SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1B126081
Module Leader Jackie Locke
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Podiatry
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Summary of Content

This is a practice placement module. The module introduces students to the clinical environment, clinical protocols, health and safety of practice of themselves and patients, introduces practical skills in terms of manual dexterity, scalpel and nail work and soft tissue pathologies. It will also introduce the student to mechanical and physical therapies in relation to the practical management of podiatric soft tissue pathologies. This module includes a three-week clinical placement block at the end of the module which will consolidate the integration and application of theory to practice in a managed support environment The total clinical hours allocated to this module are 168: 84 through Trimesters A and B, and 84 during the 3 week clinical block undertaken between completing L1 and commencing L2.


Appropriate record keeping including: -357? The use of accepted terminology; ? Data Protection and Freedom of Information Acts; protocols and guidelines; ? The use of digital technologies and access of patient information Utilisation of appropriate interpersonal skills: -357? To encourage the active participation of service users and the principles of practitioner/patient interactions ? Communication skills and professional ethics in a healthcare setting; ? cultural awareness and equality and diversity in practitioner/service interactions. Health and safety: -357? Establishing and maintaining a safe practice environment, including hand hygiene, infection control, sterilisation and disinfection, clinical management of instrument decontamination, waste disposal and incident reporting, risk assessment and current policy ? First aid measures to be undertaken in specific clinical emergencies Clinical skills: -357? Mechanical therapies, manual dexterity skills and development of psychomotor skills for the management of podiatric pathologies; ? Clinical reasoning and reflective practice; ? Application of principles of therapeutics in clinical practice; ? Application of principles of clinical assessment techniques ? Clinical anatomy, surface anatomy, joint motion and anatomical terminology and muskoloskeletal function Orthoses: principles of prescription and manufacture of chairside and custom orthoses .

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Demonstrate an understanding of a range of health and safety issues in the context of the clinical setting; 2. Demonstrate of knowledge, understanding and skills in the patient record keeping, manufacture and application of mechanical therapies, the undertaking of clinical assessments, application of clinical therapeutics and recognition of clinical anatomy and mechanical debridement of intact skin and nails;3. Relate aetiology, pathology, presenting signs and symptoms and management of podiatric conditions relative to level 1 studies in the clinical setting;4. Select, move between and use appropriate forms of verbal and non-verbal communication with service users and others, recognising the need to use interpersonal skills and be culturally aware to encourage the active participation of service users;5. Reflect on clinical practice and on their own personal and professional development using a formal method of reflection.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Practical classes with demonstrations to enable students to participate fully and apply theoretical concepts to the clinical environment A blended learning approach, integrating videos, online learning tasks and the use of a virtual learning environment to support application of theory to case Shadowing and observational sessions creating experiential learning within functioning clinics Peer learning and interactive group work Use of Interprofessional Simulation Centre Directed leaning in this module will be specifically related to (i) first aid measures in clinical emergency and (ii) principles of infection control. Students will be required to maintain and complete a record of core clinical competences .

Indicative Reading

Frowen, P. et al. (2010) Neale's Disorders of the Foot (8th Ed), Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh Frowen, P. et al. (2010) Neale's Disorders of the Foot Clinical Companion, Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh Mandy, A. et al. (2009) Podiatry: a Psychosocial Approach, John Wiley & Sons: Chichester Menz, H.B. (2008) Foot Problems in Older People: Assessment and Management, Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh Merriman L. & Turner, W. (2002) Assessment of the Lower Limb, Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh Mooney, J. (2009) Illustrated Dictionary of Podiatry and Foot Science, Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh Ousey, K. & McIntosh, C. (Eds) Lower Extremity Wounds: A Problem-Based Learning Approach, John Wiley & Sons: Chichester Turner W. & Merriman L (2005) Clinical Skills in Treating the Foot (2nd Ed), Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh Thomson, C.E. & Gibson, A. (2009) 50+ Foot Challenges: Assessment and Management (2nd Ed) Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh Tyrell, W. & Carter, G. (2008) Therapeutic Footwear: a Comprehensive Guide, Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh Williams, A.E. et al.(2010) Pocket Podiatry: Footwear and Foot Orthoses, Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh Yates, B (2012) Merriman's Assessment of the Lower Limb (3 rd Ed), Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh Journals and Websites Journal of Foot and Ankle Research <> The Foot, The Diabetic Foot, Journal of Wound Care Health and Social Care Professions Council <> NHS Education for Scotland <> College of Podiatry <>

Transferrable Skills

Clinical skills - manual dexterity skills, technical treatment skills, clinical reasoning skills Generic skills - communication, presentation skills, teamwork, ethics, learning to learn, self-motivation, problem solving Employability skills - working with others, prioritisation, time management, reflection on practice, personal development and action planning. Digital capabilities - ICT proficiency, information literacy, media literacy, digital creation, digital research and problem solving, digital communication & participation, digital learning, digital identity management.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (FT) 84.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Independent Learning (FT) 96.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam 01 2.00 70.00 40% Exam LO 1; LO 2; LO 3
Course Work 01 n/a 30.00 40% Coursework (1,000 Words) - LO 4; LO 5