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PSIO6026 Integrated Clinical Practice and Management

Module Overview

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

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • a systematic evidence-based approach to evaluating the health and life sciences that relate to human functioning through the application to multiple clinical problems
  • a systematic and evidenced approach to the assessment, management and evaluation of the multiple clinical problems.
  • applying a systematic and comprehensive clinical reasoning rationale where the evidence is lacking
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Reflect on the ethical & legal issues and therapeutic relationships encountered in clinical practice in relation to difficult clinical problems
  • Incorporate social, cultural and client values into the theoretical framework in relation to difficult clinical problems
  • generating and appropriately testing new ideas and knowledge cognisant of the associated risks
  • advanced and specialised communication skills that promote collaborative working relationships with patients, carers and the inter-professional team
  • Identifying and assuming different roles that facilitate the development of the group/teams and evaluating the impact on group process
  • critical and deliberate reflection on learning and professional practice that impacts on the quality of future practice and identifies emerging clinical attributes
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply a range of evidence based clinical skills in relation to difficult clinical problems demonstrating safety & the capacity to assess the efficacy and outcomes of such intervention and to adapt techniques as appropriate and applying a sound clinical reasoning approach where the evidence is lacking


• Integrated study of biological, physical, behavioural and clinical sciences that is applied in a critical, reflective manner to patient centred care • Application of the clinical sciences across integrated clinical cases • Appreciation of ethical, moral and legal issues • Mechanisms of pain and dysfunction in more complex clinical conditions • The use and application of a comprehensive range of physiotherapeutic treatment modalities • Health promotion and health education strategies integrated into clinical practice • Rehabilitative strategies in the more complex clinical case that maximises human potential and quality of life across a range of case from palliative care to the elite athlete • Selective use of validated assessment methods • Reflecting on prior learning in an iterative way, bringing examples of learning from previous Practice Placements

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Learning will be achieved through the study of simulated case studies that will facilitate the GDL process. Examples of such cases at this level to guide the development of the ability to apply professional knowledge and skills might include: • Greg Payne is a 28 year-old father of 2 with a 12 year history of increasing disability as a result of chronic low back pain that is now associated with compression and loss of function of the L5 and S1 nerve roots. He has been unable to work for some months and there are financial and relationship issues. • A 15 year-old girl who sustains a brachial plexus injury having been thrown from a stolen motor cycle. • A 48 year-old diabetic man in poor health with a diabetic neuropathy and associated ulceration of the lower limb that eventually results in a below knee amputation being required. • A 21 year-old girl with an incomplete lower cervical spinal cord lesion. • Zac is now 65 years old. He has an acute exacerbation of chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Mechanical ventilation is required Small tutorial groups Clinical skills labs Inquiry seminars Self directed learning

Follow-up work30
Wider reading or practice100
Completion of assessment task45
Preparation for scheduled sessions100
Total study time375

Resources & Reading list

Phillips, D. (1998). Neuromusculoskeletal Handbook. 

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

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-respiratory management.. 

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. 

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

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

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

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

Anatomy TV: Interactive anatomy [online subscription resource.



MethodPercentage contribution
Reflective essay 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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