SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHB426105
Module Leader Ruth Barn
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Podiatry
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

The focus of this module is to introduce the student to contemporary approaches to podiatric practice including use of emerging technologies and their application in podiatry. This module aims to equip the students with practical skills in mobilisations and manipulations, dry needling and competence in clinical decision making with regard to use of corticosteroid injection therapy. With advances in evidence based practice and increased use of imaging technologies the module will also cover aspects of practice such as diagnostic ultrasound, IRMER for referrers, shock wave therapy, dermascope and current approaches to wound management. Computer aided design and manufacture (CAD-CAM) of foot orthoses will be introduced with practical demonstration of additive and subtractive manufacturing techniques together with approaches to design optimisation. The module will contextualise non-medical prescribing and will include keynote lectures from advanced practitioners sharing expertise in use of independent prescribing and its value to practice. Current approaches to behaviour change will be introduced including motivational interviewing with opportunities for skills practice in tutorial sessions.


-284b7 Critical evaluation of contemporary assessment/management methodologies b7 Diagnostic investigations and imaging b7 Current technology and its application in podiatry b7 CAD-CAM foot orthoses including design optimisation b7 Research and evidence underpinning contemporary approaches b7 Mobilisations and manipulation theory and practice b7 Dry needling theory and practice b7 Decision making in corticosteroid injection therapy b7 Contextualising non-medical prescribing b7 Ionising Radiation for Medical Exposure Regulations IR(ME)R - specifically for referrers b7 Contemporary approaches to wound management b7 Motivational interviewing

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Critically appraise evidence surrounding an area of contemporary practice 2. Justify the rationale for selecting contemporary practice techniques in specific settings3. Debate the benefits of employing contemporary practice techniques4. Critically evaluate the utility of technological advances to clinical cases5. Discuss the value of contemporary approaches to practice

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The concepts of this module will be introduced by keynote lectures which will underpin and be supported by small group work, interactive tutorials and clinical/practical demonstrations (where applicable). On-line resources will be available on GCU Learn in a variety of formats to support learning. IRMER training will be undertaken online. Independent learning will be facilitated by asking students to prepare for lectures, seminars and small group work.

Indicative Reading

Books: -284b7 Bianchi, Stefano., and Martinoli, Carlo. (2007) Ultrasound of the Musculoskeletal System . Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, ebook. b7 Christman, R.A. (2015) Foot and ankle radiology / . 2nd ed. Philadelphia, PA?:, Wolters Kluwer Health b7 Hengeveld, E., and Banks K.editors (2013) Maitland's peripheral manipulation. Management of neuromuscular disorders Volume 2 . 5 th edition Churchill Livingstone. b7 Hing W., Hall T., Rivett D., et al (2015) The Mulligan concept of manual therapy: Textbook of techniques. Churchill Livingstone b7 Jacobson, Jon A. (2018) Fundamentals of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound . Third edition. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier b7 McNally, Eugene G. (2014) Practical Musculoskeletal Ultrasound . 2nd ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier b7 Metcalfe, S. & Reilly, I. (2010) Foot and ankle injection techniques: a practical guide. Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier b7 Miller, W. and Rollnick, S., (2012) Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change . 3 rd edn. Guilford Press b7 Rollnick, S., Miller, W. and Butler C. (2008) Motivational Interviewing in Health Care: Helping Patients Change Behaviour . Guildford Publications b7 Royal Pharmaceutical Society (2016) A Competency Framework for all Prescribers . London: Royal Pharmaceutical Society. In order to keep up to date with latest research in contemporary practice it is recommended to engage with relevant journals in the field including, but not limited to, the following: -284b7 Clinical Biomechanics b7 Gait and Posture b7 Journal of Foot and Ankle Research b7 International Wound Journal b7 Ultrasound (official journal of British Medical Ultrasound Society) Ultrasound website: <>

Transferrable Skills

Generic skills: communication skills, teamwork Employability skills: working with others; reflection on practice Digital capabilities: ICT proficiency, information literacy, digital learning

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 20.00
Independent Learning (FT) 129.00
Tutorials (FT) 26.00
Assessment (FT) 25.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam 01 2.00 80.00 35% Exam - LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5
Course Work 01 n/a 20.00 35% Essay 2000 words