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PODY3010 Complex Clinical Management

Module Overview

The Complex Clinical Management module provides final year students the opportunity to development their skills and knowledge of systemic medical and surgical conditions and the relationship with the lower limb. By integrating previous learning at level 4 and 5, students will explore complex cases and develop assessment, diagnostic and management strategies. Formulation of treatment planning and application will be grounded in contemporary critical analysis of the literature and applied as part of evidence based approach with measurable outcome criteria.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• Develop an understanding of the relationship between foot and ankle conditions and medical disorders and their management • Utilise prior knowledge and skills from other modules to underpin appropriate assessment, diagnosis and management of patients with systemic disease • Integrate research skills and critical analysis in to complex case management

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Distinguish between the common systemic diseases and their manifestations in the lower limb
  • Explain the processes involved in the assessment of patients that require surgical intervention
  • Examine the impact of medical and surgical management of pathologies manifesting in the lower limb
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critique the contemporary evidence for podiatric interventions
  • Appraise information gained from other modules to inform their clinical reasoning in the assessment, diagnosis and management of patients with systemic disease
  • Critically appraise the principles involved in both medical and surgical approaches to patient management (foot and ankle)
  • Design appropriate care pathways that place the patient at the centre of health care planning
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Integrate information from written and electronic sources
  • Critically appraise health and social care evidence
  • Assimilate evidence from a variety of sources related to health and social care research and present in an appropriate format


The topics embraced by this module include the following specialty areas:  Diabetology  Wound management  Dermatology  Peripheral Vascular Disease  Rheumatology  Neurology  Paediatrics  Podiatric Surgery  Laboratory Investigations  Critical Appraisal of Literature  Integrating research skills into complex case management  Autism package

Special Features

World renowned key note speakers provide contemporary research-led teaching and learning opportunities for the level 6 students. By the emphasis of specialist knowledge and application to clinical practice, student can begin to consider the pathways of development beyond qualification. As part of the module, a visit to Langer Orthotics laboratory is arranged. This allows a hands on approach to prescribing of orthotics and the manufacturing process and provides an essential ink with the level 5 Foot and Ankle Module The newly developed Faculty autism package is included as part of the module content.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The subject of applied podiatry and general medicine is vast therefore regular keynote lectures will serve to underpin and guide students’ learning. During the keynote sessions directed tasks, for example, complex case studies will be presented for students to reflect on during their independent study time. Student centred seminars/case conferencing sessions will provide the opportunity of discussing key issues from the directed case studies with the module leader

Preparation for scheduled sessions16
Practical classes and workshops3
Follow-up work16
Wider reading or practice16
Completion of assessment task88
Total study time188

Resources & Reading list

Additional useful links.

MATHIESON I & UPTON D (2008). A Podiatrists Guide to Using Research. 

Higgins C (2013). Understanding Laboratory Investigations for Nurses and Health Professionals. 

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.. 

Williams A.& Nester C. (2010). Pocket Podiatry: Footwear and Foot Orthoses. 

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

HELLIWELL, P, WOODBURN J, REDMOND A, TURNER D, & DAVYS (2007). The Foot and Ankle in Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Comprehensive Guide. 

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

Thomson P & Volpe R (2001). Introduction to Podopediatrics. 

Greenhalgh T (2010). How to read a paper: The basics of evidence based medicine. 

Foster A (2006). Podiatric Assessment and Management of the Diabetic Foot. 

Facilities: Lecture rooms-10 sessions Seminar rooms 2 sessions Skills lab -1 session Coach hire for trip to Langer orthotic labs. 

Hicks, C (2009). Research Methods for Clinical Therapists: Applied project design and analysis. 

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

Anatomy TV: Interactive anatomy.

McGlamry E et al (2012). McGlamry's Comprehensive Textbook of Foot and Ankle Surgery. 

Additional useful links.

Expected Student numbers: 35. 

Longmore M et al (2007). Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine. 

Staffing: Contact time 52 hours: Senior Lecturer 6 hours: Visiting Lecturers. 9 different staff members teach into this module.. 

MENZ H (2008). Foot Problems in Older People: Assessment and Management. 

Ousey K & McIntosh C (2007). Lower Extremity Wounds: A Problem Based Approach. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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