SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 40.00
ECTS Credit Points 20.00
Module Code M3B326099
Module Leader Mandy Abbott
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Podiatry
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Summary of Content

This is a practice placement module. This module provides the clinical context for the students to further develop, enhance and apply their clinical skills in diagnosis, clinical reasoning and management with higher risk categories of patients, presenting with a variety of clinical pathologies of varying complexities affecting the lower limb and foot. Students will demonstrate a wide range of clinical abilities in assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of podiatric conditions recognising and utilising the opportunities for multidisciplinary care. The students will learn how professional principles are expressed and translated into action through a number of different approaches to practice, and how to select or modify approaches to meet the needs of an individual, groups or communities. The students will recognise the role of other professions in health and social care, understand the theoretical basis of, and the variety of approaches to, assessment and intervention, in the context of podiatry: - podiatric orthopaedics and biomechanics - systemic and podiatric pathology - podiatric management - Professional behaviours - foot health promotion and education The total clinical hours allocated to this module are 300. This includes weekly placements throughout trimesters A and B, and a block placement in trimester B.


Students will visit acute and primary care podiatry services and gain experience delivering a range of integrated care pathways including: wound care and ulcer management review clinics minor surgeries under local anaesthesia, exposure to steroid injections. Musculoskeletal assessment, management and review clinics which included prescription and manufacture of appropriate devices i.e. orthoses Personal case load assessments and management clinics. Observational private practice visits Evaluating the outcomes of diagnostic equipment, its clinical application for assessment, diagnosis and health promotion Block placement Multidisciplinary team working including service users/patient and/or carer involvement. Overcoming barriers to communication such as difficult conversations, learning disabilities, communication difficulties. Applied podiatric research by observing/assisting in data collection sessions. focus on research topics such as ethics, consent, protocols, and hypothesis testing and data analysis.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Effectively plan, negotiate, monitor and evaluate the delivery of podiatric care2. Analyse and interpret the signs and symptoms of systemic disorders as they manifest in the lower limb and foot including appropriate risk stratification3. Demonstrate effective and appropriate skills in communicating information, advice, instruction and professional opinion to colleagues, service users, their relatives and carers4. Implement enhanced, evidence based patient assessment and management strategies taking into consideration the wider multidisciplinary team.5. Analyse and interpret MSK clinical assessments in line with evidence based practice.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

-142b7 Clinical work-based learning in clinical environment with patient based clinics -142b7 Block placement -142b7 All students will complete a competency log of evidence to demonstrate continued professional development of practical/technical clinical skills. -142b7 Competency logs will be completed regularly as student progresses throughout this module and beyond into level 4. b7 Face to face/online tutorials b7 Online resources b7 Independent learning: Students are expected to study the theoretical modules to support their clinical learning experience such as nail surgery, MSK assessments, high risk foot etc (this list is inclusive not exhaustive.

Indicative Reading

Key Indicative Reading -284b7 FROWEN, P., O'DONNELL, M., LORIMER, D. L., BURROW, J. G., 2010. Neale's Disorders of the Foot. 8th edition. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone -284b7 FROWEN, P., O'DONNELL, M., LORIMER, D. L., BURROW, J. G., 2010. Neale's Disorders of the Foot Clinical Companion. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone. -284b7 GOSLING, J. A. 2008. Human Anatomy: Color Atlas and Textbook. 5th edition. Mosby. -284b7 THOMSON, C, E., GIBSON, J, N, A., 2009. 50+ Foot Challenges: Assessment and Evidence-Based Management. 2nd Edition. New York, Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone /Elsevier b7 YATES, B. & MERRIMAN, L, M., 2009. Merriman's Assessment of the Lower limb. 3rd Edition. New York, Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone /Elsevier Further Indicative Reading -284b7 ANTHONY, R, J. 1991. The manufacture and use of the functional foot orthosis. Basel: Karger. b7 EUSTACE, S, J. et al. 2006. Sports Injuries - Examination, imaging and management. Churchill Livingstone. b7 FOSTER, A., EDMONDS, M,.2007. Colour Atlas of Foot and Ankle Disorders. Churchill Livingstone b7 HELLIWELL, P., WOODBURN, J., REDMOND, A., TURNER, D., DAVYS, H., 2007. The Foot and Ankle in Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Comprehensive Guide. Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier b7 HUNTER-6 S,-6 DOLAND,-6 M,-6 G.,-6 DAVIS,-6 J, M.-6 1995.-6 Foot-6 orthotics-6 in-6 therapy-6 and-6 sport.-7 Human-6 Kinetics.-6 -284-104b7 JAHSS, M,-5 H.-5 1991.-5 Disorders-5 of-5 the-5 foot:-6 Medical-5 and-5 surgical-5 management:-5 3-5 volumes. Saunders -284b7 KIRTLEY, C. 2006. Clinical Gait Analysis: theory & practice, Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone. -284b7 LEVINE, D., RICHARDS J., WHITTLE, M, W. 2012. Whittle's Gait Analysis. 5th Edition Churchill Livingstone: Elsevier -284b7 MANDY, A., LUCAS, K., MCINNES, J. 2003. Psychosocial Approaches to Podiatry: a Companion for Practice. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone b7 RANAWAT, C, S., POSITANO, R, G. 1999. Disorders of the heel, rearfoot and ankle. New York: Churchill Livingstone b7 RICHARDS, J. 2008. Biomechanics in Clinic and Research. Churchill Livingstone -284b7 RICHARDS, J. 2018. The Comprehensive Textbook of Clinical Biomechanics. 2nd edition. -284b7 TURNER W, MERRIMAN L, M. 2005. Clinical Skills in Treating the Foot, 2nd Edition, Elsevier Churchill Livingstone -284b7 WATKINS, J. 2009. The Pocket Podiatry Guide: Functional Anatomy. Churchill Livingstone /Elsevier b7 WILLIAMS, A. & NESTER, C., 2010. The Pocket Podiatry Guide: Footwear and Foot Orthoses. New York: Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier -284b7 VALMASSEY, R. 1996. Clinical Biomechanics of the Lower Extremity. Mosby Journals & Useful Websites -426b7 Journal of Foot and Ankle Research (JFAR) -426b7 The Foot b7 Foot & Ankle International b7 British Medical Journal (BMJ) b7 Arthritis Care & Research b7 Journal of Rheumatology b7 <https://cop.org.uk/> b7 Health and Care Professions Council, Standards of Proficiency for Chiropodists and Podiatrists 2018: <https://www.hcpc-uk.org/standards/standards-of-proficiency/chiropodists-podiatrists/> b7 Health and Care Professions Council, Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics 2018: <https://www.hcpc-uk.org/standards/standards-of-conduct-performance-and-ethics/>

Transferrable Skills

Generic skills: -284b7 Problem solving and clinical reasoning b7 Communication skills (verbal and non-verbal) b7 Presentation skills b7 Working with others b7 Time management of patient case loads Employability skills: -284b7 Reflection on practice b7 Ethics Digital capabilities: -284b7 ICT proficiency (working with electronic notes)

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 40.00
Tutorials (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 78.00
Practicals (FT) 258.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Dept) 01 1.00 20.00 40% Exam - LO5
Exam (Dept) 02 2.00 60.00 40% Exam - LO2, LO3
Course Work 01 n/a 20.00 40% LO1, LO4 - Coursework 1,500 words