PT0505 - Physiotherapy in Public Health and Long Term Conditions

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What will I learn on this module?

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.

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.

Lectures will introduce you to key ideas and theories around the role of the physiotherapist in public health and long term condition management, and seminars will develop your understanding of approaches used to support service users through their lifetime. Practical sessions will enable you to develop appropriate intervention skills drawing from manual therapy, electrotherapy and exercise therapy modalities as well as enhancing your communication and educational skills.

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?

You will have face to face contact with academic staff during lectures, seminars and practical teaching sessions, where questions and discussion will be encouraged. There will be the opportunity to receive formative, written feedback on a selection of videoed practical skills part way through the module. There will also be a group tutorial available for assignment preparation. The eLP will be used to point you in the direction of relevant reading material and web-based materials to support your learning.

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?

By the end of the module you will be able to:
Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Discuss factors that impact on health on an individual and community level
2. Demonstrate knowledge of theories of behavioural change and health promotion and understanding of how these can be applied in practice.
3. Discuss the principles underpinning the management of long term conditions and demonstrate understanding of how this relates to the role of the Physiotherapist
4. Demonstrate understanding of the appropriate use of self-management strategies for individual service users and their carers

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
1. Compile a community profile and use it to inform practice
2. Demonstrate the ability to use therapeutic communication and educational interventions appropriately to enable people to take more control over their own health
3. Use clinical reasoning skills to justify the selection of physiotherapy management approaches according to the needs of individual clients with long term conditions
4. Demonstrate safe and effective practice of a range of physiotherapeutic skills appropriate to the management of people with long term conditions

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
1. Demonstrate insight into the impact that living with a long term condition might have on an individual and those who care for them, and reflect this in the ability to communicate empathetically

How will I be assessed?


The module will provide you with a number of opportunities for formative assessment of a range of practical and communication skills. For example, you will get verbal feedback from lecturers in practical and seminar activities. There will also be opportunities during seminars for you to get written feedback from peers (K&U1&2 and I/P 2&4)


The module will be assessed via a portfolio compiled through the module. The portfolio will provide evidence of a range of different skills that you will develop on the module. The portfolio will help you to engage will the full range of module learning outcomes via a diverse range of activities, to ensure that as many learning styles are catered for as possible. Examples of elements of assessment in the portfolio might include:

• A written reflective commentary on the development of communication skills (for example brief advice, brief interventions and / or motivational interviewing) based on peer feedback of seminar activities
• A community profile linked to a placement area
• A short video of physiotherapeutic skills developed on the module
• An evidence-based critique of a long term condition management strategy
• Group submission of a plan for a group educational programme related to a long term condition

Deadlines will be set at intervals throughout the module for different elements of the portfolio. This will ensure that your workload for the module is manageable throughout the year. It will also allow you to receive written feedback on each element, which will hopefully contribute to your learning and help you to build on the feedback for the next element of assessment. In this way, the portfolio should be a valuable tool to assist your learning throughout the module. A single mark for the whole portfolio will be given at the end of the module.

K&U 1,2,3,4
IPSA 1,2,3,4


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Module abstract

This module will equip you with the knowledge and skills to enable you to help people to take greater control over their health. We will explore the application of behavioural change theory in a public health context and to those living with long term conditions through supporting them to develop the skills and knowledge that they need to manage their condition in the most effective way possible. Reseach-rich learning will ensure that you are equipped with evidence and underpinning theory to support your clinical practice, and a range of formative and summative assessment opportunities will allow you to receive ongoing feedback throughout the module. Long-term conditions can affect people at any stage in life, and there is an increasingly large proportion of the population living with long term conditions. This module explores the physiotherapy role in both the prevention and management of long term conditions making this module relevant for many areas of potential employment.

Course info

UCAS Code B160

Credits 40

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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