SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code MMB725323
Module Leader Fiona Gough
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Physiotherapy
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Student should demonstrate that they are a qualified physiotherapist and that they meet the MSc Physiotherapy or MSc Advanced Practice programme admissions criteria.

Summary of Content

The Advancing Physiotherapy Practice (APP) module aims to facilitate the development of qualified physiotherapists' knowledge, skills and attributes in line with the four pillars of Advanced Practice and consequently, to enable their professional and career development. APP provides students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the theories, principles and concepts of professional development. Students will analyse and evaluate their personal learning and professional development to identify their strengths and areas for development with regard to physiotherapy practice, and their development needs. Through this process of critical reflection, students will analyse and evaluate professional development in national and international contexts and in relation to others such as peers, service users, carers, colleagues and service providers.


Professional Development in Physiotherapy Practice (Theories, Principles and Concepts) Professional Identity and Conceptual Models of Practice Advanced Practice Frameworks & Pillars of Advanced Practice -360b7 Leadership e.g. Leadership Styles & Organisational Behaviour -360b7 Facilitating Learning e.g. Theories of Teaching & Learning; Collaborative Learning b7 Research e.g. Applying Evidence Based Practice, Generating/Disseminating Evidence b7 Advanced Clinical Practice e.g. Managing Complexity, Clinical Reasoning, Value Based Care, Equality & Diversity Communication and Professional Practice Critical Thinking and Reflective Practice(s) Professional Judgement and Decision Making Epistemology, Ontology and Axiology of Physiotherapy Practice Influence of Society, Culture and Politics on Health Care Delivery Professional Development Planning

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the students should be able to: 1. Demonstrate critical understanding of the principal theories, principles and concepts of professional development and physiotherapy practice 2. Critically analyse and evaluate personal learning and professional development in relation to the pillars of advanced practice 3. Apply knowledge, skills and understanding to identify a justified professional development plan4. Critically analyse and evaluate complex ethical and professional problems and issues in accordance with current professional and/or ethical codes or practices5. Identify and communicate solutions to managing complex ethical and professional problems and issues with some originality and creativity

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module will adopt a blended learning approach. Theoretical concepts will be explored using face-to-face teaching and learning strategies in keynote lectures, masterclasses, tutorials and seminars . These strategies will include; clinical reasoning panels, problem-based learning, group discussion, peer-assisted learning, flipped classrooms, role modelling and self-directed learning. GCU Learn virtual learning environment (and other online media) will be utilised to facilitate learning with strategies such as; reflective tasks, directed activities and online portfolio development. Real-life scenarios will be used to enable students to apply and develop knowledge, skills and attributes in the varied contexts of physiotherapy practice. C onstructivist theory will underpin the students' learning experience.

Indicative Reading

ADAIR, J., 2009. How to Grow Leaders: The 7 Key Principles of Effective Development . London: Kogan Page. BIGGS, J. & TANG, C., 2007. Teaching for Quality Learning at University (Society for Research into Higher Education). London: Open University Press. BOUD, D., KEOGH, R. & WALKER, D., 2013. Reflection: Turning Experience into Learning. London: Routledge Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), 2016. Advanced Practice in Physiotherapy: Understanding the Contribution of Advanced Practice in Physiotherapy to Transforming Lives, Maximising Independence and Empowering Populations [online]. London: CSP. [Viewed 24 June 2018] Available from: <> Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), 2013. Physiotherapy Framework: Putting Physiotherapy Behaviours, Values, Knowledge & Skills into Practice . [online] London: CSP. [viewed 24 June 2018] Available from: <> Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), 2012. Quality Assurance Standards for Physiotherapy Service Delivery. [online] London: CSP. [viewed 24 June 2018]. Available from: <> Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), 2011. Code for Members' Professional Values and Behaviour s. [online] London: CSP. [viewed 24 June 2018] <> DEPARTMENT of HEALTH, 2008. Modernising Allied Health Professions (AHP) Careers A Competence-Based Career Framework. [online] London: Department of Health. [viewed 24 June 2018]. Available from: <> Higgs , J., Richardson , B., & Dahlgren , M. 2004. Developing Practice Knowledge for Health Professionals . London: Butterworth-Heinemann/Elsevier Science. HIGGS, J., JONES, M.A., LOFTUS, S. and CHRISTENSEN, N., 2008 (eds) Clinical Reasoning in the Health Professions . 3rd edition. Amsterdam: Butterworth Heinemann Elsevier H offmann , T., Bennett , S. & Del Mar , C.B. 2013. Evidence-Based Practice across the Health Professions , 2nd edition. London: Elsevier. Huczynski, A.A. & Buchanan , D.A., 2013. Organizational Behaviour, 8 th edition. Pearson. J asper , M. 2003. Beginning Reflective Practice. Foundations in Nursing and Health Care . Cheltenham: Nelson Thornes Ltd. Jensen , G.M., Dwyer , J., Hack , L.M. and Shepard , K.F. 2007. Expertise in Physical Therapy Practice . 2 nd edition. St. Louis: Saunders Elsevier. Lexa , F. J. (2016). Leadership Lessons for Health Care Providers . London: Elsevier. NHS Education for Scotland (NES) 2008. Post Registration Career Development Framework for Nurses Midwives and Allied Health Professions in Scotland. [online] Edinburgh: NES. [viewed 24 June 2018] Available from: <> NHS Education for Scotland . 2012. AHP Advanced Practice and Education Framework (Musculoskeletal). [online] Edinburgh: NES. [viewed 24 June 2018] Available from: <> NHS ENGLAND, 2017. AHPs into Action Using Allied Health Professionals to Transform Health, Care and Wellbeing. [online]. London: NHS England. [viewed 24 June 2018]. Available from: <> Polgar, S.& THOMAS, S., 2013. Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences . 6th edition. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier. ROLFE, G., FRESHWATER, D. & JASPER, M. 2001. Critical Reflection for Nursing and the Helping Professions . A User's Guide. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan. The Scottish Government , 2012. AHPs as Agents for Change in Health and Social Care. The National Delivery Plan for Allied Health Professions in Scotland 2012-2015 . [online] Edinburgh: The Scottish Government. [viewed 24 June 2018] Available from: <>

Transferrable Skills

Participation in this module will enable the student to develop the following transferable skills associated with Master's level study: -284b7 Work in a self-directed manner, taking responsibility for own learning and continuing personal development and where appropriate practice competence -284b7 Developing academic writing skills b7 Developing critical reflection and reflective writing skills b7 Development of study and ICT skills; information literacy, data literacy, media literacy and digital research and scholarship to underpin effective learning. b7 Demonstrating critical thinking (analytical and evaluative) and problem solving skills in a range of contexts b7 Developing professional communication skills (written, oral and listening) b7 Demonstrating the ability to work as an effective member of a team b7 Developing administrative and time management skills Underpinning professional practice through the integration of theory with practice

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 6.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00
Tutorials (FT) 24.00
Lectures (FT) 6.00
Independent Learning (FT) 234.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Dept) 01 0.50 30.00 45% Examination.
Course Work 01 n/a 70.00 45% Personal Development Plan and ReflectiveCommentary including critical analysis & evaluation. 3000 words.