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PSIO3035 Complex Clinical Management

Module Overview

This module delves into the literature and more clinical detail to build on both the clinical management and integrated clinical management modules.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims


Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • To develop an evidence-based approach to the physiotherapy management of more complex clinical problems
  • Critical understanding of the foundation and clinical sciences that relate to human functioning through the application to complex clinical problems
  • formulating a hypothesis, sound clinical reasoning and evaluation where the evidence is lacking
  • integrating previous learning into present and future learning environments
  • critical appraisal of the evidence in relation to the physiotherapy management of a complex clinical problem
  • interpretive reflection on learning and its impact on changing and developing professional practice


Advanced, applied, clinical, critical thinking. Three subject areas – respiratory care, neurological rehabilitation, and musculoskeletal care. Teaching is via complex cases. Students use the case to discuss and reflect on previous teachings and to prepare evidence-based treatment plans. Each of the three subject areas have 5, 3 - 4hr teaching sessions. Assessment is by viva: 10 min presentation followed by a 15 min viva.

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

Description - lecture 1 Introduction - 5 sessions for each speciality (NMS, Cardiorespiratory, Neurology) - cardiorespiratory is lecture based - NMS / Neurology have mixture of lectures and practical workshops Format of each session - introductory lecture - critique of paper (student led). - case study discussion - may or may not include practical workshops The emphasis is on self-directed study

Wider reading or practice38
Follow-up work10
Preparation for scheduled sessions20
Practical classes and workshops10
Completion of assessment task20
Total study time188

Resources & Reading list

There are no key texts. Students have subject-specific text books form their previous year. Appropriate, relevant references are given per session: latest article via PubMed etc. Students are encouraged to present recent publications within each session.. 



Contributions to debate and discussion


MethodPercentage contribution
Viva 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Viva 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External

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