PT0506 - Physiotherapy Practice 2

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What will I learn on this module?

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.

How will I learn on this module?

Your learning in this module will take place between university based teaching sessions and in three periods of practice within a clinical setting. You will be supported to develop your understanding and skills within the university by experienced Physiotherapy staff, through a series of workshops. We will contextualise all learning in this module within HCPC and CSP recommendations for lifelong learning. During placement you will work with an experienced physiotherapists who will guide your professional development in the context of the specific physiotherapy setting. You will use a portfolio of learning to make links between the university and practice based learning.

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. Discuss the evidence-base underpinning skills for safe, effective and collaborative physiotherapy practice.
2. Analyse the factors contributing to potential or actual risk within a physiotherapy setting.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
1. Be able to complete an adequate risk assessment and route cause analysis within a clinical setting
2. Integrate reflection as an ongoing learning tool for pre, during and post placement

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?

Summative assessment will be in two parts. Firstly a 2500 word written assignment based on a case study from your own practice and supported by evidence from your portfolio of learning (e.g. reflective accounts, critical incident reports). The essay will focus on a patient safety issue relevant to physiotherapy.

Secondly you will complete 3 periods of clinical placement.

Individual written feedback will be provided on your assignment as well as generic group feedback on general strengths and weaknesses. 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.

KU: 1,2

IPAA: 1, 2

PVA: 1


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Module abstract

This module allows you to consolidate the learning from other level 5 modules focussing on the physiotherapy management of different populations and problems and apply them to a real world setting. You will examine physiotherapy practice through the lens of patient safety and consider your own development in providing safe, effective and collaborative care. Patient safety is a key topic in contemporary healthcare and a sound understanding of how physiotherapy contributes to this agenda will be essential in securing future employment. You will use your portfolio of learning in order to draw from your own practice examples to explore theory practice links.

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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