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HLTH6160 Amputation Rehabilitation and Prosthetic Use

Module Overview

This module is designed to provide students from a range of multidisciplinary backgrounds, such as Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Prosthetists and Engineers with the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of rehabilitation following an amputation and prosthetics use. The module has currently been developed as a standalone/option module within the MSc Health Sciences programme, but will be drawn together with a second module to provide a specific MSc in Amputee Rehabilitation pathway. This module is likely to attract professionals who are currently working in the field amputee rehabilitation or prosthetic use or those who would like to move into a career in this area. The module will therefore undertake a flexible route for working professionals and will be taught in two weekly blocking involving weekend work. The module is currently endorsed by the British Association of Chartered Physiotherapist in Amputee Rehabilitation (BACPAR). The module takes an innovative approach and be linked to a wide range of prosthetic industrial partners through the inclusion of a student conference and industry day.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the rehabilitation journey following an amputation through the consideration of key factors from a physical and psychosocial perspective
  • Contrast and critically evaluate a wide range of current literature underpinning the evidence base in rehabilitation following an amputation and prosthetic use
  • Contrast and apply current literature underpinning the evidence base to their current or future clinical/professional practice within the field of post amputation and prosthetic rehabilitation
  • Develop clinical/professional skills relating to their professional role within the delivery of post amputation and prosthetic rehabilitation and reflect on continued professional development opportunities relating to their current or future professional role
  • Develop communication skills and critical evaluate psychosocial relationships within the delivery of post amputation and prosthetic rehabilitation
  • Compare, appraise and consider the role of the multidisciplinary team in post amputation and prosthetic rehabilitation through shared learning within a multidisciplinary environment



Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module embraces a reflective and deep learning approach where you will be encouraged to engage in a wide range of activities that encourage meaningful discussion, debate and application to the post amputation rehabilitation process. The module is also constructed in a way that enables you to learn from their peers and gain a wide variety of rich multidisciplinary perspectives and views. This peer directed learning approach will work well in this module due to the multidisciplinary nature of the field and the possible mix of UK and International students and therefore providing opportunities to learn and connect with different cultures and clinical/professional settings. There is a variety of different teaching and learning methods utilised within this module. However, most of the sessions will involve a key lecture that is followed by class discussion and group work.

Completion of assessment task170
Practical classes and workshops5
Follow-up work60
Wider reading or practice60
Preparation for scheduled sessions60
Total study time400

Resources & Reading list

British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine (2003). Amputee and Prosthetic Rehabilitation: Standards and Guidelines. 

Edmonds M and Foster A (1999). Physiotherapy for Amputees: The Roehampton Approach.. 

Ott K, Serlin D H and Mihm S (2002). Artificial Parts, Practical Lives: Modern Histories of Prosthetics. 

Broomhead P et al (2003). Evidence based Clinical Guidelines for the Physiotherapy Management of Adults with Lower Limp Prostheses. 

Gallagher, P, Desmond, D, and Maclachlan M (Eds) (2008). Psychoprosthetics. 

Murphy D (2013). Fundamentals of amputation care and Prosthetics. 

Sternburg J (2002). Phantom Limb. 

Edmonds M and Foster A (2014). Managing the Diabetic foot. 

Smith D G, Michael J W, and Bowker J H (2004). Atlas of Amputation and Limb Deficiencies: Surgical, Prosthetic and Rehabilitation Principles. 

For resources which are required or considered useful for the module: key texts, text books, data books, software, web sites, other sources of related information.. 

Crawford C (2014). Phantom Limb: Amputation, Embodiment, and Prosthetic Technology. 

Murray C (2009). Amputation, Prosthetic Use and Phantom Limb Pain: An Interdisciplinary Perspective. 


Assessment Strategy

Formative Assessment: The formative assignment is not marked and does not contribute to your overall module mark. The goal of the formative assignment is to provide you with feedback and help you identify strengths and weaknesses in your work. The formative is assignment has been designed to contain elements that are important for the summative (marked assessment) to help you improve your learning. Summative Assessment: The summative assessment is marked and is part of the final module mark and will comprise of two components. Both elements of the assignment need to be passed at 50%.


Poster Presentation


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay 60%
Reflective account 40%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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