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PSIO1034 Practice Placement 1 Physio

Module Overview

This module provides an opportunity to experience current practice in physiotherapy. It will take place in a variety of locations across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Principle providers of placement will be in community, secondary or primary care settings. You will be attached to an experienced therapist who will act as placement educator for the entire period of study. You and the placement educator will be allocated a Locality Visitor (a member of the academic staff in the School's Physio team) who will provide a link to the academic programme and will visit you at least once during the placement. You are supernumerary to the staff on the unit in which you are placed. This particular module of study builds on the 1-week observation placement in Semester 1. It has a focus on observing professional practice and undertaking simple assessment, treatment and information gathering activity. You may take part in intervention activity under close supervision but will not be expected to carry your own case load. The experience of working closely with patients of all ages, cultural backgrounds and across clinical specialities is an essential ingredient to the learning and assessment of competency in Physiotherapy programmes. This placement links to work carried out in other level 4 modules where the assessment and treatment of specific conditions is investigated at a basic foundation level. You need to be aware of patient lived experiences derived from research and evaluation of practice. This will improve your knowledge base and also underpin any self-development activities linked to practice placement. This combination of theoretical evidence and practice-based work will ensure that the needs of patients are handled in a proactive and positive manner in all your scholarly and practical activities. Inter-Professional Learning The partnership between the academic and practice arena is an essential ingredient in the development, delivery and evaluation of the Physiotherapy programmes. During other level 4 modules you will have opportunities to work alongside and learn together in mixed groups of healthcare students and this will be replicated in all practice placement experiences where different professions frequently work together within clinical teams.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • recognise and adhere to the principles of safe treatment and practice utilising appropriate risk assessment procedures where necessary
  • reflect on how a practical skill has been developed in practice
  • apply appropriate communication styles when working as a therapist, an educator and a professional
  • examine and assess patients/clients and plan treatment programmes with regard to individual patient/client need with guidance from practice educators
  • choose and apply appropriate interventions with consideration for individual patient/client needs, privacy and confidentiality
  • identify the effects of intervention and discuss possible modifications to treatment/management
  • maintain accurate records appropriate to the needs of the patient and the team
  • show organisational skills with regard to personal workload and patient/client need
  • produce a case study from practice that uses theoretical and practical skills learnt throughout the academic year
  • develop personal learning objectives appropriate for practice placement and future theoretical study


Practice placement in health and/or social settings includes the study of: - People and their narratives/experiences - Occupations and activities important in maintaining health and well-being - Informing sciences that impact on service user’s lives including bio-psycho-social and patho-physiological sciences The integration of knowledge, skills and attitudes specific to the specialty area of the placement and reflecting the five sections of practice: safe/professional conduct, professionalism, interpersonal, therapeutic and management skills as defined in the pre-set practice placement assessment criteria. Introduction to the Continuous Professional Development process: including developing learning outcomes/objectives, reflecting on a learning experience and producing a practice case study/piece of work.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Your learning will be facilitated by a placement educator(s) who will use a variety of learning and facilitation methods, including: - demonstration by a recognised placement educator in the placement facility - supervised service user contact using mentorship - staff and learner led presentations - case study/presentations - ward rounds/case conferences - attendance at clinics and opportunities to observe specialist treatments such as surgical interventions - departmental in-service programmes - peer support in the university and practice-based setting - support from placement educators and visiting academics (locality contacts) - eLearning resources: blackboard site - learning resources in practice area - practice Placement handbook

Total study time240

Resources & Reading list

Higgs J & Jones M (2008). Clinical Reasoning in the Health professions. 

Broad M.A, Quint.M, Thomas.S., Twose. P (2012). Cardiorespiratory Assessment of the Adult patient A clinicians guide. 

Hough (2017). Cardiorespiratory Care: an evidence-based, problem-solving approach. 

Sheila Lennon, Geert Verheyden, Gita Ramdharry (2018). Neurological Physiotherapy Pocketbook. 

Hengeveld and Banks (2013). Maitland's Peripheral Manipulation: management of neuromusculoskeletal disorders - Volume 2. 

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (2009). Code of Professional Conduct. 

Hengeveld and Banks (2013). Maitland's Vertebral Manipulation: management of neuromusculoskeletal disorders - Volume 1. 





MethodPercentage contribution
Evaluation 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Evaluation 100%


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:

Accommodation and Travel

There are potential travel and accommodation costs associated with this module which may be claimed back in some cases.

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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