SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code M2B221853
Module Leader Mandy Abbott
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Podiatry
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

Students will develop their clinical abilities and applications in preparation for essential level practice which will include an interprofessional elective clinical placement. They will develop the skills of diagnosis and assessment in relevant podiatric and functional aspects of clinical conditions through practice and demonstration. The management of patients who present with a range of podiatric pathologies will be undertaken and theoretical aspects will be integrated through this module. Therefore students will develop clinical treatment strategies, identify and treat basic structural and soft tissue pathologies within the foot and lower limb, implement basic principles of patient management and care planning, utilise evidence based assessment techniques, practice effective communication within the clinical team, learn to use basic clinical reasoning within the clinical environment and enhance their skills in reflective practice


Clinical experience structured to level 2 studies in a range of acute and primary care placements. Development of inter-professional and inter-personal communication skills; Empathy/sympathy, confidentiality, consent, compliance, recording and communicating medical data to third parties. Exact data recording, requesting specific data, patient management and interview strategies, verbal and non-verbal cues and communication. Understand the need to respect, and so far as possible uphold,the rights, dignity, values and autonomy of every service user including their role in the diagnostic and therapeutic process and in maintaining health and wellbeing. Further enhance their knowledge, understanding and application of decontamination and handwashing. Safely use a range of clinical skills, techniques and practices associated with the practice of clinical podiatry. Apply current infection control and health and safety principles within the clinical environment. Clinical reasoning skills to establish a diagnosis framework Clinical assessment, investigation and management of patients with soft tissue and structural deformities of the foot and lower limb. Undertake and record a thorough, sensitive and detailed assessment, using appropriate techniques and equipment, undertaking or arrange investigations as appropriate and conduct neurological, vascular, biomechanical, dermatological and podiatric assessments . Apply knowledge and understanding of core theory to underpin the practice of podiatry. Recognise the need to plan, negotiate and deliver podiatric care Discuss appropriate aetiologies, pathologies, pathomechanics and management strategies of a variety of structural and soft tissue disorders of the lower limb and foot. Effectively prescribe, manufacture and evaluate a range of foot orthoses. Develop time management skills in clinical practice. Enhanced ability to reflect on clinical practice.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to: Demonstrate appropriate clinical assessment techniques Practise within the legal and ethical boundaries of their profession Understand the need to act in the best interests of service users at all times Develop basic clinical reasoning skills in identifying and treating structural and soft tissue pathologies Effectively utilise and reflect on clinical skills in podiatric practice Adopt a systematic approach to data collection and interpretation within an holistic framework of health and social care Practice improved skills in the recognition and treatment of structural and soft tissue foot pathologies. Effectively utilise their enhanced communication and interpersonal skills with patients and colleagues to ensure quality care Safely manage foot pathologies in patients with no systemic risk

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Individualised clinical teaching and learning. Independent learning and study. Directed learning and teaching. Practical and communication skills developed through application directly with patients and carers. Structured practical sessions to reinforce, integrate and apply knowledge and experience. Demonstrations and tutorials to promote the development of clinical parameters. Self directed learning. Group teaching and learning. Problem-based learning. Use of IT to process and obtain clinical data. Elective interprofessional clinical placement.

Indicative Reading

Anthony R J (1991) The manufacture and use of the functional foot orthosis. Karger & Karger Gosling JA et al 1996 A colour atlas of human anatomy Mosby-Wolf. Hunter S, Doland M G Davis JM (1995) Foot orthotics in therapy and sport. Human Kinetics Jahss M H (1991) Disorders of the foot: Medical and surgical management: 3 vols W B Saunders Kirtley C (2006) Clinical Gait Analysis: theory & practice, Churchill Livingstone, New York !SBN 0 4431 0009 8 Lorimer et al (2010) Neale's Disorders of the Foot: Diagnosis and Management, 8th edition W B Saunders Co Mandy A, Kclnnes J, Lucas K (2002) Psychosocial Approaches to Podiatry - A companion for practice Churchill Livingstone Ranawat C S, Positano R G (1999) Disorders of the heel, rearfoot and ankle Churchill Livingstone Valmassey R (1995) Clinical Biomechanics of the Lower Extremity Mosby Journals:. The Diabetic Foot. Journal of Wound Care. The Foot. http// Health Professions Council, Standards of Proficiency for Chiropodists and Podiatrists 2008 Health Professions Council, Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics Journal of Foot and Ankle Research

Transferrable Skills

Communication and verbal, non-verbal communication skills, written and data collection. Consent, counselling, interview techniques, compliance, recording and communicating data to third parties. Psychological aspects of patient behaviour. Investigation and management of patients. Reflection. Evaluation

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 10.00
Practicals (FT) 72.00
Independent Learning (FT) 18.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Clinical Practical 3.00 100.00 40% Clinical Practical