self-directed study and used to explore your understanding of the assessment and treatment approaches covered and facilitate the development of clinical decision-making skills.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Module information, assessment requirements and expectations, and important module announcements will be made through the eLP. Material to support your learning will be uploaded in advance of sessions. You will be provided with content verbally and guided through tasks during timetabled sessions. A dedicated assessment session will afford you the opportunity to ask assessment related questions in class. The Module Leader is there to support you with any queries that you may have about the module content. You will have the opportunity to receive formative feedback on your development during the module, and you will receive feedback on summative work to help you identify areas of strength and areas for development. There will be the opportunity to discuss your feedback with a member of staff during a tutorial. There is also further academic skills support available from the University Library services.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Systematically and critically apply theories relating to movement and function to physiotherapy assessment and intervention
2. Develop proficiency in the safe and effective application of physiotherapeutic assessment and skills which can be reasoned and justified using appropriate evidence and theory

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
1. Implement effective clinical reasoning and safe practice in the selection, application and critical appraisal of evidence-based physiotherapy assessment and interventions.
2. Develop and demonstrate problem-solving skills fundamental to clinical decision-making

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
1. Provide evidence for key personal attributes of non-judgemental person-centred care, compassion, patience and resilience in managing clients with movement and function disorders.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment
• You will receive verbal feedback during workshops throughout the module to facilitate your skill development and clinical decision-making.

Summative assessment
• You will be assessed summatively by an ePoster and viva. Within the ePoster, you will demonstrate your ability to justify your choice of assessment and physiotherapeutic management of a client and support this with a video demonstrating an appropriate intervention skill. You will then provide a verbal evidence based and critical review of your chosen approach incorporating contemporary evidence. The ePoster and viva will explore your underpinning theoretical knowledge and appreciation of how your assessment skills complement an overarching patient management strategy.
You will receive written feedback on your summative examination performance.

KU: 1, 2
IPAA: 1, 2
PVA: 1





Module abstract

This is a practically focused module, that complements the foundation knowledge and skills developed in ‘Foundation skills for physiotherapy practice’ and introduces theoretical concepts and principles that will support the assessment and management of movement and function. This module will facilitate your development in critically integrating theory and practice in order to justify both the assessment, and the choice of physiotherapeutic interventions aimed at addressing client’s problems with everyday movement and function. It combines the development of cognitive (clinical reasoning and decision-making) and practical skills (underpinning theory with safe and competent delivery) to enable you to manage clients with disorders of movement and function. Additionally, it prepares you for clinical practice by developing your awareness of and empathy towards some of the challenging issues that face clients experiencing problems with movement and function.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 years Full Time

Department Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start January 2025

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