PT0611 - Physiotherapy practice 3

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What will I learn on this module?

Building on Physiotherapy Practice 1 and 2 you will extend your knowledge and skills relating to the provision of safe and effective physiotherapy to consider your role in improving services and patient care. You will consider your own leadership skills and critically discuss leadership at all levels across the health service. Leadership occurs at all levels; leading yourself, leading patients and ultimately leading services. Leadership can mean taking responsibility for your own practice and ensuring that practice is the very best it can be, it is about proactively working to improve the experience of your patients and their family or carers. There is a link between good leadership and high quality care and this module allows you to develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to participate in service improvement.

The module will include exploration and evaluation of contemporary theories and evidence based tools which impact on effective improvement for safer care. You will draw on your own placement experience and identify the impact you can make in service improvement as a newly qualified physiotherapist. As part of this process you will be expected to collaborate with health professionals outside of physiotherapy, both students and qualified staff, to consider the relevance of collaboration to service improvement.

How will I learn on this module?

Your learning in this module will take place between university based teaching sessions and in two periods of practice within a clinical setting. Theories of service improvement will be introduced in lectures and critical discussion of your leadership skills and how this relates to wider professional practice will take place in seminars. You will have tutorial support from a module tutor before, during and after your placement to develop your presentation. During placement you will work with 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 practical sessions 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 of 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. Critically discuss theories of service improvement in the context of contemporary physiotherapy practice

2. Critically examine the evidence for the skills needed to influence improved patient care

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
1. Critically appraise your leadership skills

2. Identify and evaluate an appropriate service improvement project within a physiotherapy setting

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
1. Demonstrate a motivation to contribute to high quality, safe and effective physiotherapy.

How will I be assessed?

Formative development of your assessment will take place in pre, mid and post placement discussions with a module tutor, you will be expected to use evidence from your portfolio of learning to discuss your understanding of leadership and how this relates to the practice context you have observed. The tutor will provide verbal feedback to inform the summative assessment.

Summative assessment will be in two parts.

Firstly through a written report on the application of leadership skills in a given healthcare context.

Secondly you will complete 2 periods of clinical placement.

Individual written feedback will be provided on your report as well as generic group feedback on general strengths and weaknesses being made available on the eLP. 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.

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Module abstract

Leadership skills have been highlighted in several reports as being central to the provision of high quality patient care. This module provides an opportunity to reflect on your own leadership skills and how this can contribute to service improvement. This is a very relevant issue in contemporary healthcare and demonstrating understanding and experience of service improvement and leadership will enhance your employability. The module assessment is designed to allow creativity in how you present your analysis of the role of leadership within 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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