PT0709 - Innovation and Change for Physiotherapy

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What will I learn on this module?

Within this module you will have the opportunity to complete your pre-registration learning and development in understanding your unique qualities that will contribute towards your successful registration, employment, continuing professional development (CPD), and your role as a leader and change agent for service development. Through your understanding of contemporary physiotherapy, health and social care and your current position as a potential registrant, you will identify and negotiate module learning outcomes that reflect and critically review your decision-making, communication, and CPD skills developed across the programme and apply them in the development of key themes:

• Autonomous practice, learning and development
• Employment and employability
• Contemporary and emerging areas of physiotherapy practice and delivery
• Leadership and management of change
• Contemporary health and social care policy
• Business and entrepreneurialism

Interactive workshops with module staff and external experts will provide a dynamic format to critically explore your professional identity and maximise your exployability and future development as a registered physiotherapist. The clinical areas of Learning Disabililty, Mental Health, Elderly Care, Paediatrics, and Palliative Care amongst others can be negotiated, as you are provided with the exciting opportunity to shape your learning.

In summary, you will examine service provision and development in the context of individuals in receipt of physiotherapy (and health and social care), families, cultures and contemporary society in general with an emphasis on (new) partnerships that hold potential in offering diverse solutions to challenges and opportunities provided for individuals having greater control over their own care and experience of physiotherapy.

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 negotiated module learning outcomes through exploration of contemporary issues within an open workshop format. Technology enhanced learning will play a key role in your learning with the opportunity to engage in Physiopedia ( projects within small collaborative groups. This will be supplemented by further opportunities to reflect and consolidate practical and decision-making skills through simulation workshops.

External contributors will also be involved in facilitation of your learning in relation to key themes identified at ‘What will I learn on this module?’

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 (Blackboard including Pebble+) and 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. Evidence a critical and innovative understanding of continuing professional development, service delivery and development, and leadership
2. To be completed by the student cohort

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
1. Evidence the ability to identify, negotiate, record and achieve learning outcomes in the evidencing of autonomous learning
2. to be completed by the student cohort

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
1. to be completed by the student cohort

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment will be in the review (by students and staff) of your completed small group ‘Physiopedia’ projects.

This will inform your summative assessment, a 40 minute (30minutes presentation, 10minutes discussion) oral presentation / viva supported by electronic slides or posters, that critically reviews the completed projects to inform a related service development, and identify personal learning and implications for future personal and professional development.

KU: 1, 2

IPSA: 1, 2

PVA: 1





Module abstract

You will have the opportunity to reflect on the decision-making, communication, and CPD skills across the MSc programme in considering contemporary health and social care and potential future innovations pertinent to the broader needs of the individual across the lifespan. Leadership, service provision and development will be examined.

Negotiated learning outcomes, subject areas / drivers (for example Learning Disabililty, Mental Health, Elderly Care, Paediatrics, and Palliative Care) will provide you with the exciting opportunity to shape your learning for this module activity through development of an online resource (at Physiopedia ( that will not only enhance the learning of your group but also a wider community of learning who will have access to this resource.

The module summative assessment will provide you with the opportunity demonstrate your value to employers through a presentation/viva that evidences your research-rich, enquiry-based learning and creative thinking relevant to contemporary, innovative physiotherapy services.

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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