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PSIO2030 Integrated Clinical Management

Module Overview

This module integrates the four core areas of physiotherapy studied within clinical management.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of the integrated clinical management module is to apply the principles learnt from clinical management to more complex multi pathological cases and refine and adapt clinical skills to suit the specific client. Students will reflect on previous clinical experience and explore their role further within the multi-professional team and develop greater awareness of the psychosocial, cultural and ethical context as it relates to patients/clients and their management. In partnership with this students will develop their ability to critique literature, synthesise and evaluate the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions. They will develop a broad evidence-based integrated approach to physiotherapy management of complex clinical scenarios.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Modify assessment, management, planning and evaluation to suit more difficult clinical problems.
  • Demonstrate the application and modification of clinical management skills appropriate to more difficult clinical problems and is able to defend the role/management technique of the physiotherapist
  • Compare and contrast trustworthy rigorous data collection techniques; evaluation and synthesis and apply to the management of the patient to give the most favourable clinical outcome
  • Illustrate the importance of patient involvement in treatment plans and propose how their psychosocial, and cultural factors may influence the treatment strategy.
  • Identifies and integrates any ethical considerations relevant to treatment strategies


• The application of a bio psychosocial model to more complex neuro musculoskeletal, neurological and respiratory case studies • The selection and application of a range of physiotherapeutic treatment and rehabilitation modalities/strategies based on best evidence. • Modification of assessment and management procedures and adaptation to more difficult cases • Reflecting on prior learning – taking increased responsibility to initiate relevant strategies to achieve appropriate learning • Justification of selection and modification of practice in light of patient/client choice and the psychosocial, cultural and ethical context • Integrated study of biological, physical, behavioural and clinical sciences that is applied in a critical, reflective manner to patient centred care

Special Features

This module is a link between the year 2 Clinical management modules and the year 3 Complex clinical management modules. It is also a base for bringing together the reflection of patients when on placement with theory and this will contribute to both the formative and summative assessment. To facilitate the reflective practice and the transition towards being an independent practitioner responsible for their own learning, mentors and /or peers from year 3 will be used that can facilitate the discussion of case studies and wherever possible experts in the field from a multi professional background will also be used.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This module will follow an embedded learning approach that uses a mixture of case studies, lectures, demonstrations, practical skills and video resources to facilitate learning. There will be an emphasis on directed learning using a range of resources such as: group discussion forums and presentations. It will require significant student collaboration and independent study.

Completion of assessment task20
Wider reading or practice68
Follow-up work15
Preparation for scheduled sessions15
Total study time188

Resources & Reading list

E learning The module is supported by an e learning software platform - Blackboard 6..

Additional Reading A wide range of articles to support this module can be found in relevant journals. These will be identified by the module team in association with the different areas of practice i.e. neuro-musculoskeletal, neurological and cardio-resp. 

Pryor, J.A. and Prasad, S.A. (2002). Physiotherapy for Respiratory and Cardiac Problems. 

Anatomy TV: Interactive anatomy [online subscription resource.

Stokes, M. (1998). Neurological Physiotherapy.. 

Petty, N. Moore, A. (2013). Neuromusculoskeletal Examination and Assessment. A Handbook for Therapists. 

Hough, A. (2001). Physiotherapy in Respiratory Care: An evidence based approach to respiratory and cardiac management. 

Edwards, S. (2002). Neurological Physiotherapy: A problem solving approach. 

Phillips, D. (1998). Neuromusculoskeletal Handbook. 

Low, J. and Reed, A. (1999). Electrotherapy Explained. 



Contributions to debate and discussion


MethodPercentage contribution
Case study  (2000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Case study 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External

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