PT0705 - Assessment & Rehabilitation for Movement & Function

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What will I learn on this module?

This module will provide you with the opportunity to build on the knowledge, skills, values and behaviours introduced within ‘Physiotherapy professional practice studies 1’ to critically explore the pathology, assessment, management, and practical intervention for people within the core areas of cardiorespiratory (spontaneously breathing person), musculoskeltal (peripheral joints), and neurology (stroke) physiotherapy.

You will be introduced to the concept of health, movement, health promotion and rehabilitation and the role of physiotherapy applied within an applied health (International Classification of Functioning) model (WHO, 2001). Framed by this model, you will develop assessments skills necessary to work with people with pathologies (including long term conditions) and injuries of the a) shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle and foot b) obstructive and restrictive lung conditions, and cardiac dysfunction c) stroke.

You will practice and develop skills in the application of therapeutic exercise to address common identified problems experienced by these groups of people, along with an introduction to relevant electrotherapy and manual therapy approaches.

Thus the module will provide you with a firm foundation for practice within these areas of physiotherapy towards developing your knowledge, skills, values and behaviour required to meet professional standards of proficiency with an emphasis on a person-centred approach to physiotherapy that will provide you opportunities to gain insight of the influences of dimensions of health on professional practice and your own identity as a physiotherapist.

How will I learn on this module?

You will have the opportunity to participate in an enquiry-based learning approach that will promote peer and self coaching to meet the module learning outcomes through exploration of structured and staged skill-based tasks and scenarios. Simulation will play a key role in your learning within a workshop driven module, in developing your professional knowledge, skills, values and behaviours. Staff will introduce you to concepts, information and practical skills and facilitate reflection on your development through self and group directed study. Thus you will have the opportunity to practice and frame skills (practical and intellectual) that will be evidenced in the compilation of an e-skills portfolio to showcase your learning within the academic setting. In addition to the e-skills portfolio, there will opportunities for you to review and consolidate learning across the modue through your participation in two Collaborative Structured Practical Skills Evaluation (CSPSE) workshops.

In developing a ‘community of learning’ within a professional framework, you will be expected to attend teaching sessions, be dressed appropriately for practicals, behave in a professional manner, and engage and contribute to the learning of yourself and others.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Successful academic achievement requires a system of robust support and guidance to help you focus on your learning needs. In addition to
the pastoral support you will receive, the tutors involved in delivering this module will provide guidance and academic counselling to ensure
that you are able to confidently engage with the academic and practical rigour of this module. This dialogue will be face to face in workshops with tutorial support available, and is an essential aspect of the programme’s assessment for learning strategy. Extensive support is also accessible online as part of the University’s commitment to technology enhanced learning. This employs the use of the e-learning portal, social networking and collaborative tools.

A central feature the academic support available to you is the service provided by the University Library. This 24/7 service caters for all your
learning needs, has extensive access to electronic texts and tutorials that will directly support the development of academic skills aimed at
improving your critical thinking and communication skills.

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. Develop and demonstrate entry level proficiency in the selection, application and critical appraisal of physiotherapy intervention.
2. Critically review the role of physiotherapy across a range of settings within an ethos of a biopsychosocial approach and collaborative working in meeting individual needs.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
1. Develop and evidence entry level practical proficiency in the safe and effective application of physiotherapeutic skills
2. Critically appraise contemporary evidence-base and the implications for professional practice

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.

How will I be assessed?

Module formative assessment opportunittes are provided for you within developmental Collaborative Structured Practical Evaluation (CSPE) workshops staged at two points across the module, along with completion and submission of the e-skills portfolio. Feedback as an inclusive activity by students, peers, and staff will be undertaken.

The module summative assessment will take the form of a 4000 word written assignment. The assessment will provide an opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of physiotherapy intervention and the impact of critical appraisal of the evidence on practice within a specific context (selected condition). Written individual feedback will be provided along with general cohort feedback provided via the e-Learning Portal (eLP, Blackboard)/e-mail/social media.

KU: 1, 2

IPSA: 1, 2

PVA: 1





Module abstract

This module will provide you with the opportunity to build on the knowledge, skills, values and behaviours introduced within ‘Physiotherapy professional practice studies 1’ to critically explore the pathology, assessment, management, and practical intervention within the core areas of cardiorespiratory, musculoskeltal, and neurology physiotherapy.

Your learning will be augmented by a highly interactive, practical approach, including high fidelity simulation, within the Clinical Skills Centre, in the development of requisite professional skills in assessment and intervention across these areas of physiotherapy practice. Formative assessment comprising the completion of an e-Skills Portfolio that documents your deliberate practice and development of skills introduced within the module.

The module summative assessment will provide you with the opportunity to complete a written piece of work that evidences your research-rich learning relevant to clinical practice and your potential to make informed clinical decisions.

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 2021

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