PT0607 - Clinical Reasoning in Physiotherapy

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What will I learn on this module?

The overall purpose of this module is to explore factors influencing decisions made in clinical practice and to develop your understanding of the processes involved through considering physiotherapy to support people with movement problems because of damage to the Central Nervous System.

The module will help you develop your understanding of the internal and external influences on clinical reasoning about the cause and impact of movement difficulties and the prescription, delivery and evaluation of an appropriate package of physiotherapy for people with long term neurological conditions.

You will explore and discuss how your personal knowledge, research evidence , Government policy and pathways of care, professional guidelines and the perspective of service users and carers relate to decisions made about rehabilitation.

The module explores theories which explain and illustrate the way that clinicians approach decision making. You will be introduced to research examining how physiotherapists use subjective and objective information from a variety of sources to support decisions made in practice. You will have the opportunity to further develop your observational and therapeutic skills in movement analysis, and designing and implementing programmes to address specific features affecting movement and function for people with a range of neurological presentations.

The module also explores working as a physiotherapist within a multiprofessional team and the importance of providing a person centred approach which includes the opinions and goals of the people with neurological conditions and their family.

How will I learn on this module?

You will have the opportunity to engage with a range of lectures, seminars and practical workshops that will allow you to integrate theory with practice. This will help you to build your knowledge of factors influencing clinical decisions and to develop greater understanding of features of movement control which will support you in the selection and application of therapeutic interventions in order to treat a range of movement difficulties.

You will be encouraged to reflect about influences on your own clinical practice and to use your portfolio of learning to support personal insights on clinical decisions which you have observed or participated in during clinical placements . This supported reflection will be used to provide context for your learning on this module and to assist your preparation for the summative assessment.

Assessment will be through presentation of a clinical decision you have made about an aspect of movement rehabilitation with a client you will select from your own clinical experience.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Lectures and seminars will be delivered by experienced academic and clinical staff who are able to answer questions within the sessions. Practical workshops are delivered by two physiotherapy staff with appropriate expertise, allowing for greater opportunity for asking questions or clarifying issues.

Support for any difficulties on the module is available through a number of methods:
All lecture, seminar and practical information and can be accessed by students through the Univeristy electronic learning portal.
The electronic learning portal also contains additional information such as information sheets, links to online resources or handbooks to support learning.
Library resources such as Ask4Help or Study Skills can be used to develop study and writing skills.
Support can also be accessed through the module lead who is available for tutorials as necessary.
Peer support is also encouraged throughout the module delivery.

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. Develop understanding of Models of clinical reasoning and the influence of Government, Professional and service influences within the context of evidence based rehabilitation for clients with neurological conditions.
2. Identify features of efficient motor control and increase understanding of the effect of common neurological conditions (including the impact of pain) on movement, function and participation.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
1. Increase skills in selecting, implementing and evaluating physiotherapy interventions to address features of body structure and function affecting control of movement.
2. Increase awaress and understanding of the role of Physiotherapy within the context of Multi Professional Team working to provide person centred, collaborative interventions to address client goals.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
1. Understand the use of reflection to explore the influence of personal and professional principles such as ethics, equality, cultural diversity on communication and collaborative decision making for clients with neurological conditions.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment:
Within the module you will be supported in preparing for the assessment through interactive seminars and guided reflection.

Summative assessment:
You will be assessed through a presentation and viva. Your exam will assess your ability to identify and discuss the impact of internal and external factors on clinical reasoning about an aspect of physiotherapy treatment within a context selected by you from clinical placement. This assesses your ability to integrate your theoretical and clinical knowledge demonsrate your understanding through critically appraising and discussing your own clinical decision making skills.

You will be given individual written feedback on your presentation. Group feedback on general strengths and weaknesses will be made available on the eLP. You will have the opportunity to discuss your feedback with the module tutor.

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Module abstract

This module supports integration of your theoretical and clinical knowledge and develops physiotherapy skills to prepares you for autonomous post graduate clinical practice.

This module builds on University and Practice Placement based learning at levels 4 and 5 and helps you establish robust links between knowledge, skill and critical appraisal of evidence base.

These skills are progressed within this module through use of clinical case studies. This permits you to evaluate the role of personal, professional , societal and global influences on decisions made within physiotherapy practice. The context of neurological rehabilitation is used to explore collaborative and person-centred physiotherapy provision and Professional scope and behaviour as part of a multi professional team.

Overall the module provides a skill set which will allow you to meet Health and Caring Professions Council registration and facilitate transition into post graduate physiotherapy practice.

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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