PT0409 - Physiotherapy Practice 1

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What will I learn on this module?

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.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures, practical session, seminars, 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.

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, seminars and practicals 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.

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. Use basic subjective and objective assessment skills in order to identify risks or serious safety issues, and to formulate a basic problem list

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
1. Integrate reflection as an ongoing learning tool pre, during and post placement
2. Demonstrate key reflection skills with peers, patients and wider MDT appropriate for a healthcare setting

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
1. Demonstrate awareness and application of appropriate ethics, non-discriminatory practice, cultural awareness and person-centred care in meeting the requirements of the Health and Caring Professions Council Professional Standards

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment will take place through tutor and peer feedback of the development of your portfolio. In class tasks and placement experience will provide the basis for the content of your portfolio.

The summative assessment has two components;
You will be assessed through submission of a portfolio. You will be asked to provide evidence to demonstrate progression in your assessment skills and your understanding and implementation of safe physiotherapy practice.
The second part of the assessment is completion of 2 periods of clinical placement.

You will receive verbal feedback during seminars and individual tutorials throughout the module to facilitate your academic development. You will receive written feedback on your summative assessment with the opportunity to discuss this in person with the module tutor.
Practice placements will be marked as pass/fail and you will be given formative feedback on each component of ‘Physiomap’ at a mid way and end of placement review.

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Module abstract

The practice of Physiotherapy involves interaction between patients and practitioners. The skills of these practitioners are well developed but they do not develop overnight and often involve months to years of supervised and unsupervised practice. This module is the starting point for these skills and will introduce you to the core principles of clinical practice and professionalism. The module will create the simulated environment of clinical practice by utilising role-play type simulations to develop the mandatory and specific physiotherapy skills you will need in your early clinical practice. The use of personal and University technology is encouraged in this module for self-assessment, evaluation and development purposes. This module has a strong practical and collaborative learning emphasis.

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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