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PODY2030 Chronic Conditions

Module Overview

The chronic conditions module provides students with a comprehensive overview of the patho- physiological framework underpinning key chronic conditions. The module builds on the knowledge and skills acquired at level 4, particularly in relation to anatomy and physiology. Students will develop skills in pathological recognition at cellular, tissue and organ level in relation to clinical signs and symptoms of specific chronic conditions. The module content aligns with the pharmacology module at level 5 allowing knowledge and skills to be integrated and providing a coherent and contemporary approach to whole system disease characteristics.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• Develop an understanding of pathophysiological processes relating to key chronic conditions • Identify the roles of a multi-disciplinary team for successful long term co-ordinated health care Develop an appreciation of aspects of medical microbiology of relevance to podiatry • Apply relevant knowledge and understanding to the clinical setting

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Identify altered aspects of microbiology and immunology in conditions affecting the lower limb
  • Relate systemic disease presentation to the local manifestations occurring in the lower limb
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Construct effective communication drawn from an appreciation of evidence based practice
  • Access, synthesise and interpret information from a range of robust, rigorous & valid sources to inform clinical practice and to evaluate the impact on patient outcomes
  • Apply the skills and reflective practices needed for academic study and enquiry
  • Utilise problem solving skills based upon a triage strategy for time and risk management
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Develop, refresh and maintain clinical skills in accordance with best practice, reflecting a multi-disciplinary & patient centred approach
  • Utilise clinical examples in the explanation and application of information


Students will study: • Pathophysiology related to vascular, neurological, dermatological and musculoskeletal systems manifesting within the lower limb and foot • Principles of pathology and immunology • Infection and disease: sources and transmission • Characteristics and examples of relevant infectious agents: viruses, bacteria and fungi • The action and uses of drugs of relevance to podiatry such as: • antimicrobials, antifungal agents, drugs used for disorders of the CVS, CNS, respiratory system, and endocrine system, drugs used for the treatment of musculoskeletal and joint disease and nutritional and blood disorders • Clinically grounded critical appraisal skills to allow the demonstration of an understanding, application and extrapolation of valid and rigorous information collection techniques.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The learning opportunities within this module are set to align with those of the Local Anaesthesia/Administration & Supply and Foot & Ankle MSK modules, thus facilitating maximum consistency throughout the programme. Consequently, there will be opportunity to discuss key facts and real podiatric case studies relative to the outlined content, thereby fostering a deep learning approach appropriate to level 5. The learning and teaching opportunities within this module will be a case based led one, with relevant hypothetical cases previously prepared by the module staff team and presented for in depth analysis and discussion. In addition, students may also be asked to prepare relevant cases from their own clinical caseloads for discussion during these main lecture sessions. The structure will allow the authentic case to form the central resource enhanced with a blend of keynote research based lectures, practical workshops, small group work and formative peer assessment. Students will be encouraged to use recommended independent learning material, both printed and electronic. Use is made of a range of e-communication learning resources, i.e. pod casts and discussion forums. Weekly seminars will serve to discuss the feedback presented by students from the reading and researching around the case based tasks. All students will receive access to assessment criteria from the commencement of the module to assist in the alignment of the learning experiences, learning outcomes and assessment process.

Wider reading or practice16
Practical classes and workshops3
Follow-up work16
Completion of assessment task87.5
Preparation for scheduled sessions16
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Edmonds, M., Foster A.V.M., (2005). Managing the Diabetic Foot. 

Tomson, C., Gibson, J.n. (2002). 50 Foot Challenges: Assessment and Management. Pub. 

Anatomy TV: Interactive anatomy.

Helliwell, P., Woodburn, J., Redmond, A., Turner, D.E., Davys, H. (2006). The Foot and Ankle in Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Comprehensive Guide. 

Mandy, A., Lucus K., McInnes, J (2009). Podiatry: A Psychosocial Approach. Pub. 

Kumar P, Clark M., (2012). Clinical Medicine. 

Equipment: Fully equipped lecture facilities Anatomy TV or equivalent. Fully equipped skills lab.. 

Lakhani S.R, Dilly S.A, Finlayson C.J, Dogan A. (2003). Basic Pathology: an introduction to the mechanism of disease. 

A wide range of books, articles and online learning resources are available to support the content of this module. Suggestions will be made session by session but students will be expected to select additional reading appropriate to their needs.. 

Engelkirk P.G and Duben-Engelkirk, J (2014). Burton’s Microbiology for health sciences. 

Walker B.R, Colledge R.N, Ralston S.H, Penman I (2014). Davidson's Principles and Practice of Medicine. 

Wilson, J (2005). Clinical Microbiology: An introduction for healthcare professionals. 

Expected Student numbers: 35. 

Dauber R, Bristow I, Turner W (2002). Text Atlas of Podiatric Dermatology. 

Additional useful resources.

Staffing: Contact time 46 hours: Senior Lecturer 6 hours: Visiting lecturers. 7 different staff members teach into this module.. 

Additional useful resources.

Porth, C (2008). Pathophysiology: Concepts of Altered Health States. 

Facilities: Lecture rooms-14 sessions Skills lab -2 sessions. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Poster and leaflet production and presentation 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Poster and leaflet production and presentation 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External

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