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PODY2032 Clinical Practice 2

Module Overview

The Clinical Practice 2 module further develops the knowledge and skills attained during the Clinical Practice 1module. The module provides a seamless alignment between the academic components of level 5 and the developing skills and knowledge attained on clinical placement.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Demonstrate clinical reasoning skills in neurological, vascular, musculoskeletal and dermatological assessment and diagnosis applicable to patients seen on placement where appropriate
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Practice safe and appropriate use of local analgesia
  • Perform operative and psychomotor skills using a high degree of manual dexterity (e.g. scalpel reduction of skin and nail lesions)
  • Requisition, where appropriate, specialist clinical or laboratory tests such as x-ray, microscopy and culture in order to accurately diagnose lower limb health status
  • Formulate suitable management strategies/care plans in conjunction with the patient, to include prescription and non-prescription medicines, orthoses prescription and selection, other physical and mechanical therapies
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills with patients, health care professionals and other team members
  • Develop an effective interdisciplinary approach to patient care
  • 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
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 and problem solving skills applied to clinical situations


• Clinical reasoning, reflection and problem solving as methods used in assessment and diagnostic practices. • Appropriate techniques for assessing neurological, vascular, musculoskeletal and dermatological systems. • Theory and practice of local analgesia use. • Management techniques for common foot pathologies e.g. orthoses prescription, prescription and non-prescription medicines, physical therapies. • Interdisciplinary approaches to patient care and care planning. • Reflection and critical incident analysis as a method for evaluating 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 with their peer group.

Clinical Practice360
Total study time375

Resources & Reading list

Ben Yates (2010). Merriman's assessment of the lower limb. 

Epstein et al (2008). Clinical Examination. 

British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain. Briitish National Formulary. 


Assessment Strategy

All of the programmes learning outcomes are reflected in the clinical modules. This is to be expected in a vocational programme designed to produce a practitioner that is able to apply their theoretical learning to practice, and in a programme that has many requirements and benchmarks assigned to the clinical practice of podiatry. The continued development of the student as a clinician and podiatrist is monitored and assessed through the clinical development record which is seen to be an appropriate reflection of the array of reasoning and problem solving skills, attitudes and breadth of clinical experiences throughout the programme. Competency assessment both summatively and formatively are used to ensure that the student achieves an appropriate level of technical, psychomotor, assessment, diagnostic and management skills on completion of the programme.


Written plan


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