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PODY3011 Clinical Practice 3

Module Overview

The Clinical Practice 3 module provides the framework for the full integration of the academic components of the programme with the advancing skills and knowledge of the level 6 students during the final clinical practice component. This module provides a transitional role by fully preparing students for independent clinical practice on its completion.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Evaluate of the effect of systemic disease on the foot.
  • Critically appraise assessment and diagnostic techniques for circulatory, neurological, musculoskeletal and dermatological disorders
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Develop a comprehensive and enhanced strategy for assessment and diagnosis of circulatory, neurological, musculoskeletal and dermatological disorders
  • Identify the ‘at risk’ foot and to be able to justify and implement appropriate management strategies including referral to other agencies and interdisciplinary teams.
  • Critically analyse patient outcomes through enhanced evaluation and to be able to justify modifications to care / management plans.
  • Demonstrate how communication with patients and other members of an interdisciplinary team have been effective.
  • Determine the inter-relationship of clinical governance and continued professional development and the application of these in clinical practice to improve patient care.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate academic, clinical and professional performance.
  • Demonstrate clinical reasoning and reflective practice


Students will study/investigate: • The effects of systemic disease on the foot and the ‘at risk’ foot. • Advanced techniques for assessing nervous, vascular, musculoskeletal and integumentary systems. • Methods of enhanced evaluation of practice. • Clinical reasoning and reflective practice. • Mechanisms of implementing clinical governance and evidence based practice. • Methods of enhancing interdisciplinary care planning for patients.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Work based learning on placements in hospital, community, and private podiatry clinics enabled through collaboration and partnerships with local NHS podiatry service providers and local private practitioners. Learning will be supported by clinical supervisors/educators whilst on placement; the unit co-ordinator for clinical practice whilst on placement and throughout the academic year, and by the clinical fieldwork office administrative team within the Faculty of Health Sciences. Clinical placement learning is further supported by clinical tutorials before and after placements and case conference tutorials. Learning is also driven through the production of a clinical development record that provides evidence of clinical learning as a part of the assessment for the module.

External visits5
Total study time395

Resources & Reading list

Hicks C (2009). Research Methods for Clinical Therapists. 

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

Facilities: Lecture rooms-5 sessions Travel costs for locality visiting. 

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. 

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

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

Helliwell et al (2007). The Foot and Ankle in Rheumatoid Arthritis. 

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

Greenhalgh T (2014). How to Read a Paper: The Basics of Evidence Based Medicine. 

Additional useful links.

Anatomy TV: Interactive anatomy.

Staffing: Contact time 45 hours: Senior Lecturer level as 8 staff needed for locality visiting together with module lead and placement lead hosting placement briefings and CP3 preparation. 

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

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

Facilities: Lecture rooms-5 sessions Travel costs for locality visiting. 

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

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

Expected Student Numbers: 35. 

Additional useful links.

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

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

Mathesion I & Upton D (2008). A Podiatrists Guide to Using Research. 


Assessment Strategy

Clinical Development Record (50%), Placement Assessment (50%) of total module mark with 40% being the pass mark. All components must be passed for successful completion of this module. Explanation of how the outcomes and assessment contribute to the outcomes of the programme: All of the programmes learning outcomes are reflected in the clinical units to greater or lesser extent. 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 is used to ensure that the student achieves an appropriate level of assessment, diagnostic and management skills on completion of the programme.


Clinical Formative Assessment


MethodPercentage contribution
Clinical Development Record (CDR) 50%
End of Placement Evaluation 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:

Travel Costs for placements

Travel and accommodation costs in relation to placement may be reimbursed subject to bursary regulations.

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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