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PSIO6027 (MSc) Clinical Management and Evaluation 1

Module Overview

This module introduces the basic assessment process and treatment of commonly occurring presentations of cardiorespiratory, neurology and NMS conditions and prepares students for placement 1. The module will refine and build on the concepts of clinical reasoning skills acquired in Foundations and Principles of Physiotherapy Practice module and identify patients’ problems following key principles from the ICF framework. The module will apply the knowledge gained from Foundations and Principles of Physiotherapy Practice by introducing students to the specific treatment and practical /clinical skills appropriate to the physiotherapy treatment of a selection of commonly occurring presentations of cardiorespiratory, neurological and neuro-musculoskeletal conditions.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

In addition to acquiring the knowledge and understanding of common presentations of pathology and clinical skills in each speciality, students will concurrently develop their critical thinking by researching the current evidence base so as to be able to evaluate this evidence and integrate this with their developing repertoire of clinical knowledge and skills which are relevant and transferrable for clinical placement 1.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Relate a comprehensive understanding of the biological and psychosocial sciences to human functioning through the application to simple clinical problems
  • Critically analyse the evidence for practice to inform your critical thinking in relation to assessment and management of clinical problems
  • Modify the clinical reasoning approach where the evidence is lacking
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Applying a range of clinical skills in relation to straightforward clinical problems demonstrating safety & the capacity to assess the efficacy and outcomes of such interventions. Demonstrate safe and effective handling appropriate to the learning of clinical skills – demonstrates competence in protective postures & movement in the handling of self or other people & loads
  • Demonstrate a range of clinical skills appropriate to the clinical problem (including effective interviewing skills)
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Incorporate social, cultural and client values into the theoretical framework in relation to clinical problems & consider the impact of client choice on the therapeutic relationship
  • Effectively communicate in a variety of known situations, including developing interviewing skills to successfully obtain information pertinent to the clients bio-psychosocial problems
  • Evaluate your contribution to group learning and the input of the group process on your own learning while reflecting on and interpreting learning


• A study of biological, physical, behavioural and clinical sciences that is integrated into a problem solving approach to patient centred care • Introduction to clinical reasoning skills and the exercise of informed clinical judgement • Application of the clinical sciences to clinical case studies • The use and application of a range of physiotherapeutic treatment and rehabilitation modalities/strategies • Communication skills and the development of empathy • Use of standardised assessment procedures • Reflecting on prior learning – development of self-awareness

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Learning will be achieved by the students attending lectures and practical’s shared with the BSc students. In addition, the MSc students will work independently in small groups using the guided learning principle to research a topic chosen by the module lead. The topic maybe a relevant theory that students have to research and present the evidence to the group, or a facilitated discussion of a research paper or an additional case study which will expand their knowledge and facilitate the development of their critical thinking. The combined teaching and learning approach will achieve the eight learning outcomes specified.

Preparation for scheduled sessions10
Wider reading or practice35
Practical classes and workshops60
Follow-up work10
Total study time188

Resources & Reading list

Hengeveld, E and Banks, K. (2013). Maitlands Vertebral Manipulation. 

Delva Shamely (Ed) (2005). Pathophysiology an Essential text for the Allied health professions. 

Edwards S (Ed.) (2002). Neurological Physiotherapy: a problem solving approach. 

Carr J & Shepherd R (2010). Neurological Rehabilitation: Optimizing motor performance. 

Harden, B. (Ed) (2004). Emergency Physiotherapy. An on-call survival guide. 

Physiotherapy for Respiratory and Cardiac Problems (2002). Physiotherapy for Respiratory and Cardiac Problems. 

Lennon S & Stokes M (Eds.) (2008). Pocketbook of Neurological Physiotherapy. 

Higgs J., Jones M., Loftus S., and Christensen N. (2008). Clinical reasoning in the health professions. 

Journals. • Australian Journal of Physiotherapy • BMJ • Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery • Manual Therapy • Pain • Physical Therapy • Physical Therapy Reviews • Physiotherapy • Physiotherapy Index • Physiotherapy Canada • Physiotherapy Theory and Practice • Spine

Carr J & Shepherd R (2003). Stroke rehabilitation: guidelines for exercise and training to optimize motor skill. 

Stokes M Stack E (Ed.) (2013). Physical Management for Neurological Conditions [Formerly Physical Management in Neurological Rehabilitation]. 

Sue Raine, Linzi Meadows, Mary Lynch-Ellerington (Editors) (2009). Bobath Concept: Theory and Clinical Practice in Neurological Rehabilitation. 

Hough, A. (2014). Physiotherapy in Respiratory Care: An evidence based approach to respiratory and cardiac management. 

West J.B. (1995). Respiratory Physiology- The Essentials. 

Hengeveld, E and Banks, K. (2013). Maitlands Peripheral Manipulation. 

Mary Anne Broad, Mathew Quint, Sandy Thomas, Paul Twose (2012). Cardiorespiratory Assessment of the Adult Patient, A clinicians guide. 

Churchill Livingstone (2002). Chest X rays Made Easy. 

Petty, N.J. and Moore, A.P. (2001). Neuromusculoskeletal Examination & Assessment. 

Aehlert , B. (2002). ECG’s made easy, pocket reference. 

Low J & Reed A (1999). Electrotherapy Explained. 

Gillian Mead, Frederike van Wijck (2012). Exercise and Fitness Training After Stroke. 

Stephen Bourke, Graham Burns, (2011). Respiratory Medicine, Lecture notes. 


Reading and reference list can be found on the Blackboard site this site also contains key guidelines and a selection of research evidence. There are links to websites and a selection of videos that support the students’ learning.. 

Shumway-Cook A and Woollacott MH (2012). Motor control : translating research into clinical practice. 



MethodPercentage contribution
A group codebook and a lab report 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External

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