PT0608 - Physiotherapy Across The Life Course

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will use the World Health Organisation’s Life Course Model to explore the impact of living with a long term condition. You will consider how individual needs change from childhood to adulthood and into older age and the implications for physiotherapy. You will be encouraged to draw on previous modules where you have considered issues such as public health, long term condition management, the range of physiotherapy interventions and how these can be brought together in a person centred approach. You will consider mental and physical health needs and how they interact. Childhood disability, chronic pain, mental health, learning disability, womens health, palliative care and dementia are some of the specific areas of practice we will explore in order to critically consider person centred physiotherapy across the life span.

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. Some of the module content is delivered by visiting lecturers including service users and physiotherapists from specialist areas of practice to provide the opportunity to engage in dialogue around the module themes and gain a broader perspective on issues such as health, ability and disability. The module will deliberately challenge your thinking and consider your own professional development in becoming a person centred physiotherapist.

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.

The module contains some challenging themes which are very relevant to physiotherapy practice with the aim of allowing you to explore the issues in a safe and supported environment. You are encouraged to discuss anything you find difficult with the module team or your personal tutor.

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. Critically discuss the relevance of the life course model to physiotherapy practice
2. Critically appraise frameworks and theories of person centred practice

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
1. Engage in discussion and debate with service users and professionals around the complexities of meeting individual needs across the life span
2. Critically reflect on the contribution of physiotherapy at different phases of the life span.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
1. Reflect on the values and attributes necessary to practive indivualised and inclusive physiotherapy.

How will I be assessed?

You will submit a short formative reflection on the benefits and challenges of taking a person centred approach to physiotherapy practice, drawing on evidence from your personal development file to discuss how you have demonstrated some of the necessary values and attributes, you will be provided with written feedback on how these ideas could be incorporated into your assignment.

Summative assessment will be a 3000 word written assignment exploring how physiotherapy meets changing needs across the lifespan.

Personalised written feedback will be provided on your assignment allowing you to request comments on a particular aspect of your writing. In addition group feedback will be posted on the eLP. You will have the opportunity to discuss your feedback with the module tutor.





Module abstract

This challenging module will encourage you to consider your own development towards professional practice in the context of keeping the patient or service user at the centre of everything we do. By exploring how individuals needs change across the life span you will enhance your appreciation of the need for a flexible and inclusive approach to your practice. Personalised care is at the heart of contemporary health policy and the themes within this module will ensure you are well positioned to contribute to this agenda. You will work alongside service users and professionals to discuss the realities of person centred practice, challenge your own assumptions and consider the values and attributes needed to provide the best possible physiotherapy.

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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