PT0609 - Preparation for Working Life in Physiotherapy

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What will I learn on this module?

Throughout the programme you have developed a portfolio demonstrating your personal and professional development. In this module you will reflect on your development and continue to build your portfolio with a specific focus of demonstrating preparedness for employment. You will use reflective practice throughout the module, recognising your own personal strengths and areas for development in relation to meeting the required standards for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council. This will show your transition from student to qualified physiotherapist.

You will broaden your range of skills to include physiotherapy treatments such as non-invasive ventilation and trigger points. You will explore the role of the physiotherapist within various clinical settings and consider your own career path in relation to this. You will be encouraged to consider the relevance of contextual issues affecting contemporary physiotherapy practice such as legislation, policy, governance.

Within the module you will receive guidance around employability skills including writing a curriculum vitae, developing a personal statement, identifying your continuous progressional development requirements, application and interview techniques and preceptorship.

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.

We will contextualise all learning in this module within HCPC and CSP recommendations for lifelong learning. Full day workshops, which will have a specific focus on one aspect of employability, will build upon previous learning in the degree. A number of physiotherapeutic interventions will be taught, to act as a learning vehicle for the Learning Outcome’s for this module. In addition, external clinicians will directly contribute to the teaching and learning, with the view of preparing students for working life.

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 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 via the e-learning portal (eLP).

A central feature to 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. To engage with reflection in order to identify learning / professional needs once qualified

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
1. To discuss the process of learning skills within the context of lifelong learning and employability
2. Integration of evidence to support patient management decisions
3. Development of an eportfolio to represent self as ready for working life as a physiotherapist

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
1. Impact of contextual factors on the role of the new graduate physiotherapist in managing practice.

How will I be assessed?

Module formative assessment opportunities are provided approximately 10 weeks prior to the summative examination, and involves peer, clinician and academic review and feedback of a 20 minute poster presentation. This will be in verbal form.

The module summative assessment is a 20-minute presentation followed by 10-minute viva. The student will be expected to use their e-portfolio as a template on which to base their presentation upon. Each factor should be discussed in depth, with cross referencing of all factors to demonstrate how they interact with each other. The context is to demonstrate the skills and attributes that are required to be a graduate physiotherapist. Written feedback will be provided after all exams have been completed

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Module abstract

As you embark upon the final chapter of your undergraduate education, it is essential that you are ready for working life as a graduate physiotherapist. In order to be competent and effective, as well as competitive in the jobs market, this module provides various learning opportunities to ensure you are in the best possible position to apply and interview for graduate posts. The primary focus is upon MSK and cardio-resp physiotherapy, though the learning should be applied to all areas of physiotherapy. Keeping this in mind, the teaching approach taken will reflect post graduate CPD, to attempt to bridge the gap from BSc undergraduate to qualified professional. To aid your learning, you will develop an e-portfolio that will not only inform your examination, but also be integral to interview preparation and career long CPD. It is expected that you populate the e-portfolio with learning you have achieved throughout your three years of study.

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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