PT0404 - An Introduction To Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy

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What will I learn on this module?

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.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures, workshops, tutorials and independent learning. The module staff will support your learning and development across the module. There will be a strong emphasis on professional practical skills and the knowledge that underpins this, with opportunities to evaluate your learning formatively through active engagement in feedback.

The lectures will cover applied anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology of common cardiopulmonary conditions, with introductions to clinical assessment and physiotherapeutic intervention. Subject matter will be followed up within workshops and enable you to learn and reflect on your professional identity and responsibilities.

You will have the opportunity during practical sessions to engage in simulation activity both directly with your peers and also with the high fidelity simulation resources within the University’s Clinical Skills Centre.

You will also have the opportunity within the module to work with clinical colleagues (as visting lecturers) in enhancing theory-practice links.

You will be expected to:
• Attend teaching sessions
• Be dressed appropriately for practical sessions
• Behave in a professional manner
• Engage and contribute to the learning and development 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 lectures, 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. Discuss the role and purpose of cardiopulmonary physiotherapy

2. Relate the applied anatomy and physiology of the cardiopulmonary systems to pathological change, clinical presentation and physiotherapy intervention.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

1. Demonstrate and justify the application of core professional skills for cardiopulmonary assessment, intervention and evaluation.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

1. Demonstrate an appreciation of key personal attributes of non-judgemental person-centred care, compassion, patience and resilience.

How will I be assessed?

Module formative assessment opportunittes are provided within developmental Collaborative Structured Practical Evaluation (CSPE) workshops staged at two points across the module. Feedback as an inclusive activity by students, peers, and staff will be undertaken.

The module summative assessment will take the form of a practical viva examination. The assessment will provide an opportunity for students to consolidate integration of knowledge and skills at a foundation level. Written individual feedback will be provided along with general cohort feedback provided via the e-Learning Portal (eLP, Blackboard)/e-mail.

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Module abstract

This module will enable you to develop an initial understanding of the the role and purpose of cardiopulmonary physiotherapy by introducing you to the principles, skills and philosophies underpinning this core area of physiotherapy practice. The holistic world of health and well being, with a focus on cardiopulmonary long-term conditions will be introduced to enable you to demonstrate the key academic and professional skills, and associated professional values required for safe and effective physiotherapy intervention.This will be achieved through lectures and workshops which will allow you to discuss ideas and practice skills, reflecting on your emerging professional identity. The module will be assessed through a practical viva.

Course info

UCAS Code B160

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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