SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1B322750
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. 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 secure environment


Appropriate record keeping, including the use of accepted terminology, reinforcing the need to handle these records and all other information in accordance with applicable legislation such as Data Protection and Freedom of Information Acts, protocols and guidelines. Utilisation of appropriate interpersonal skills to encourage the active participation of service users and the principles of practitioner/patient interactions. Health and safety: the importance of establishing and maintaining a safe practice environment, including infection control, sterilisation and disinfection, clinical management of instrument decontamination, waste disposal and incident reporting. Clinical studies: mechanical therapies, manual dexterity skills and development of psychomotor skills for the management of podiatric pathologies. Application of principles of therapeutics in clinical practice. Use basic life support skills and to deal safely with clinical emergencies. Clinical anatomy, surface anatomy, joint motion and anatomical terminology. Orthoses - principles of prescription and manufacture of chairside and custom orthoses. Clinical reasoning and reflective practice .

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Demonstrate a range of clinical competencies including risk assessment, infection control and show an appreciation of health and safety protocols in a clinical setting2. 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 to encourage the active participation of service users3. Demonstrate appropriate knowledge and understanding of aetiologies, pathologies and management planning for specific tissue pathologies relative to level 1 studies4. Develop the knowledge and skills to carry out mechanical debridement of nails and intact skin5. Identify and discuss appropriate material selection, insole design and the therapeutic rationale for the manufacture of foot orthoses while showing an appreciation of health and safety protocols in a laboratory setting.6. Use basic life support skills and deal safely with clinical emergencies7. Reflect on clinical practice and on their own personal and professional development using a formal model of reflection

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Practical classes and demonstrations/tutorials to enable students to participate fully and apply theoretical concepts to the clinical situation. Use of video and other technology to introduce, visualize and reinforce difficult concepts. The use of a Virtual Learning Environment to support application of theory to practical Clinical studies - observational and practical Peer interaction and support mechanisms Shadowing and observation of clinical sessions Graduated clinical experiential learning

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 <http://www.jfootankleres.com/> The Foot, The Diabetic Foot, Journal of Wound Care Health and Social Care Professions Council <http://www.hpc-uk.org/> NHS Education for Scotland <http://www.nes.scot.nhs.uk/> Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists <http://www.scpod.org/>

Transferrable Skills

Communication and negation skills; time management and prioritisation skills; team work; peer and self-assessment and reflection

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 20.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Practicals (FT) 160.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (School) 2.00 70.00 35% Summative OSCE
Course Work 01 n/a 30.00 40% Summative Clinical Portfolio Including 1000 word reflection