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PODY3018 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

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 speciality 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

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.

Independent Study135.5
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Hicks C. Research Methods for Clinical Therapists. 

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

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

Kumar and Clark (2016). Clinical Medicine. 

Stuart Ralston Ian Penman Mark Strachan Richard Hobson (2018). Davidson's Principles and Practice of Medicine. 


Assessment Strategy

Students will be required to write a critique of the evidence available related to the podiatric clinical management of a self selected systemic disorder (3000 words).


Written plan


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External


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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