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PSIO3044 Practice Placement 4 Physio

Module Overview

This module provides an opportunity to experience current practice 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 Contact (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 placement has a focus on you making an active contribution to the assessment and treatment of service users in a specific area of practice. You will take an active part under close supervision of the placement educator who will support you to take responsibility for and work independently with a selected 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 6 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 narratives, 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 (IPL) 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 6 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. The aim of Inter-professional learning is to build upon and apply strategies previously developed and to contribute to effective team working and problem solving activities arising in a modern health and social care setting. Learning Activities 1. Arrange opportunities to work with other health and social care professionals 2. Seek out opportunities to learn from other health and social care students whilst on placement 3. Observe and engage with a multi-disciplinary team working in practice focused on patient care 4. Arrange opportunities to work with non-clinical members of the organisation e.g. Patient Safety, Education and Training, Finance, Procurement, Estates, Governance, Coding and how their role contributes to the delivery of quality patient care 5. Talk to a service user and/or use the case notes to map the support networks involved in their patient journey (to include, family, neighbours, lay support, health and social care practitioners and services) and to provide two way feedback on the impact on each persons life and health care journey 6. Attendance at an inter-disciplinary talk, conference or other learning event. This could be held by the University, clinical practice e.g. ward rounds, a student society or a professional event. Students are required to provide evidence they have attended the event and document what they have learnt from this with regards to their role and how they interact with others to the benefit of the service user.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively with patients and other professionals and work in partnership with other members of the multi-disciplinary team, taking account of ethical considerations and respecting their rights, dignity, and confidentiality
  • Develop constructive working relationships with members of the multidisciplinary team providing comprehensive accurate records and reports as necessary
  • Assess a patient/client, negotiating and analysing the information with the patient/client, prioritising problems and planning an appropriate management programme independently, recognising their physical, psychological and social/cultural needs
  • Critically appraise the range of therapeutic interventions to implement a management programme safely, effectively and efficiently
  • Evaluate and reflect on the outcome of clinical decisions with the patient/client and be able to appropriately alter or discontinue treatment, or to make referrals to other services
  • Utilise previous experience and adapt therapeutic/management practice to meet varying circumstances and the health/social care environment
  • Manage themselves, a caseload and others to optimise results
  • Provide evidence of a search strategy and effectiveness criteria related to a complex case and/or area of practice
  • Provide evidence of personal and professional reflection and planning appropriate to continuing professional development and re-registration


The integration of knowledge, skills and attitudes specific to the specialty area of the placement reflect the five sections of practice: safe/professional conduct, professionalism, interpersonal, clinical/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. You will receive guidance and prompting from a placement educator and take an active role in, and where appropriate be responsible for a caseload under their supervision. You will have opportunity to work with and learn from other health professionals and appropriate staff within the placement setting as well as the named placement educator to facilitate understanding of the multidisciplinary and complex nature of health and social care provision.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Your learning will be facilitated by a placement educator(s) who will use a variety of 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

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

Hengeveld and Banks. Maitland’s Vertebral Manipulation: management of neuromusculoskeletal disorders – Volume 1. 

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

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Code of Members Professional Values and Behaviour. 

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

Higgs J, Jenson G, Loftus, S & Christensen, N (2018). Clinical Reasoning in the Health professions. 

Hough's Cardiorespiratory Care: an evidence-based, problem-solving approach. 



Formative evaluation


MethodPercentage contribution
Summative evaluation 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Summative 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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