SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHB122715
Module Leader n/a
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Physiotherapy
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This four-week Practice education placements will enable the student to apply consolidate and extend knowledge and skills explored in the preceding modules. In addition, the student will apply appropriate knowledge gained from their Honours degree to problems encountered during each placement. Students will be given the opportunity to apply reasoning skills to clinical problems. A high level of evaluation of practice will be demonstrated both in the assessment of individual patients/clients and of physiotherapy practice in general. This will be achieved by applying knowledge of research processes to the clinical setting. The student will take responsibility for their learning by setting personal learning objectives and outcomes for each placement. These outcomes will be in addition to the learning outcomes specified in module descriptors.


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Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Demonstrate a width and depth of knowledge understanding of clinical sciences in the examination and management of clients.2. Conduct justified, effective client examinations within a reasonable timescale.3. Analyse client data in order to predict outcomes.4. Record client data in an accurate, concise and logical manner.5. Formulate shared physiotherapy short and long term objectives using a client centred approach in a variety of contexts.6. Demonstrate competence in the application of therapeutic skills7. Discuss management interventions and justify the selected interventions using available evidence.8. Evaluate the outcomes of physiotherapeutic intervention.9. Communicate effectively with clients and key individuals.10. Demonstrate understanding of health and safety issues in relation to practice and operate in accordance with relevant legislation.11. Demonstrate an understanding of equality and diversity and select appropriate strategies to address the impact of issues on clients outcomes.12. Demonstrate effective clinical reasoning as an integral part of clinical practice.13. Integrate health promotion into clinical practice.14. Respond effectively to political, legislative and policy issues which influence clinical practice.15. Construct SMART personal learning outcomes for the placement.16. Reflect critically on the learning experience using a theoretical framework.17. Conduct an audit of the outcomes of previous reflective activities.18. Formulate an action plan related to the audit19. Identify how the outcomes of the audit articulate with CPD and LLL.20. Demonstrate and understand the need to maintain high standards of personal and professional conduct.21. Practice high standards of personal and professional conduct22. Demonstarte and understanding of the importance of confidentiality with respect to practice23. Demonstrate an ability to work in partnership with others24. Demonstrate an abilty to practice leadership skills in practice25. Demonstrate an ability to practice in an non discrimatory manner26. 21.Demonstrate an ability to contribute to a professional online discussion site

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The key strategies adopted are those of experiential and shared learning. The student, working with clinicians, will formulate, implement, analyse and discuss management strategies for patients/ clients with a variety of conditions. A process of guided reflection is adopted to encourage the student to evaluate their learning and clinical reasoning and to engender reflective writing in a clinical portfolio. The clinical portfolio will be utilized to provide a forum for discussion between students and the visiting lecturer. This will facilitate the development of independent learning skills.

Indicative Reading

Pre-placement packages: Available from Physiotherapy Placements on GCULearn Physiotherapy Placements portal. Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) 2011, Code for members' professional values and behaviours. CSP, London. Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) 2012, Equality and diversity toolkit. A practical guide for stewards, managers and members, CSP, London. Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), 2012, E-Portfolio [Online] Available at: <> [Accessed 9 th October 2013]. (CSP registration required) Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), 2012, Information paper: Record Keeping guidance PD061, CSP London. Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) 2012, Quality Assurance Standards for physiotherapy service delivery. CSP, London. Clouder L. 2000, "Reflective practice in physiotherapy education: a critical conversation", Studies in Higher Education , vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 211-233. Donaghy, M.E. & Morss, K. 2000, "Guided Reflection: A framework to facilitate and assess reflective practice within the discipline of physiotherapy", Physiotherapy Theory and Practice , vol. no.16, pp.3-14. Glasgow Caledonian University Physiotherapy Programme (GCUPP). 2013b, Practice Education Handbook, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow. Glasgow Caledonian University Physiotherapy Programme (GCUPP). 2013c, Portfolio Handbook and Reader, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow. Healey, J. & Spencer, M. 2008, Surviving your Placement in Health & Social Care , McGraw Hill Open University Press, Maidenhead. Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). 2012, Guidance on Conduct and ethics for Students, HCPC, London. Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). 2012, Standards of conduct, performance and ethics, HCPC, London. Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). 2013, Standards of proficiency (SOPs) Physiotherapists, HCPC, London. Higgs, J. & Jones, M. 2000, Clinical Reasoning In the Health Professions , 2nd edn, Butterworth Heinemann, Oxford. Jasper, M. 2013, Beginning Reflective Practice , 2 nd edn, Nelson Thornes Ltd, Cheltenham. National Health Service Education for Scotland (NES), 2008, Quality Standards for Practice Placements , 2nd edn [online] Available from: <> [Accessed 9th October 2013]. Pearce, R. 2003, Profiles and Portfolios of Evidence , Nelson Thornes Ltd, Cheltenham. Williams, R.M., Wessel, J. Gemus, M. & Foster-Seargeant, E. 2002, "Journal writing to promote reflection by physical therapy students during clinical placements". Physiotherapy in Theory and Practice , Vol. 18, pp. 5-15.

Transferrable Skills

In undertaking this module, the students will develop skills in the following areas:- communication, accessing information sources, C&IT utilisation of equipment, teaching, independent study, time management, psychomotor and manual handling, clinical reasoning, reflection, reflective writing, analytical problem solving, administration, Health and Safety policy, teamwork, professional confidence and identity.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (FT) 150.00
Assessment (FT) 4.00
Independent Learning (FT) 46.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 0.00 0.00 0% Compulsory Formative Assessment
Placement 1 0.00 100.00 40% Assessment of Clinical Competence