SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 40.00
ECTS Credit Points 20.00
Module Code MHB426110
Module Leader Ruth Barn
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Podiatry
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Summary of Content

This is a practice placement module. The total clinical hours for this module are 392 which include a block placement within term time. This module will enable students to clinically apply and analyse advanced therapeutic techniques. The wide variety of clinical environments to which the students are exposed is a central focus of this year of study and includes a block placement within a community clinic to prepare the students for the workplace. Students will have the opportunity to enhance clinical decision making, diagnostic skills and evaluation of risk in a variety of settings. The students will implement a range of therapeutic treatment and management strategies in specialist clinics to patients presenting with a diverse range of complex medical/surgical and podiatric pathologies. They will practice independently and autonomously by the end of the module. The total clinical hours allocated to this module are 392. This includes weekly placements throughout trimesters A and B, and a block placement in trimester B.


-142b7 Students will be given the opportunity to enhance their knowledge, skills and understanding in a variety of areas of practice including: -284 o Diabetes o Rheumatology o Vascular o Musculoskeletal o Podopaediatrics o Wound management o Dermatology o Neurological o Surgical -142b7 Multi-disciplinary team working b7 Private practice placement b7 Clinical reasoning b7 Diagnostic skills b7 Interpretation of diagnostics tests b7 Evidence based management strategies b7 Onward referral as appropriate b7 Evaluation of management plans b7 Assessment of patient suitability for and safe administration/supply of POM-A and POM-S including appropriate after care/advice b7 Nail surgery procedures including after care/advice b7 Relevant health and safety procedures b7 Audit as applicable to podiatry

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Apply critical reasoning to rationalise and justify diagnoses in a range of clinical scenarios2. Critically evaluate diagnostic and clinical information to determine patient risk 3. Apply critical reasoning to formulate and justify appropriate management strategies4. Recognise and manage situations where relevant prescription only medicines may be supplied or administered including the effective administration of local anaesthesia and completion of nail surgery5. Demonstrate self-appraisal and critique of clinical methodologies linked to clinical practice in the context of patient care

Teaching / Learning Strategy

-284b7 Practice-based learning in patient clinics under the supervision of podiatry staff and visiting consultants b7 Structured clinical practical sessions to reinforce, integrate and apply theoretical knowledge and understanding b7 Block placement b7 Online resources b7 Independent learning b7 Case studies b7 Group and individual supervision b7 Structured case based tutorial sessions b7 Student led tutorials b7 Reflective practice -284b7 All students will be required to regularly complete a competency log of evidence to demonstrate continued professional development of practical/technical clinical skills. This will include, but is not limited to, a log of all supervised corticosteroid injections .

Indicative Reading

Hargreaves, J. and Paige, L. (2013) Reflective practice. Polity Press: Cambridge. Helliwell, P., Backhouse, M. and Siddle H. editors (2019) The Foot and Ankle in Rheumatology Oxford University Press. Kirtley, C. (2006) Clinical Gait Analysis: theory and practice. Churchill Livingstone Lorimer D. et al (2010) Neale's Disorders of the Foot: Diagnosis and Management . 8th edition Elsevier Lorimer D. et al (2010) Neale's Disorders of the Foot: Clinical Companion Churchill Livingstone Mandy A. et al (2003) Psychosocial Approaches to Podiatry- A companion for practice . Churchill Livingstone Morell C. and Harvey G. (1999) The Clinical Audit Handbook Balliere Tindall: London Websites: Health and Care Professions Council <https://www.hcpc-uk.org/> Scotland's Health on the Web www.show.scot.nhs.uk <http://www.show.scot.nhs.uk> SIGN guidelines available from www.sign.ac.uk <http://www.sign.ac.uk> Journals: Journal of Foot and Ankle Research <https://jfootankleres.biomedcentral.com/>

Transferrable Skills

Generic skills: communication skills, time management, case load management, team working, planning -260 Employability skills: reflection on practice Digital capabilities: ICT proficiency, information literacy

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 35.00
Practicals (FT) 357.00
Assessment (FT) 40.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Dept) 01 n/a 20.00 40% LO5 Essay
Exam (Dept) 03 1.00 30.00 40% Exam - LO1, LO2, LO3
Exam (Dept) 02 n/a 20.00 40% LO4 - Practical LA/Nail Surgery Exam
Exam (Dept) 04 2.00 30.00 40% Exam - LO1, LO2, LO3