PT0707 - Movement for Function & Participation

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What will I learn on this module?

You will have the opportunity to develop a repertoire of critical, analytical, reflective and practical skills to provide safe and effective interventions within the context of the core areas of musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and neurological physiotherapy, with a focus on complexity and long-term rehabilitation. The module will build on interventions previously developed focussing on service-users with more complex conditions and introducing models of care with an emphasis on movement to promote function and empower service-users to self-manage and improve participation.

You will be introduced to theories of clinical decision-making and behavioural change to inform safe and effective practice for person-centred physiotherapy. This will support the development and application of skills in relation to assessment, electrotherapy modalities and manual therapy, as well as the further development of your practical skills related to therapeutic exercise (introduced at the module Assessment & Rehabilitation for Movement & Function ) and pertinent educational strategies that support self-management for people with complex, long-term conditions.

Thus the module will provide you with the opportunity to continue 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 recognises the complexity of individual experience of a continually changing health condition and the potential for physiotherapy to impact positively on quality of life.

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 be opportunities for you to review and consolidate learning across the module 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?

What will I be expected to achieve?
(SRS 0005)
By the end of this module you will be able to:
Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Critically appraise clinical decision-making and the influences on it.
2. Critically review the role of physiotherapy across a range of settings within an ethos of a biopsychosocial approach and patient-centred collaborative working in meeting individual needs.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
1. Develop and evidence professional entry level practical proficiency in the safe and effective application of physiotherapeutic skills
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.

How will I be assessed?

Module formative assessment opportunities 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 30 minute electronic poster presentation/viva. The assessment will provide an opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of the physiotherapy decision-making processes that inform treatment and support self-management strategies when working with people who have complex needs. 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 enjoyable module builds on the knowledge and skills developed in year 1 and applies it to the development of physiotherapeutic interventions aimed at promoting movement and function, and empowering service-users to self-manage in addressing their problems through participation. It combines the further development of cognitive (clinical reasoning and decision-making) and practical skills (underpinning theory and safe and competent delivery) to enable you to educate clients how they may manage their 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 complex and long-term problems with movement and function.

The module summative assessment will take the form of a poster presentation/viva. The assessment will provide an opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of the physiotherapy decision-making processes that inform treatment and support self-management strategies when working with people who have complex needs.

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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