SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHB324790
Module Leader Ruth Barn
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 4.

Summary of Content

This module will enable the student to develop a deeper understanding of advanced podiatric techniques and procedures as well as gaining further appreciation of the skills required for application of practice. This module prepares the students for the workplace by introducing current legislation applicable to practice, the role of the HCPC and professional body, the importance of lifelong learning and continuous professional development to the individual and the profession. This module also contains an elective element that provides the student with the opportunity to extend their depth and breadth of understanding in a specialist area of practice and share this with their colleagues. The areas offered will seek to respond to current and future needs of the profession and will include aspects such as diabetes, dermatology, gait and movement studies, sports injuries, wound management, acupuncture, mobilisation/manipulation as well as the opportunity to develop and implement a learning plan related to an area of professional interest which may not be covered by the other specialist aspects of the module.


Common element: -360 - A range of advanced podiatric techniques including local anaesthesia, electrosurgery, acupuncture, mobilisation/manipulation, business skills for private practice - Opportunities for lifelong learning in the workplace and the importance of continuing professional development - Business skills, considerations for establishing a private practice - The specific role of the podiatrist and inter-professional aspects of care - The role of the HCPC and professional body - The importance of lifelong learning, reflection and continuous professional development - The HCPC Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics Elective element: Critical evaluation of a specific advanced management strategy; either mobilisation/manipulation or acupuncture.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Understand the requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council2. Understand the need to maintain high standards of personal and professional conduct3. Understand the need to keep skills and knowledge up to date and the importance of career long learning4. Debate and discuss issues related to continuing professional development5. Understand the importance of participation in training, supervision and mentoring6. Understand the value of reflection on practice and the value of case conferences and other methods of review7. Critically evaluate advanced management strategies of mobilisation, manipulation or acupuncture.8. Debate and discuss issues related to private practice

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The concepts of this module will be introduced by keynote lectures pertinent to both the common and elective elements of the module. All students will be exposed to all aspects of the curriculum and will select which element to study in more detail for the elective essay. The lectures will underpin and be supported by small group work and clinical/practical demonstrations (where applicable) including use of the inter-professional clinical simulation centre. A range of e-learning technologies such as discussion forums, blogs and videocasts will also be employed.

Indicative Reading

Alsop, A. (2013) Continuing Professional Development in Health and Social Care 2 nd ed Wiley:Blackwell Anderson G., Boud D. and Sampson J. (1996) Learning Contracts: A Practical Guide Kogan Page: London Higgs J., Jones M., Loftus S. and Christensen N. (2008) Clinical Reasoning in the Health Professions 3rd ed Butterworth Heinemann: Oxford Mandy A., McInnes J. and Lucas K. (2003) Psychosocial Approaches to Podiatry - a companion for practice. Churchill Livingstone Miller C., Freeman M. and Ross (2001) Psychology for Nurses and Healthcare Professionals Prentice Hall: London Morell C. and Harvey G. (1999) The Clinical Audit Handbook Balliere Tindall: London Journals: The Journal of Foot and Ankle Research <http://www.jfootankleres.com/> The Diabetic Foot, The Foot, Journal of Wound Care, Clinical Biomechanics HCPC documents (available from <http://www.hpc-uk.org/> ) including Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics, Standards of Proficiency for Podiatrists, Standards for Continuing Professional Development. Much of the indicative reading of this module will be dependent on which elective element is selected by the student. Specific guidance on the elective indicative reading will be provided by the subject specialists but will include (where appropriate) current practice guidelines and National Service Frameworks.

Transferrable Skills

Independent research skills, planning, critical appraisal of published work, judgement.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (FT) 6.00
Independent Learning (FT) 140.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Lectures (FT) 22.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 35% Summative essay (2000 words) elective element
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 35% Exam