SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3B122679
Module Leader n/a
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Physiotherapy
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

-280 Current evidence implicates psychosocial factors as a major cause for prolonging recovery from illness and disability, and which can affect a person's capacity to participate in leisure and vocational activities. Vocational and leisure inactivity results in existential and financial disadvantages for the individual, and for society as a whole. Furthermore, mental health and well-being can be affected by acute and long-term conditions/ non-communicable diseases and are an increasing cause of longer-term work absence. Therefore, healthcare professionals need to be skilled in the assessment and management of the psychosocial factors that occur following a wide range of conditions in a variety of practice settings. This module is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and attributes to be able to conduct a psychosocial assessment, using the 'Five Areas' Cognitive Behavioural Therapy model, and apply a range of low-intensity cognitive and behavioural therapies. Additionally, the module will equip students to be able to conduct a comprehensive assessment of a worker in a real life work situation using the five levels of the 'Systems Approach'. This module provides the knowledge and skills to develop psychologically informed practitioners.


-360 o The psychosocial impact of long-term conditions/ non-communicable diseases, disability, sickness absence and unemployment. o Epidemiology of common mental health conditions and work relevant musculoskeletal disorders. o The psychosocial 'Flags' constructs as obstacles to recovery and return to work and leisure participation. o Psychosocial instruments for screening and/or outcome measurement. o The Five Areas Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) model. o Communication & interviewing skills. o Evidence-based 'low intensity' cognitive and behavioural techniques. o The Systems Approach to worker and workplace assessment. o Stress assessment and management. o Principles of ergonomics and anthropometrics. o Fitness for work assessment. -360

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:1) Critically evaluate the psychosocial impact of long-term conditions/ non-communicable diseases, disability, sickness absence and unemployment on individuals and their family and social relationships.2) Explain the presentation, pattern of symptoms and impact on functioning of common mental health problems.3) Critically evaluate a range of validated psychosocial instruments for the purposes of screening yellow, blue and black flags and outcome measurement.4) Explain the key features, inter-relations of and principles in the five areas Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) model.5) Conduct and critically reflect on a problem-focussed client assessment based on the Five Areas CBT model, which incorporates fundamental CBT competencies.6) Implement a selection of 'low intensity' evidence-based cognitive and behavioural techniques.7) Identify and critically reflect on his/her own scope of practice in offering psychosocial support and explain when to refer to other agencies.8) Evaluate the biopsychosocial components of job design that impact upon health and well-being.9) Explain the five levels of the 'Systems Approach' with regard to the biospsychosocial assessment and management of workers with physical or mental health problems.10) Conduct a comprehensive workplace evaluation of a single worker that encompasses all five levels of the biopsychosocial Systems Approach.11) Compile a worker evaluation report using the Systems Approach that includes evidence based recommendations for ergonomic redesign.12) Discuss the importance of fitness for work assessments using the Advisory Fitness for Work Report.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

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Transferrable Skills

Transferable skills integral to module operation and the learning experience include discipline skills, extension of information, social, communication and interpersonal skills, presentation skills, the development and enhancement of organisational ability, analysis, evaluation, synthesis, problem-solving, decision making and clinical reasoning skills. Module specific transferable skills include skills in: patient interviewing; assessing and evaluating psychosocial Flags; implementing low intensity cognitive and behavioural therapies; conducting worker and worksite ergonomic assessments; and fitness for work assessment; motivational interviewing.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 132.00
Tutorials (FT) 20.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Lectures (FT) 4.00
Practicals (FT) 20.00
Seminars (FT) 4.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Dept) 01 0.25 50.00 40% Practical Examination
Coursework 1 0.00 50.00 40% Worker Evaluation Report