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Are you compassionate and patient, with a talent to inspire others when times get tough?

The BSc Physiotherapy course has been developed to equip you with the key skills required to successfully pursue a career in this exciting profession. Boasting a comprehensive curriculum, you will learn the fundamental skills required to successfully help and treat patients’ physical problems caused by illness, accident or ageing.

Teaching is delivered through a series of lectures, workshops and real life simulations, which will be further supported through the completion of a clinical practice placement.

The course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). On successful completion of the course you are eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC to work as a physiotherapist within the UK.

Our BSc Physiotherapy course is highly valued by employers and celebrates over a 90% employment rate within six months of successful completion. Additionally,

95% of students said that they are satisfied overall with their course (National Student Survey, 2016).

Personal Statement Guidelines

 When writing your personal statement please consider the following areas:

  • Justification for wanting to enter the profession – what attracts you to this profession?
  • Is it the values, characteristics, behaviours &/or variety of roles and responsibilities?
  • Why does this profession stand out for you compared to other health and social care professions?
  • Investigation of Physiotherapy as a career – to be able to make an informed career choice you must investigate some of the diversity of the profession ideally through direct observation of physiotherapists in diverse areas of practice
  • Evidence of additional skills, knowledge, experience – Transferable skills – how do your personal attributes, values, characteristics, behaviours and experiences relate to or prepare you for this challenging academic programme and a future career as a physiotherapist.

Structured Personal Statement

Tell us the reason you have chosen to study Physiotherapy.

  • Within this answer you can tell us what motivated you to become a physiotherapist, and what you find interesting or inspiring about the profession. We would like you to show that you understand the role of the physiotherapist in different areas of clinical practice and the skills, values and qualities that are needed. Additionally, describe why this health care profession suits you personally. We expect you to give examples that show you have a caring attitude.

Describe the roles and responsibilities of physiotherapists.

  • In this section you should tell us about your investigation into the physiotherapy profession, particularly discussing experiences you have had of physiotherapy. Although receiving physiotherapy yourself might have been your introduction to the profession we expect applicants to explore further than this. This must include work experience or placements within a physiotherapy setting, the opportunity to talk to physiotherapists about their role and evidence of reading around the subject or accessing information on the internet. Rather than simply providing a list, please expand on what the experience taught you about the profession. Physiotherapy is very varied profession, working with different populations in different settings; you should demonstrate an awareness of this.

Tell us about skills, knowledge and experience you have and explain why this is relevant to a future career in Physiotherapy.

  • Please use experiences from previous learning, work, volunteering, hobbies, sport, music and any other activities you think relevant. Again, rather than a list of achievements please explain the specific skills or values demonstrated and how this has helped prepare you for study and a future career as a Physiotherapist. It may be useful to look at the NHS Constitution Values as this discusses the values and behaviours important for working in health care in the UK.

Are you compassionate and patient, with a talent to inspire others when times get tough?

The BSc Physiotherapy course has been developed to equip you with the key skills required to successfully pursue a career in this exciting profession. Boasting a comprehensive curriculum, you will learn the fundamental skills required to successfully help and treat patients’ physical problems caused by illness, accident or ageing.

Teaching is delivered through a series of lectures, workshops and real life simulations, which will be further supported through the completion of a clinical practice placement.

The course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). On successful completion of the course you are eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC to work as a physiotherapist within the UK.

Our BSc Physiotherapy course is highly valued by employers and celebrates over a 90% employment rate within six months of successful completion. Additionally,

95% of students said that they are satisfied overall with their course (National Student Survey, 2016).

Personal Statement Guidelines

 When writing your personal statement please consider the following areas:

  • Justification for wanting to enter the profession – what attracts you to this profession?
  • Is it the values, characteristics, behaviours &/or variety of roles and responsibilities?
  • Why does this profession stand out for you compared to other health and social care professions?
  • Investigation of Physiotherapy as a career – to be able to make an informed career choice you must investigate some of the diversity of the profession ideally through direct observation of physiotherapists in diverse areas of practice
  • Evidence of additional skills, knowledge, experience – Transferable skills – how do your personal attributes, values, characteristics, behaviours and experiences relate to or prepare you for this challenging academic programme and a future career as a physiotherapist.

Structured Personal Statement

Tell us the reason you have chosen to study Physiotherapy.

  • Within this answer you can tell us what motivated you to become a physiotherapist, and what you find interesting or inspiring about the profession. We would like you to show that you understand the role of the physiotherapist in different areas of clinical practice and the skills, values and qualities that are needed. Additionally, describe why this health care profession suits you personally. We expect you to give examples that show you have a caring attitude.

Describe the roles and responsibilities of physiotherapists.

  • In this section you should tell us about your investigation into the physiotherapy profession, particularly discussing experiences you have had of physiotherapy. Although receiving physiotherapy yourself might have been your introduction to the profession we expect applicants to explore further than this. This must include work experience or placements within a physiotherapy setting, the opportunity to talk to physiotherapists about their role and evidence of reading around the subject or accessing information on the internet. Rather than simply providing a list, please expand on what the experience taught you about the profession. Physiotherapy is very varied profession, working with different populations in different settings; you should demonstrate an awareness of this.

Tell us about skills, knowledge and experience you have and explain why this is relevant to a future career in Physiotherapy.

  • Please use experiences from previous learning, work, volunteering, hobbies, sport, music and any other activities you think relevant. Again, rather than a list of achievements please explain the specific skills or values demonstrated and how this has helped prepare you for study and a future career as a Physiotherapist. It may be useful to look at the NHS Constitution Values as this discusses the values and behaviours important for working in health care in the UK.

Course Information

UCAS Code
B160

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years full-time

Department
Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location
Coach Lane Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

Department / Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Northumbria has been delivering programmes in sport, exercise and rehabilitation for over 30 years and is one of the top 10 sport Universities in the UK.

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The structure of this course has been designed to provide you with a broad understanding of physiotherapy, incorporating subjects such as principles of musculoskeletal physiotherapy; introduction to neurological physiotherapy; developing skills for safe and effective practice; exercise, movement and physiotherapy; and physiotherapy in early life and later life.

This course combines both theoretical and real-world learning, through a mix of classroom-based teaching, placements and simulated sessions in our state-of-the-art skills centre. Assessment techniques for this course include assignments, presentations, reflective professional portfolios and the planning and delivery of person-centred physiotherapy. In your final year you will also complete an assessed dissertation around a subject of particular interest to you and your own career aspirations.

You will also be given the option to completing an elective placement should you wish to further develop your learning in a real world environment. 

Physiotherapy Student Profiles

Hear what it is really like to study our Physiotherapy BSc (Hons) from our current students.

Book an Open Day / Experience Physiotherapy BSc (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Physiotherapy. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

When undertaking this course you will be supported by a team of motivated, specialist tutors that have extensive experience in clinical practice and academic areas of expertise.

The content of this course draws their in-depth knowledge, delivering a learning experience that facilitates an advanced understanding of theory and practice that is at the forefront of this discipline.

To fully support your learning journey you will have a dedicated personal tutor who will be on-hand to offer help or assistance throughout the duration of your studies. You will also receive support from a dedicated clinician whilst undertaking your placement. 

Book an Open Day / Experience Physiotherapy BSc (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Physiotherapy. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

When studying the BSc Physiotherapy course at Northumbria University you will be based at our new £30 million purpose-built sports campus, Sport Central.

Sport Central has been designed to enhance your learning experience thanks to its array of state-of-the-art facilities, and your learning will be situated in ‘zones of proximal development’ where experiential, collaborative and individualised strategies will enable you to develop the personal, professional and transferable skills associated with a proficient, newly qualified physiotherapist.

Technology is embedded throughout all aspects of your degree and you will also receive ongoing support through our innovative e-learning platform, Blackboard, where you can access module handbooks, assessment information, lecture presentation slides and reading lists.

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Book an Open Day / Experience Physiotherapy BSc (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Physiotherapy. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

This degree is delivered by a team of practicing physiotherapists and lecturers, many of which are actively involved in research projects, ensuring that your learning is at the forefront of the industry.

Teaching is delivered through research-informed, enquiry-based approaches with diverse and innovative classroom, experiential and practical-based opportunities.

Throughout the duration of your course you will be encouraged to develop your own research skills by undertaking research activities and evidence-based enquiry, which will then be put into practice when you complete your dissertation in the final year of your course.

Northumbria is ranked in the top 30 for excellence in sport and exercise science research power, making it the best rated university in the North East in this discipline (REF 2014).

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Book an Open Day / Experience Physiotherapy BSc (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Physiotherapy. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Northumbria University graduates are renowned for their success in achieving HCPC registration and employment on completion of their degree.

As this course is HCPC approved and CSP accredited your employment prospects can also be improved, as successful completion demonstrates that you possess the standards of knowledge, skills, values and behaviours set out by these leading professional bodies.

Northumbria University’s Physiotherapy course is renowned for its high calibre of graduates and we have many well-established partnerships with NHS, private and charity organisations.

Undertaking a placement will also provide you with real-life experience and the ability to learn off practicing physiotherapists who will further your knowledge and provide guidance on applying and interviewing for jobs.

Student Life

A great social scene can be found at the heart of our campuses, featuring award-winning bars and a huge range of clubs and societies to join you'll be sure to meet people who share your enthusiasms.

Volunteering

Challenge yourself through new experiences and join the Northumbria Sport family as one of our volunteers!

Book an Open Day / Experience Physiotherapy BSc (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Physiotherapy. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Once you have completed your Physiotherapy degree you can expect to work in a wide range of settings, from hospitals to gyms, GP surgeries or with people in their own homes, whether this be in the public, private or charity sector. Many physiotherapists also choose to work on a self-employed basis.

You also may wish to progress to further study, for example to Master’s or PHD level.

The BSc Physiotherapy degree boasts a very high employment rate, with over 90% of graduates finding employment within six months of successful completion. 

Book an Open Day / Experience Physiotherapy BSc (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Physiotherapy. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Course in brief

Who would this Course suit?

Would you like to help people rebuild their lives after illness or injury? This course could be for you.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths, English Language and two Sciences at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

128-136 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

128 UCAS Tariff points from 3 GCE/VCE A Levels including 40 points in a Science or Health related subject.

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Distinction, Distinction, Merit in a Science or Health-related subject.

Scottish Highers:

BBBBB at Higher level, BBB at Advanced Higher including a B in a Science or Health-related subject.

Irish Highers:

AABBB including an A in a Science or Health related subject.

IB Diploma:

128-136 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level including a 5 in Science.

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma e.g. Access to Health, Access to Science, including 27 credits at Distinction and 18 at Merit. Applicants without the required GCSEs must ensure these are included in the Access Course.

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Additional:

    A suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate and a satisfactory health check are required. You must meet the Health and Care Professions Council's suitability for registration requirements.

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with 6.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications<

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

You will be expected to purchase appropriate shoes for your placement activity, which cost approximately £40. There may be also travel costs associated with placement activity, which can cost approximately £600, however you will be reimbursed.

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

JG5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Sport Exercise and Rehabilitation (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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PT0404 -

An Introduction To Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy (NC, 20 Credits)

This module will introduce you to the role and purpose of cardiopulmonary physiotherapy practice, the knowledge, professional skills and values required to provide safe and effective person-centred care. The module builds on the physiotherapy modules ‘foundations for successful study and practice’ and ‘foundations of physiotherapy practice’ to provide an introduction to the discipline of cardiopulmonary physiotherapy practice and the fundamental knowledge and skills underpinning clinical practice within this core area of physiotherapy.

You will have the opportunity to transfer relevant personal life experience of cardiopulmonary health to provide a foundation for the development of your professional role. Applied cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology, common pathologies and clinical features develop an entry level appreciation for the principles of physiotherapy management in the spontaneously (i.e. not mechanically ventilated) breathing, medical? (i.e. non-surgical) patient.

You will be able to discuss the role of cardiopulmonary physiotherapy in the application of knowledge, skills, values and behaviours relevant to person-centred care.

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PT0405 -

An Introduction To Neurological Physiotherapy (NC, 20 Credits)

This module will introduce you to the role and purpose of neurological physiotherapy. You will build on your knowledge of movement developed in the ‘foundations of physiotherapy practice’ and ‘ anatomy of the musculoskeletal system’ modules to understand common presentations of movement dysfunction seen in people with neurological conditions.

You will explore the anatomy and physiology of the central nervous system to understand movement control and sensation. The module will introduce common neurological conditions of childhood and adulthood seen in physiotherapy practice and encourage you to consider the impact on the individual of living with that condition through the inclusion of service user perspectives.

The application of this knowledge will be in relation to assessment giving you the opportunity to practice subjective and assessment skills specific to the neurological physiotherapy.

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PT0406 -

Anatomy Of The Musculoskeletal System (NC, 20 Credits)

In this module you will be introduced to the normal structure and function of the musculoskeletal system. This will incorporate identifying bones and bony landmarks, muscle location, attachments and action, non contractile structures, normal range of movement and accurate palpation of surface anatomy. You will learn appropriate palpation skills in order to accurately locate important musculoskeletal structures. Successful completion of the module will rely on effective self-directed and independent study skills and time management which will be facilitated by the module team.

A strong emphasis will be given to the development of practical functional anatomy and takes an integrated regional anatomy approach to consider the gross structure and function of the lower limb, upper limb, spine and pelvis.

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PT0407 -

Foundations For Successful Study And Practice (NC, 20 Credits)

This module will help you understand what is required of study in higher education and develop the skills you need to study successfully. You will
• be introduced to academic conduct and assessment regulations
• learn how to identify and retrieve relevant information from the university IT systems and beyond
• understand different approaches to learning and what your own learning preferences are and be introduced to the concept of life-long learning
• be introduced to reflection as a powerful tool for personal and professional development
• learn how to get the most out of module-related information, including tutor feedback, to improve your own work
• develop your academic writing and time management skills
• develop a range of communication skills relevant to an academic and practice setting

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PT0408 -

Foundations of Physiotherapy Practice (NC, 20 Credits)

The overall purpose of this module is to provide you with the opportunity to develop safe, effective rehabilitative handling skills and foundation therapeutic skills specific to physiotherapy practice. The module explores underpinning theories of movement and you will learn about how normal movement occurs, what it looks like and how to analyse it. You will then go on to learn how this knowledge relates to the assessment of individuals with a variety of conditions. In addition, you will have the opportunity to develop skills in physically handling patients and helping them to maximise their movement potential. These skills include therapeutic exercises, massage and treatments such as heat and ice therapy. You will learn how to manage wheelchairs and a variety of walking aids and how to teach individuals to use these safely and effectively. You will practise working with patients who are newly post-surgery and those who have returned home and require ongoing rehabilitation. As such, you will develop a good grounding in skills that are fundamental to the safe and effective practice of Physiotherapy for a range of patients and environments.

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PT0409 -

Physiotherapy Practice 1 (NC, 20 Credits)

This module aims to provide the foundation knowledge that will be required for your first 2 clinical placements. The module will introduce you to the skills necessary for safe and effective practice as well as introducing and developing the principles of patient assessment. You will learn about the different approaches to patient assessment, which will include the physical, psychological and social approaches to this subject area. You will be introduced to factors that contribute to patient safety and the tools with which to facilitate, measure and document safe and effective practice.

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PT0504 -

Physiotherapy For Movement And Function (NC, 20 Credits)

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 physiotherapy management strategies including the principles underpinning the safe and effective application of physiotherapy skills to enhance movement and function; and how to justify the selection of physiotherapy skills according to the needs of clients.

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PT0505 -

Physiotherapy in Public Health and Long Term Conditions (NC, 40 Credits)

This module will introduce theories of behaviour change and health promotion, which are central to physiotherapy practice. You will explore your own concept of what health is and what internal and external factors impact on health on an individual and population basis. You will learn how to undertake a community profile and how to use this information to enhance your physiotherapy practice. You will also explore how a variety of communication skills (e.g. brief advice and motivational interviewing) can be used to help people to take greater control over their health.

As well as looking at the role of the Physiotherapist in promoting health in the general population, the module will also explore the role of the Physiotherapist in helping people to manage long term conditions. This will be through developing an understanding of how Physiotherapists can bring together both educational strategies and therapeutic skills to help the patient to achieve supported self-management of their condition. As well as gaining an understanding of the broad principles underpinning the management of long term conditions, by the end of the module you will have had the opportunity to discuss the Physiotherapist’s role in the management of specific commonly encountered long term conditions such as COPD, Inflammatory Arthritis and Parkinson’s Disease. The theme of person-centred care will be central to this.

In summary this module will explore similarities and differences in the ways in which behavioural change and health promotion theories and educational strategies can be used in the prevention and management of long term conditions.

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PT0506 -

Physiotherapy Practice 2 (NC, 20 Credits)

This module focuses upon the skills, behaviours, values and beliefs that underpin safe and effective Physiotherapy practice. Building on Physiotherapy Practice 1, you will further develop your skills in effective, personal and clinical communication and professionalism, and will explore how these skills are fundamental to the core standards of the profession. You will be guided to become a life-long learner and a reflective practitioner which involves understanding the importance of ongoing self-awareness and a critical approach to your own practice. These skills are vital in the modern health service as they allow Physiotherapists to develop their practice according to the needs of the service and its users. You will learn about the context of Physiotherapy practice and through this explore your role as both a professional in your own right but also as part of a wider healthcare team. In addition, you will have the opportunity to practice Physiotherapy therapeutic skills in a “real” environment in a variety of practice placement areas with the support of University and Clinically based supervisors. This experience will consolidate the skills that you have developed within the University and enable you to understand the links between theory and practice.

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PT0507 -

Rehabilitation in Contemporary Physiotherapy Practice (NC, 20 Credits)

This module aims to develop your knowledge and justification of making clinical decisions for the assessment and management of musculoskeletal conditions. You will build on the foundation musculoskeletal assessment skills developed in year 1 and advance these skills within a biopsychosocial framework and begin to apply findings to treatment and management approaches. The module will be clinically focused and will introduce contemporary physiotherapy principles and interventions for the management of spinal and peripheral musculoskeletal conditions. Contemporary physiotherapy will be reflected throughout this module, bringing together the potential for multiple influences on a musculoskeletal condition and interventions related to this. The client journey will be considered within this module with consideration of assessment findings to inform management approaches and the role of the therapeutic relationship and advice related to individual needs. The principles underpinning the interventions and how to justify the selection of these interventions to meet the individual client needs will be explored. Interventions will consider communication of findings and advice, the role of pain mechanisms and understanding of this, principles of graded activity and soft tissue loading rehabilitation and manual therapy related to joint and neural structures will be considered in the wider clinical context of being used as part of an integrared, multimodal intervention.

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PT0508 -

Research and Evidence in Physiotherapy (NC, 20 Credits)

This module aims to develop your knowledge of the research process in health care. You will be introduced to the different approaches including quantitative, qualitative and mixed method approaches and discuss how they contribute to the evidence base underpinning physiotherapy practice. You will learn about the different method systems (methodologies) in each approach and how these may be used to address particular problems in the context of physiotherapy together with the limitations of each. Practical workshops using small group work will be used to identify some of the limitations in these areas, enabling you to appreciate more ‘real world’ approaches.

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PT0607 -

Clinical Reasoning in Physiotherapy (NC, 20 Credits)

The overall purpose of this module is to explore factors influencing decisions made in clinical practice and to develop your understanding of the processes involved through considering physiotherapy to support people with movement problems because of damage to the Central Nervous System.

The module will help you develop your understanding of the internal and external influences on clinical reasoning about the cause and impact of movement difficulties and the prescription, delivery and evaluation of an appropriate package of physiotherapy for people with long term neurological conditions.

You will explore and discuss how your personal knowledge, research evidence , Government policy and pathways of care, professional guidelines and the perspective of service users and carers relate to decisions made about rehabilitation.

The module explores theories which explain and illustrate the way that clinicians approach decision making. You will be introduced to research examining how physiotherapists use subjective and objective information from a variety of sources to support decisions made in practice. You will have the opportunity to further develop your observational and therapeutic skills in movement analysis, and designing and implementing programmes to address specific features affecting movement and function for people with a range of neurological presentations.

The module also explores working as a physiotherapist within a multiprofessional team and the importance of providing a person centred approach which includes the opinions and goals of the people with neurological conditions and their family.

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PT0608 -

Physiotherapy Across The Life Course (NC, 20 Credits)

In this module you will use the World Health Organisation’s Life Course Model to explore the impact of living with a long term condition. You will consider how individual needs change from childhood to adulthood and into older age and the implications for physiotherapy. You will be encouraged to draw on previous modules where you have considered issues such as public health, long term condition management, the range of physiotherapy interventions and how these can be brought together in a person centred approach. You will consider mental and physical health needs and how they interact. Childhood disability, chronic pain, mental health, learning disability, womens health, palliative care and dementia are some of the specific areas of practice we will explore in order to critically consider person centred physiotherapy across the life span.

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PT0609 -

Preparation for Working Life in Physiotherapy (NC, 20 Credits)

Throughout the programme you have developed a portfolio demonstrating your personal and professional development. In this module you will reflect on your development and continue to build your portfolio with a specific focus of demonstrating preparedness for employment. You will use reflective practice throughout the module, recognising your own personal strengths and areas for development in relation to meeting the required standards for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council. This will show your transition from student to qualified physiotherapist.

You will broaden your range of skills to include physiotherapy treatments such as non-invasive ventilation and trigger points. You will explore the role of the physiotherapist within various clinical settings and consider your own career path in relation to this. You will be encouraged to consider the relevance of contextual issues affecting contemporary physiotherapy practice such as legislation, policy, governance.

Within the module you will receive guidance around employability skills including writing a curriculum vitae, developing a personal statement, identifying your continuous progressional development requirements, application and interview techniques and preceptorship.

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PT0610 -

Evidence Based Dissertation (NC, 40 Credits)

This module aims to develop your skills of independent working by engaging with a topic of your own choosing and designing a research project addressing a question relevant to contemporary physiotherapy. You will explore aspects of research such as literature searching, filtering and quality assessment to develop a research proposal in a relevant area of physiotherapy. This may use a qualitative or quantitative approach and will be limited to the development but not the execution of the project. The module builds on the year 2 module ‘research and evidence in physiotherapy’ and provides an opportunity to apply your understanding of research to a topic of particular interest.

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PT0611 -

Physiotherapy practice 3 (NC, 20 Credits)

Building on Physiotherapy Practice 1 and 2 you will extend your knowledge and skills relating to the provision of safe and effective physiotherapy to consider your role in improving services and patient care. You will consider your own leadership skills and critically discuss leadership at all levels across the health service. Leadership occurs at all levels; leading yourself, leading patients and ultimately leading services. Leadership can mean taking responsibility for your own practice and ensuring that practice is the very best it can be, it is about proactively working to improve the experience of your patients and their family or carers. There is a link between good leadership and high quality care and this module allows you to develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to participate in service improvement.

The module will include exploration and evaluation of contemporary theories and evidence based tools which impact on effective improvement for safer care. You will draw on your own placement experience and identify the impact you can make in service improvement as a newly qualified physiotherapist. As part of this process you will be expected to collaborate with health professionals outside of physiotherapy, both students and qualified staff, to consider the relevance of collaboration to service improvement.

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