SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2B322752
Module Leader Lisa Newcombe
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Podiatry
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Meeting university/programme requirements to proceed to level 2

Summary of Content

This is a practice placement module. Students will develop their clinic skills 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. 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 clinical placements with emphasis on: -360b7 Development of inter-professional and inter-personal communication skills; empathy/sympathy; confidentiality; consent; compliance; recording and communicating medical data to third parties b7 Verbal and non- verbal communication skills to enhance history taking, information gathering, data recording and record keeping. b7 Understanding 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 b7 Further enhancing their knowledge, understanding and application of decontamination and handwashing b7 Safely use a range of practical clinical skills and techniques within a clinical setting b7 Applying current infection control and health and safety principles within the clinical environment b7 Developing clinical reasoning skills to establish a diagnosis framework b7 Undertaking clinical assessment, investigation and management of patients with soft tissue and structural deformities of the foot and lower limb b7 Undertaking and recording a thorough, sensitive and detailed assessment, using appropriate techniques and equipment, undertaking or arranging investigations as appropriate and conducting neurological, vascular, biomechanical, dermatological and podiatric assessments -360b7 Recognising the need to plan, negotiate and deliver podiatric care b7 Discussing appropriate aetiologies, pathologies, pathomechanics and management strategies of a variety of structural and soft tissue disorders of the lower limb and foot b7 Discussing appropriate aetiologies and pathologies of relevant medical conditions, and their impact on the risk and management of the lower limb and foot b7 Being able to effectively prescribe, manufacture and evaluate a range of foot orthoses. b7 Developing time management skills in clinical practice Reflecting on clinical practice.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:1. Demonstrate appropriate neurological, vascular, biomechanical, dermatological and podiatric assessment techniques within a clinical setting2. Practise within the legal and ethical boundaries of their profession3. Understand the need to act in the best interests of service users at all times, respecting their rights, dignity, values and autonomy4. Demonstrate basic clinical reasoning skills in identifying and treating structural and soft tissue pathologies5. Effectively utilise and reflect on clinical skills in podiatric practice6. Adopt a systematic approach to data collection and interpretation within an holistic framework of health and social care7. Practice skills in the recognition and treatment of structural and soft tissue foot pathologies8. Effectively utilise communication and interpersonal skills with patients and colleagues to ensure quality care9. Safely manage foot pathologies in patients with and without systemic risk10. Recognise basic risk factors relative to the lower limb and foot11. Apply and integrate knowledge and understanding of core theory to underpin the practice of podiatry

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 Interprofessional clinical simulation centre 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, Mclnnes J, Lucas K (2002) Psychosocial Approaches to Podiatry - A companion for practice Churchill Livingstone Merriman LM, Turner W (2008) Assessment of the Lower limb, 3rd Edition, Churchill Livingstone Ranawat C S, Positano R G (1999) Disorders of the heel, rearfoot and ankle Churchill Livingstone Turner W, Merriman LM (2005) Clinical Skills in Treating the Foot, 2 nd Edition, Elsevier Churchill Livingstone Valmassey R (1995) Clinical Biomechanics of the Lower Extremity Mosby The Diabetic Foot. Journal of Wound Care. The Foot. http// wwwfeetforlife.org http://www.blackburnfeet.org.uk/hyperbook/ Health and Care Professions Council, Standards of Proficiency for Chiropodists and Podiatrists 2008 Health and Care Professions Council, Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics Journal of Foot and Ankle Research

Transferrable Skills

Communication skills: verbal, non-verbal, and written. 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) 20.00
Independent Learning (FT) 24.00
Practicals (FT) 144.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (School) 2.00 60.00 40% Clinical Practical Exam
Exam (School) 2.00 0.00 0% Clinical Exam (Formative)
Course Work 01 0.00 20.00 40% Portfolio including Essay (1000 words)
Exam (School) 1.00 20.00 40% OSCE