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PODY1024 Clinical Practice 1

Module Overview

The Clinical Practice 1 module provides the preclinical and preparatory academic component integrated with the clinical placement experience at level 4 of the podiatry programme. The module provides students with the opportunity to develop and apply their knowledge and skills in a supervised clinical environment, commensurate with level 4 clinical requirements.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Use a problem-solving approach to identify the findings gathered from patient history taking and assessment to formulate a diagnosis and implement a negotiated podiatric treatment plan
  • Adhere to underlying health and safety, risk assessment and clinical emergency protocols within the clinical setting
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Implement health education and promotion in podiatry practice
  • Develop a range of basic operative and psychomotor skills utilising appropriate clinical tools, medicaments, materials and therapies
  • As part of an informed and collaborative process, record patient information in line with professional statutory and medico-legal requirements
  • Exercise a duty of care to patients/clients/carers in the context of independent single handed practice within the NHS, private practice and the industrial setting
  • Communicate effectively with patients, clinical educators and other members of the multidisciplinary health care team
  • Understand the roles of other health care professionals and how they can support patient progress.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate time management skills including the ability to prioritise competing demands
  • Demonstrate reflective practice in relation to clinical and professional development


- Recording patient histories, conducting assessments, formulating diagnoses and implementing / evaluating management plans. - Conducting basic operative skills utilising appropriate clinical tools, medicaments, materials and therapies. - Health and safety policies, the process of risk assessment and clinical emergency protocols. - Interdisciplinary approaches to patient care and care planning. - Patient interactions, health promotion and time management. - Professional development, communication skills and reflective practice.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Clinical practice is supported by clinical tutorials, clinical action sets and case conferences before and after placements. Further support is provided through discussion of placement experiences and specific case scenarios via the Blackboard discussion forum. Learning is also driven through the production of a clinical development record (CDR) that aims to strategically link theory with practice. Students will have the opportunity of presenting the CDR informally for discussion at the end of the placement block within their peer group.

Clinical Practice167.5
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Yates B (2012). Merriman's Assessment of the Lower Limb. 

Turner W and Merriman, L.M (2005). Clinical Skills In Treating the Foot. 



Written plan


MethodPercentage contribution
Assessments of Clinical Competence  () 50%
Clinical Portfolio  (6000 words) 50%


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:


There are no additional costs associated with this module

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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