PT0507 - Rehabilitation in Contemporary Physiotherapy Practice

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What will I learn on this module?

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.

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.
This module will contain lectures to introduce key areas within the module. There will be workshops within the module, which will include interventions and practice of these, theory relating to this and application of this to clinical problems.

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 practical’s 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 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. Discussion and application of biopsychosocial assessment to inform patient centred management of spinal and peripheral musculoskeletal conditions.
2. Discuss and demonstrate principles underpinning musculoskeletal rehabilitation and integrated approaches for the management of spinal & peripheral musculoskeletal conditions.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
1. Justification and application of appropriate physiotherapy interventions to support biopsychosocial management of muscusloketal conditions that addresses the individual needs of clients.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
1. You will explore the role of the physiotherapist in supporting clients demonstrating a range of individual needs. This will develop transferable skills and qualities required for professional practice including empathy, effective commuication and the awareness of the impact of living with a condition can have on an individual.

How will I be assessed?

Throughout the module you will have the opportuntiy to receive and engage with verbal formative feedback from both lecturers and peers.


You will be assessed summatively by a practical examination and viva voce. The assessment will provide an opportunity for you to consolidate integration of assessment, knowledge and skills. Written individual feedback will be provided.

K&U: 1,2
PVA: 1





Module abstract

This contemporary, clinically focused module aims to advance your musculoskeletal assessment skills and develop physiotherapy interventions to address individual client needs. The module will contain a range of practical interventions and justification and application of these to theoretical clinical cases to develop clinical reasoning and critical thinking. This module aims to provide you with principles of rehabilitation from a biopsychosocial perspective and ability to develop and apply a range of physiotherapy interventions. The role of the physiotherapist in exploring and supporting management of the multiple influences on musculoskeletal problems will be developed. This module will develop key skills regarding assessment and management, alongside key principles related to rehabilitation.

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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