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PODY1017 Principles of Podiatry Practice

Module Overview

The Principles of Podiatric Practice module provides students with the preclinical preparation for clinical placement. The blending of academic and practical teaching and learning activities within a safe environment, allows for a thorough grounding in preclinical knowledge and skills. Principles of Podiatric Practice builds on the Foundations of Health Science and Foundations of Podiatry Practice modules in weeks 1-12, by applying the tenets of safe practice and anatomical and physiological knowledge to simulated clinical practice.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• Demonstrate the knowledge and skills that will prepare you to work safely in a clinical environment. • Recognise and apply communication and interpersonal skills with colleagues. • Develop skills in the process of primary patient assessment and diagnosis (including vascular, neurological, musculoskeletal and dermatological aspects). • Apply relevant knowledge and skills necessary for health promotion and health education.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Demonstrate awareness of the underlying principles of health and safety at work for yourselves and patients
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identify potential sources of cross infection in practice and methods for its control
  • Rehearse skills in knowledge acquisition and recording through patient assessment
  • Select, demonstrate and utilise appropriate assessment techniques including effective communication with patients
  • Development of clinical reasoning skills in assessment and the diagnostic process
  • Describe and demonstrate the principles of effective communication with peers, colleagues and patients
  • Identify the main strategies employed in health promotion demonstrating person-centred communication skills.
  • Demonstrate values and ethics of the health professions
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Recognise the skills needed for academic study and enquiry
  • Review individual academic and professional performance


• Principles of antisepsis, asepsis, cross-infection and risk assessment in the clinical environment. • Instrumentation including cleansing and sterilisation techniques. • Patient documentation including assessment proforma, referral letters, patient record cards and appropriate terminology. • Process of systematic assessment and use of appropriate equipment. • Health and safety, including manual handling, risk assessment, fire training and clinical emergencies. • Surface anatomy, Joint motion and anatomical terminology. • Uncomplicated foot pathologies e.g. hyperkeratosis, nail pathologies, soft-tissue and bony disorders. • Patient management and care planning. • Evidence based assessment techniques. • Communication strategies. • Clinical reasoning and reflective practice. • Health education and health promotion.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Sessions will be held to introduce the student to clinical procedure and cover aspects of the assessment technique. Methods of teaching and learning will include keynote lectures, clinical skills laboratories, clinical seminars, case presentations, student and tutor led tutorials, directed reading, audio-visual resources and practical demonstrations.

Follow-up work30
Completion of assessment task25
Preparation for scheduled sessions30
Practical classes and workshops150
Wider reading or practice30
Total study time375

Resources & Reading list

Facilities: Skills lab -40 sessions Lecture rooms- 20 sessions. 

Frowen P. (2010). Neales Disorders of the Foot. 

Yates B. (2012). Merriman’s assessment of the lower limb. 

British Medical Journal.

Turner W and Merriman, L.M. (2005). Clinical skills in treating the foot. 

Equipment: Fully equipped skills lab, simulation models for preclinical work. Fully equipped lecture facilities. Anatomy TV or equivalent. 

Staffing: Contact time 520 hours: Senior Lecturer as 3 staff needed for each practical session 14 hours: Visiting Lecturers. 8 different staff members teach into this module.. 

Journal of Foot and Ankle Research. 

Podiatry Now.

Anatomy TV: Interactive anatomy.


Expected Student Numbers: 35. 



Clinical Log


MethodPercentage contribution
Practical examination 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

All suggested journal resources are available through the library. Anatomy TV is accessible free of charge to students via the link provided. There are no additional costs for students

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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