SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code MMB124969
Module Leader Chris Seenan
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Physiotherapy
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Student should be a qualified healthcare professional who meets the relevant programme admissions criteria.

Summary of Content

Within the context of planned and unplanned care delivery, the advanced assessment and management of patients has become a requirement for Advanced Practitioners. Consequently, this module aims to enable practitioners, to develop the requisite knowledge and advanced clinical and leadership skills to assess, diagnose, manage and where necessary, appropriately refer-on patients. This module covers key themes which include the political, legal and ethical issues that underpin professional development; advanced clinical assessment, clinical decision making and management.


Diagnostic History taking and consultation skills Examination of the following body systems - musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and neurological systems Assessment and management across the lifespan including: falls, functional assessment, fluid/nutritional assessment, minor injuries, substance misuse and pain, collapsed patient Specific condition management including: Heart failure/ Dementia / Delirium / Depression / Renal failure / Pain (abdominal and chest) and Pain Management / Diabetes / Parkinson's disease /Stroke/ Acute Asthma/ Minor injuries (head, face, wounds and burns)/ Presentations related to Upper respiratory tract, Ear, nose and throat, Dermatology, Gastro-intestinal, Urology, Ophthalmic or Musculoskeletal issues Care of the Dying Patient Basic principles of Radiology and ECG Interpretation Local anaesthetic and wound closure techniques Referral and safety netting Anticipatory Care The role of digital health in Advanced Practice

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Apply a critical understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathology sufficient to underpin assessment and diagnosis of illness and injury 2. In simulated conditions, perform assessment and treatment techniques in a competent and safe manner, taking into account relevant dangers, safety precautions and contraindications in relation to 'patient' and self.3. Critically evaluate and justify the management of simulated patients and/or case studies in a clinical reasoning discussion with peers, academic and/or clinical colleagues 4. Synthesise and critically evaluate evidence based literature to support management strategies for patients in the context of Advanced Practice

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The educational strategy that underpins this module combines both theoretical and practice elements to promote and support the development of the safe and effective Advanced Practitioner. The module is delivered by a multi-professional teaching team and adopts an inter-professional, collaborative approach in order to prepare students to contribute to local, national and international strategies and policies. Creative and contemporary pedagogies will support and contribute to a range of student-centred learning and teaching methods. These include: lecturers, tutorials, practical skills workshops, seminars and independent/directed study. The virtual learning environment of GCU Learn a9 will facilitate e-learning strategies which will support and encourage active engagement via directed study, guided reading and provide a mechanism for on-line peer support. These resources will provide opportunities for students to enhance skills of evaluation and synthesis and develop creative and original responses to knowledge and understanding of the subject commensurate with SCQF level 9 characteristics. Similarly, academic guidance will be provided on an individual and group basis. Students will have the opportunity to submit a short formative essay plan. Clinical reasoning panels/ activities and case study analyses will be used to contribute to the development of reflective practice, clinical reasoning and decision-making skills. They will also enhance the communication skills required to competently express cognitive processes relating to the assessment and management of patients. Psychomotor skills will be demonstrated and practiced utilising the application of theoretical concepts in student directed practical skills workshops. Tutor support will be available during these sessions to provide formative feedback; however, students will be encouraged to practice independently using peer review and self-appraisal. Audio-visual material hosted in GCU Learn is also available to support and enable independent practices.

Indicative Reading

Indicative Reading: Bickley, L.S (2012) Bates' Guide to physical examination and history taking, 11th Ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins Carrier, J. (2010) Manging Long-term conditions and Chronic Illness in primary Care: A guide to good practice. Rouledge: Oxon. Department of Health. Supporting peoples with long-term Conditions: liberating the talents of Nurses who Care for People with long term conditions. London: HMSO. Douglas, G, Nicol,F and Robertson, C (ed) (2013) MacLeod's Clinical Examination (13th ed), Churchill Livingstone Elsevier: China Japp, A.G and Robertson, C (ed) (2013) MacLeod's Clinical Diagnosis, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier: China Porth, C. (2014) Essentials of pathophysiology: concepts of altered health states, 4 th Ed. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins: Philadelphia Purcell, D. 2017. Minor Injuries: A Clinical Guide. 3 rd Edition. Elsevier, Edinburgh Raferty, A.T., Lim, E.,and Ostor, A.J.K, (2014) Differential Diagnosis, 4th ed Churchill Livingstone Elsevier Ritchie, L. (2015) Pulling together: transforming urgent care for the people of Scotland The Report of the Independent Review of Primary Care Out of Hours Services Scottish Government Scottish Government (2015) Setting the direction for nursing and midwifery education: delivery plan 2015-16 Scottish Ambulance Service Towards 2020: Taking Care to the Patient College of Paramedics (2015) Post- registration framework 3rd Edition Scottish Government (2008) "Gaun yersel: the self management strategy for long term conditions in Scotland", Edinburgh. Thompson,C., and Dowding, D (2009) Essential decision making and clinical judgement for nurses, Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh Tortora, G.J, Grabowski, S.R (2009) Principles of Anatomy & Physiology 12th ed., Wiley: London Wooton, R., Dimmick, S.L., Kevdar, J.C. (2006) Home Telehealth: connecting care within the community, The Royal Society of Medicine Press

Transferrable Skills

Participation in this module will enable the student to develop the following transferable skills associated with Masters level study: -360b7 Work in a self-directed manner, taking responsibility for own learning and continuing personal development and where appropriate practice competence b7 Critical reflective skills and professional development b7 ICT skills; information literacy, data literacy, media literacy and digital research and scholarship to underpin effective learning. b7 Critical thinking and problem-solving skills in a range of situations b7 Professional communication skills, written, oral and listening b7 Effective team-working b7 Critical analysis of research literature

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 30.00
Practicals (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 198.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Tutorials (FT) 36.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 50.00 45% 2000 words
Exam (Dept) 01 1.00 50.00 45% Clinical Viva