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Our physiotherapy programme is rated #3 in the UK (Complete University Guide 2015). This physiotherapy pre-registration, two-year degree has been designed to allow graduates from related subject areas to develop the skills to become competent physiotherapy practitioners. Read more
Our physiotherapy programme is rated #3 in the UK (Complete University Guide 2015).

This physiotherapy pre-registration, two-year degree has been designed to allow graduates from related subject areas to develop the skills to become competent physiotherapy practitioners. Clinical placements occur in both years and are usually between 2 and 6 weeks' duration. The course also reflects the Government’s commitment to inter-professional learning in health and social care.

The two year physiotherapy course allows students to explore the physical, biological and behavioural sciences that underpin physiotherapy practice and develop critical, analytical, reflective and practical skills that can be applied to a wide variety of clinical situations. Previous undergraduate experiences enables student's to engage in practice with a strong enquiry-based approach. Some shared learning with students from other health and social care professions introduces physiotherapy students to 'team' working in the NHS.

Central to this Physiotherapy course is the development of clinical reasoning and the critical appraisal of evidence-based practice particularly with respect to complex health and social care situations utilising a multi-disciplinary focus. Through critical analysis, contemporary legislation on policy, structure and function of health and social care organisations are considered in addition to how these impact on physiotherapy practice. Students complete a research project supported by an experienced academic research supervisor which draws together much of the critical thinking and has strong links to local clinical practice.

All aspects of the course are learned through an Enquiry-Based Learning approach (EBL), in which students work together and individually to further their comprehension, analysis and application of the material that underpins physiotherapy. Assessments include traditional examinations, poster presentations, group assignments, written assignments, practical assessments and videos.

Graduates find employment in an increasingly diverse range of healthcare settings including the NHS, the private sector, sports clubs and voluntary organisations.

In line with the principles and values which underpin the NHS constitution, the University expects all students undertaking programmes which lead to registration as a health professional to demonstrate the NHS values.

Module Overview
Year One
PT0604 - Core Concepts and Skills for Physiotherapy (NC, 20 Credits)
PT0700 - Physiotherapy for the Promotion of Movement and Health (NC, 20 Credits)
PT0701 - Physiotherapeutic Management of Rehabilitation (Core, 20 Credits)
PT0701 - Physiotherapeutic Management of Rehabilitation (NC, 20 Credits)

Year Two
PP0189 - Empirical Project (Optional, 60 Credits)
PP0190 - Practice Project (Optional, 60 Credits)
PP0191 - Systematic Appraisal (Optional, 60 Credits)
PT0702 - Education, Measurement and Outcome for Physiotherapy (NC, 20 Credits)
PT0703 - Integrated Physiotherapy Practice (NC, 20 Credits)
PT0704 - Leading and Developing Physiotherapy Practice (NC, 20 Credits)

Facilities

Described as some of the best campus sport facilities in the country and rated Top 5 in the country by the recent Times Higher Educations Student Experience Survey 2014. We boast facilities for teaching & learning that rival any in the world. Predominantly housed in Sport Central, a new £30 million pound purpose-built sports building.

Research

Northumbria is ranked in the top 30 for excellence in sport and exercise science research power, making it the best rated university in the North East in this discipline (REF 2014).

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This is an integrated course. that prepares students for the breadth of contemporary physiotherapy practice in the continually evolving Health and Social Care sector. Read more

This is an integrated course that prepares students for the breadth of contemporary physiotherapy practice in the continually evolving Health and Social Care sector. You will study in a small cohort where staff will get to know each student, you will start learning in the clinical environment from the first semester, and you will learn in a way that makes links between theory and practice from day one.

The structure of the course is innovative; there is one module for each of the six semesters, with integrated part-time clinical placements for four of the six modules. Approximately 2/3 of the clinical placements are part-time (1-2 days per week), and there is also a five-week full-time elective placements towards the end of the course where you can choose your own clinical placement location.

You’ll be taught in our purpose built rehabilitation and assessment facilities, which includes a therapy clinic and movement analysis laboratory. We have excellent links with Physiotherapists working within the NHS and private practices across the North West. There are also links with charitable organisations and international institutions and hospitals, providing excellent opportunities for our students to gain experience of the breadth of contemporary physiotherapy practice.

PROGRAMME AT A GLANCE

YEAR 1

The first year of study will include knowledge and skill development across musculoskeletal, cardio-respiratory and neurological domains, and students start integrating their capabilities into holistic patient assessment and management.

 Semester 1: Integrated Physiotherapy Practice 1

  • 135 hours of clinical practice

Semester 2: Integrated Physiotherapy Practice 2

  • 180 hours of clinical practice

Semester 3: Integrated Physiotherapy Practice 3

  • 293 hours of clinical practice

YEAR 2

Students will continue to develop their assessment and management skills, including using exercise concepts and pain management strategies. The modules will offer students opportunities to develop core clinical capabilities, to ensure that each student is prepared for working in a variety of clinical settings.

Semester 1: Integrated Physiotherapy Practice 4

  • 255 hours of clinical practice

Semester 2: Integrated Physiotherapy Practice 5

Semester 3: Integrated Physiotherapy Practice 6

  • 188 hours of clinical practice

FURTHER INFORMATION

OPPORTUNITIES

Our MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) course will provide the opportunity for you to undertake various clinical placements during your time at UCLan, both in traditional and contemporary settings. Previous placements include Blackburn Rovers Football Club, Ministry of Defence, and overseas experiences.

GRADUATE CAREERS

We have excellent employability rates for students graduating from our BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy course, last year 100% of these students gained employment within 6 months of graduation. Through consultation with our clinical stakeholders we know that there is a demand for physiotherapists in the North West, and especially with Masters-level qualifications.

INDUSTRY LINKS

We have strong links with clinical partners in the North West, in both NHS and non-NHS settings. We organise annual recruitment events where employers from the public (NHS) and private spheres attend and network with physiotherapy students.

We have excellent employment rates for physiotherapy graduates.

PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION

The course is currently going through an accreditation process with the Health & Care Professions Council and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

Students will have the opportunity to test their knowledge and skills development through a range of assessment tasks. There is particular emphasis on ‘real life’ assessments that reflect the ways in which students will learn and practice during the course. Methods include practicals, vivas, presentations, assignments and clinical practice based assessment. There is a strong commitment to providing timely and constructive feedback for all assessments.

Interprofessional working is an important part of Physiotherapy and Healthcare. Whilst you are at University, you will have timetabled sessions where you will work in partnership with several professions, including Nurses and Occupational Therapists. Learning about, with and from students in other healthcare disciplines will help prepare you for real-world clinical settings. During your time on placement, you will work with a variety of professionals and will be a part of the wider multi-disciplinary team. This will further develop your skills in communication and collaborative working to provide optimal patient care and improve health outcomes.

DBS CHECKS

Throughout this course you will be working with vulnerable groups of individuals including children. In order to ensure that the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing offers places on their programmes to the most suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing will be able to guide you through this process once you have been successfully offered a conditional place at the University. It is important to note that any unsatisfactory Enhanced DBS clearance may result in the offer of your place being withdrawn even if you have already started your course.



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Physiotherapy is a health care profession concerned with maximising the potential of human function and movement. It uses physical approaches to promote, maintain, and restore physical, psychological and social wellbeing, taking account of the variations in health status. Read more
Physiotherapy is a health care profession concerned with maximising the potential of human function and movement. It uses physical approaches to promote, maintain, and restore physical, psychological and social wellbeing, taking account of the variations in health status. At Essex this is a science-based subject in which we are committed to applying, evaluating and reviewing the evidence that underpins and informs practice.

At the core of physiotherapy practice is the making of clinical judgement and informed interpretation of clinical information. Physiotherapists are autonomous professionals, able to act as first-contact practitioners, as well as accepting referrals from other health care professionals. Through partnership and negotiation, physiotherapists work with people to optimise their functional ability and potential.

This pre-registration course is a two-year accelerated programme which enables you to take advantage of inter-professional learning (IPL), encouraging professionals to learn with and from each other – an understanding that helps ensure you have the expertise to respond adequately and effectively to the complexity of your clients’ needs, and that care is safe, seamless and of a high standard.

Placement Opportunities

You will be introduced to physiotherapy through observing and working with physiotherapists practising in a variety of settings (primary and secondary care, public and private sectors, adult and the elderly, acute care setting and specialist mental health/learning disability services), and adopt a critical stand in the discussion of contemporary physiotherapy practice in the context of the environment of practice.

You are also introduced to key concepts in physiotherapy for the assessment and evaluation of patients, and given opportunities to explore scientific measures as indicators for health and illness.

We organise these practice placements for you to work in role with multi-professional health care teams in a wide range of settings.

Whilst on placement you will have an educator allocated to you and contact with a member of the academic team who will visit you and support you whilst on placement. Placements encompass a variety of multi-disciplinary health and social settings based within the NHS, the Private Sector, the Voluntary Sector and other Primary Health Care Services.

Over a thousand hours will be spent in the practice environment where students apply the theory and practice of physiotherapy. You develop your abilities to critically analyse clinical data and evidence, to make judgements and to respond to patients who require physiotherapy.

Placements are primarily based throughout Essex but you may also have the opportunity to experience services in Hertfordshire, Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.

Professional accreditation

Completing our course leads to eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) as a physiotherapist.

HCPC registration is required to work as a physiotherapist in the UK, and once individuals are registered they are able to practice in a wide variety of clinical settings.

We are committed to embedding the NHS Constitution Values (which are strongly reflected in our University values) into everything we do. They define the behaviours and expectations of all our staff and students, underpinning the work we do in the university, clinical arena and other workplaces.

We understand that not all of our students and staff are employed within the NHS but these values uphold the underlying principles of excellent care as a standard and as such we expect that anyone who has any aspect of their work which ultimately cares for others will aspire to upholding these values.

For us involving not only our students, but service users, experts by experience, carers and NHS/non NHS professionals in the creation and delivery of all programmes is vital.

Our expert staff

A unique feature of our School is that most of our staff work or have worked within clinical practice. This enhances our grasp of the contemporary links between academic research, the major issues of the day and real-life practice.

Physiotherapy is taught by a small and friendly team of registered experienced staff with a variety of different backgrounds and research interests. The subject lead for physiotherapy is Izzie Easton. Izzie qualified as a physiotherapist in 1998, and has practised in numerous hospitals. In particular she has gained experience working in respiratory physiotherapy, orthopaedics, and critical care.

We also have expertise in the areas of prehabilitation, rehabilitation following sports injuries, first contact trauma management, education in pain management, and computer-based ‘virtual patient’ simulators.. Full details of our staff can be found on the HHS Staff Profiles.

Specialist facilities

Within our School of Health and Human Sciences, we have a range of specialist clinical laboratories and IT facilities to assist you with the effective learning and acquisition of new skills; for students of Physiotherapy, we have two specialist labs on our Colchester Campus which provide you with all the facilities you need to train as a physiotherapist.

We also offer excellent physical and online resources in terms of libraries, computer labs, datasets, archives and other research materials. You can take advantage of our links with the Institute of Social and Economic Research, which conducts large-scale survey projects, many for government, EU and other public agencies, and has its own library.

The UK Data Archive is also based at our Colchester Campus and stores national research data.

Your future

In 2014 we had a 100% employability rate for our MSc Physiotherapy students. What does this mean? It means that all our successful got jobs and are on their chosen pathway working in the careers they worked so hard to get.

Example structure

Year 1
-Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy
-Interprofessional Collaboration and Development
-Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
-Neurological Physiotherapy
-Patient Pathways 1
-Research in Health Care

Year 2
-Advancing Physiotherapy Practice
-Contexts for Contemporary Practice
-Patient Pathways 2
-Research Activity

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As a physiotherapist, you can make a real difference to the way people function physically, socially and psychologically. Physiotherapy aims to make the most of an individual's abilities through health promotion, preventive healthcare and rehabilitation.

Course details

Through this course you build on your prior learning to develop a critical understanding of contemporary physiotherapy practice. You gain the skills to be a safe, reflective, autonomous, professional practitioner able to manage clients across their lifespan in a variety of settings. Core skills underpinning physiotherapy include manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and functional movement analysis. Appropriate intervention is underpinned by sound clinical reasoning and problem solving within the context of an evidence-based approach to clinical practice.We take a problem-based approach to learning, which includes opportunities to share aspects of learning with students from other allied health professions to promote teamwork and an appreciation of how other disciplines contribute to healthcare. Successful completion of the course provides eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Students studying this programme who obtain an NHS bursary can't also apply for a postgraduate loan from the Student Loan Company. From September 2018 funding for this programme will change. The website will be updated once this has been confirmed.

Professional accreditation

On successful completion of the course you'll be eligible to apply for membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council..

What you study

In Stage 1, you study the core sciences underpinning physiotherapy practice. You are introduced to a range of physiotherapy interventions which are responsive to client need and underpinned by evidence-based approaches to practice. You also explore professional issues in health and social care. During this stage you complete three clinical placements where you assess and treat your own patients under the supervision of qualified physiotherapists. You may be allocated placements within paediatrics, elderly care, learning disabilities and mental health services in addition to acute, medical, musculoskeletal and neurological areas. Clinical placements are arranged by academic tutors and you should be prepared to travel for some placements. 

In Stage 2 you complete three more clinical placements. You must complete 1,000 hours of satisfactory clinical practice to meet the requirements of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. You also develop your knowledge of the sciences underpinning physiotherapy and further explore the professional development of the physiotherapist and research methods.

In Stage 3 you complete your dissertation.

Course structure

Stage 1 core modules

  • Applied Anatomy, Physiology and Biomechanics for Physiotherapy Practice
  • Integrated Physiotherapy Practice
  • Physiotherapy Practice Placements 1, 2a and 2b
  • The Physiotherapy Professional

Stage 2 core modules

  • Personal and Professional Development in Physiotherapy
  • Physiotherapy in the Management of Long-term and Life-limiting Conditions
  • Physiotherapy Practice Placements 3a, 3b, 4
  • Practical Research Methods for Physiotherapists

Stage 3 core modules

  • Major Project

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

How you learn

Various learning and teaching methods are used throughout the course and include keynote lectures, seminars and small-group work as well as practical laboratory sessions. You are encouraged and supported to engage in self-directed learning to prepare for practical sessions and seminars.

How you are assessed

Assessment is varied and reflects module learning outcomes. You are assessed by written assignments, oral presentations and practical examinations. In the interests of professional safety, you must complete all modules successfully. Essential competencies for this course include:

  • conducting assessment and treatment procedures safely and effectively
  • demonstrating high-level clinical reasoning and problem-solving skills
  • demonstrating satisfactory skills in communication and team working
  • evidence of appropriate selection and appraisal of methods of critical enquiry.

Clinical placements are assessed at undergraduate level.

Employability

Opportunities are available for employment within the NHS, private sector or charitable trusts – in hospitals, GP surgeries, schools, industry and in the community. You could also consider a career working in clinical research or teaching, in the UK or overseas.



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The Physiotherapy (pre-registration) MSc is a clinically-orientated study programme, with over 1,000 hours of professional practice and rigorous academic content. Read more

The Physiotherapy (pre-registration) MSc is a clinically-orientated study programme, with over 1,000 hours of professional practice and rigorous academic content. This course is an ideal study pathway for science graduates wishing to become physiotherapists, and will also provide eligibility for applying for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. 

Key benefits

  • King’s Health Partners is one of the UK’s five Academic Health Science Centres, bringing together a world-leading research led university (King’s College London) and three successful NHS Foundation Trusts (Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley)
  • Quality partnership working with physiotherapy practice partners ensures graduates have the knowledge, skills and personal attributes required by the NHS and other employers.
  • Innovative collaborative teaching partnerships in physiotherapy with Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation. 
  • Established study pathway of inter-professional learning opportunities with other healthcare professional students in both the classroom and practice.

Description

The Physiotherapy (pre-registration) MSc course places a strong emphasis on scientific research combined with evidence-based clinical practice and critical and analytical learning. We aim to provide you with the skills to enable you to work in a changing healthcare environment. The course is made up of modules that integrate teaching and learning from psychological and social sciences with anatomy, physiology and physiotherapy practice.

The course comprises four foundation and five masters modules and runs for two calendar years from September to September. You must take modules totalling 270 credits to meet the requirements of the qualification, covering foundation modules totalling 90 credits at Level 4, and masters modules totalling 180 credits at Level 7.

This course is not appropriate for holders of any UK or overseas physiotherapy/physical therapy qualifications.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

  • For Foundation modules, contact hours range from 40 – 80 hours which are made up of lectures, practical sessions, seminars and tutorials.
  • For master’s modules Reflections on Current Practice 1 & 2 and Rehabilitation & Exercise, contact hours range from 30 - 60 hours that’s made up of lectures, practical sessions, seminars and tutorials.
  • For the master’s module Physiotherapy Practice, contact time is higher at 150 hours due to the substantial practical element, but also includes lectures, practical, seminars and tutorials.
  • The Research Project module contact hours are determined by individual project supervisors.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Study time

  • For all 15-credit modules, you are expected to undertake approximately 100 hours of self-directed learning.
  • For all the 30-credit modules, you will be expected to undertake approximately 240 hours of self-directed learning.
  • For the 45 -module Rehabilitation and Exercise, you are expected to undertake approximately 400 hours of self-directed learning.
  • For the 45-credit module Physiotherapy Practice, you are expected to undertake approximately 300 hours of self-directed learning.
  • For the 45-credit Research Project, you are expected to undertake approximately 450 hours of self-directed learning.

 Assessment

  • The Foundation modules will be assessed by a mixture of Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) and written examinations.
  • The modules on Reflections on Current Practice 1&2 and Rehabilitation & Exercise will be assessed by coursework.
  • The Physiotherapy Practice module will be assessed by coursework and a written examination.
  • The Research Project module will be assessed by a written dissertation.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Clinical Education

In order to gain a licence to practice, you will have to complete at least 1,000 clinical hours. During the programme, you will apply what you have learned on a series of clinical placements in a variety of environments, ranging from large teaching hospitals to small special schools within the community. The majority of placements are in Greater London, but you may be placed throughout south-east England. We have designed this course to match the needs of the modern ever-changing health sector. We work closely with a network of clinical colleagues, primarily in the NHS, and these partnerships ensure that the course’s delivery and development are practice-led.

Location

This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Guy’s and Waterloo Campuses. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the choice of modules offered at the time. Clinical education is arranged in work based placements in a variety of settings primarily in Greater London although some placements are based further afield in the South East of England.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Career prospects

Predominantly Physiotherapy within a variety of Health and Social Care settings including the NHS, but also opportunities in clinical research, Public Health, sports leisure and other graduate opportunities.

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With accreditation from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Health & Care Professions Council, your course will provide you with the necessary expertise and skills to become a qualified physiotherapist. . Read more

With accreditation from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Health & Care Professions Council, your course will provide you with the necessary expertise and skills to become a qualified physiotherapist. 

As a physiotherapist, you will help people of all ages to manage pain and dysfunction. Covering the core areas of neuromusculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and neurological physiotherapy, you will learn how to think independently and problem solve in a clinical capacity. You will acquire comprehensive hands-on experience through a selection of diverse clinical practice placements, which could be based in primary, community care or hospital settings. 

You will carry out a minimum of 1,000 hours of clinical placement experience under the supervision of experienced physiotherapists. A combination of campus-based learning, independent study and clinical practice will enhance your interprofessional relationships. 

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Research Excellence Framework 2014: 20% of our research in the Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care unit is world leading or internationally excellent.

Course Benefits

Our course will prepare you for work as a physiotherpaist through a combination of University based modules and clinical practice placements. You'll study the core areas of physiotherapy practice - neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy, cardiorespiratory physiotherapy and neurological physiotherapy. 

Practice placements will take place in a variety of environments, including primary and community care and hospital based settings. A key benefit of our course is the use of inter-professional working, and you will share many aspects of learning with students on our MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration) course. Our problem-based independent learning approach will develop you to become an autonomous practitioner and lifelong learner.

Year 1

Core modules

  • Cardiovascular & Respiratory Physiotherapy
  • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
  • Neurological Physiotherapy
  • Research in Physiotherapy Practice 1
  • Foundations for Physiotherapy Practice

Year 2

Core modules

  • Clinical Placement 1-6
  • Developing Clinical Practice
  • Research in Physiotherapy Practice 2

Job prospects

Our graduates are very well regarded by employers – we consistently attain a 100 per cent employability rate for students seeking positions in acute and community settings within the NHS and private sector. There will also be opportunities to work within private healthcare, school settings, hospices and in sports clubs. As a qualified physiotherapist, you will also have the opportunity to specialise in areas such as learning difficulties, mental health, sports medicine, health promotion and clinical research.

  • Physiotherapist
  • Sports Therapist
  • Rehabilitation Worker


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Physiotherapy Msc or BSc provides an evidence based approach to contemporary physiotherapy, promoting a commitment to autonomy, research and clinical excellence. Read more

About this course

Physiotherapy Msc or BSc provides an evidence based approach to contemporary physiotherapy, promoting a commitment to autonomy, research and clinical excellence. Continued professional development is an integral part of the programme facilitating the development of essential communication and team working skills. Successful completion of the programme provides eligibility to apply for statutory registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and full membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

NHS values
Patients, public and staff have helped develop this expression of values that inspire passion in the NHS and that should underpin everything it does. Individual organisations will develop and build upon these values, tailoring them to their local needs. The NHS values provide common ground for co-operation to achieve shared aspirations, at all levels of the NHS.

Course Content

Our Physiotherapy Master's course is an exciting and innovative modular programme, delivered full-time over two-years. The programme is delivered 46 weeks per year.

Module Outlines

Year 1

Anatomy 1/2
Rehabilitation 1/2
Anatomy 2
Rehabilitation 2
Musculoskeletal 1 - The Lower Quadrant
Respiratory
Approaches to Research
Professional Development

        1. Paediatrics
        2. Ageing Studies
        3. Women's Health and Men's Health
        4. Oncology and Palliative Care
        5. Falls Services
        6. Mental Health

Clinical Placement 1/2
Clinical Preparation

Year 2

Musculoskeletal 2 – The Upper Quadrant
Neurorehabilitation
Cardiovascular Health
Critical Care
Principles And Practice Of Evidence Based Healthcare
Research Dissertation
Clinical Placement 3/4/5
Clinical Education

Clinical education is an integral and invaluable component of the programme. It is strongly embedded within the course structure. Preceding campus-based studies provide the skills and knowledge which students require in order to be prepared for their placements.

Continuing modernisation of the NHS has seen a move away from a focus on non-acute health interventions being delivered in hospitals to the delivery of care in the community. Experience gained on all clinical education modules throughout your undergraduate training aims to reflect these developments by providing you with a broad range of experience across a variety of settings including acute NHS hospitals, private healthcare providers, community hospitals, health centres, GP surgeries, schools, nursing homes and sports centres etc.

Regardless of location or specialty students are expected to adopt a holistic approach towards their patient/client, taking into account individual psychological, social, cultural and economic factors, whilst embracing the principles of health promotion and health education.

All clinical placement modules are organised on the student's behalf by the clinical co-ordination team. This allows us to provide you with a balanced clinical experience both in terms of the specialties/patient groups you have worked with and the range of health care setting you have worked in. It is important that you are exposed to a variety of health settings, which are reflective of current clinical practice.

In total students will complete in excess of 1,000 hours of clinical experience in order to complete the programme. Clinical education occurs in six-week blocks which gives you time to "find your feet" and have a highly valuable learning experience at the same time as providing you with plenty of opportunity to demonstrate your learning and develop as a clinician.

It is anticipated that whilst on clinical placement you will be working a 34-hour week minimum, (compared to full-time workers this effectively means you have one half-day off per week). However, the number of hours you work and the time at which you start and finish work is subject to negotiation with both college and the supervising clinical educator.

Whilst on placements you will be supervised by physiotherapists registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Students will be assessed on placement by their supervising clinician(s), using a standardized assessment tool – the Clinical Assessment Record (CAR form). The assessment score from clinical placement modules will contribute to your final degree classification

Most clinical placements are located within the Greater London area, ie within the M25, but a few could be further away necessitating "staying over on placement" during the week. You should anticipate the need to "stay over" on at least one or two occasions.

We are sympathetic to your needs when we assign clinical placements. However, we are unable to guarantee that any student will be located close to their home or term-time address and you may have to commute or live away from home for the duration of a placement or two. We do try to give special consideration to students whose personal circumstances fall within specified criteria, ie they have young children, are a main carer, or have a declared disability etc.

If the NHS is paying your university fees, your travel costs (in excess of the expense you normally incur between home and college) and if necessary the costs of alternative accommodation can be reclaimed from the NHS. However you should note that they is always a delay between paying out money and being reimbursed which can create temporary cash-flow issues.

Teaching

Academic teaching is delivered in-house by experienced physiotherapy lecturers with specific specialist clinical knowledge and skills. Diverse teaching approaches are used to deliver an evidence based curriculum to provide a solid foundation for lifelong learning. The curriculum is delivered in many formats including:

Keynote Lectures
Small group teaching maximum 24 students
In-depth academic study
Practical      
Forum theatre
Patient interaction groups
Clinical placement
Blackboard Learn
Panopto online lectures
ASK
DDS
Hospital visits

Assessment

A variety of assessment tools are used to assess knowledge and skills including:

Written exams
Practical vivas
Practical exams
Written assignments
Clinical placement assessment record (CAR form)

Special Features

The College of Health and Life Sciences is located in the Mary Seacole Building offering a state of-the art, purpose clinical environment for physiotherapy education.

Our academic teaching is delivered in-house by experienced physiotherapy lecturers with specific specialist clinical knowledge and skills

There is an excellent range of sporting and leisure facilities on campus and Brunel featured in the London 2012 pre-Olympic and Paralympic games training camp guide. See http://www.brunel.ac.uk/services/sport for further details.

Patient focused shared learning with other allied health students and clinicians provide opportunities to engage in inter-professional learning reflective of clinical practice.

Clinical placements begin at the end of the first year by which time students are fully prepared to engage with clinical practice and benefit from direct hands-on experience.

Six specialist study blocks have been incorporated into our programme to develop awareness of specialist and emerging areas of physiotherapy. These small study blocks support our students to develop a wider perspective on healthcare provision and the physiotherapy profession.

PebblePad software is used to deliver and monitor Continuing Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) activities, preparing students for the transition to qualified physiotherapist.

Facts and Figures

Physiotherapy at Brunel has an outstanding record. The Physiotherapy BSc has been consistently rated very highly in all of the National Students' Surveys.

Physiotherapy BSc has been rated first in London since the National Student Survey began in 2010. Unistats.

Our students are extremely highly rated by clinicians in the South East; 96% of Brunel students were rated as excellent or very good on their final clinical practice placement.

Excellent student clinical performance is reflected in our employment rates which are between 95 and 100%. 100% of the 2013 cohort found employment within four months of graduating.

Brunel is an established campus-based University, with all programmes delivered on site. Campus-based accommodation is guaranteed to all first years in our well-equipped, modern student halls.

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Choose physiotherapy at Birmingham and take the opportunity to develop into a qualified competent practitioner of physiotherapy.

This will not only give you the ability to play a significant part in most healthcare teams but also be involved in the maintenance and/or restoration of movement and function in a range of client groups.

Course details

The MSc in Physiotherapy (pre-registration) is a qualifying programme for graduates with a suitable and relevant first degree. It spans two years full-time, starting in September and finishing in July. The aim of the programme is to provide a challenging and rewarding educational experience that enables students to develop as competent, evidence-based and patient-centred physiotherapy practitioners, capable of making a valuable contribution to the workplace. We are looking for applicants who can meet our academic requirements and demonstrate personal qualities that are compatible with the values stated in the NHS Constitution. Find out more on the NHS Constitution webpages.   

Successful completion of this programme awards you with a Masters degree and gives you eligibility to apply for registration with both the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Health and Care Professions Council.

This course is designed to train graduates to become practising physiotherapists and is not suitable for qualified Physiotherapists. The University of Birmingham offers an MSc programme that provides qualified Physiotherapists the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills:

This two year programme Physiotherapy masters programme is modular and is equally divided between university and clinically based settings. It has been designed around three core areas; the management of neurological, cardio-pulmonary and neuromusculoskeletal dysfunctions, with knowledge from the biomedical and psycho-social sciences recruited as required. Clinical education is spread across both years in 6-week blocks. 

Year One 

Year One modules aim to develop physiotherapy practice and clinical reasoning in the core areas of practice. An important aspect throughout the programme is the critical analysis and evaluation of physiotherapeutic concepts, skills and treatment approaches. Professional and practice aspects of physiotherapy will also be considered.

Year Two 

Year Two of the programme allows students to develop capability in managing more complex presentations and includes a greater proportion of practice-based modules. At the beginning of year two, the research project is introduced, which will become the main focus as the year progresses.

Practice Placements 

The Practice Placement modules are an important aspect of the education of a physiotherapist and are continued throughout the two years of the programme.

Practice Placement l education comprises 34 weeks of the programme and is organised into six Practice Placement modules, 2 of which take place in year 1 and 4 in year 2, to complete a total 1,087 hours of supervised clinical practice.

You will be seconded to a range of diverse and exciting placements, where you will gain a variety of experiences with a wide range of client groups, under the guidance of skilled clinicians. Each student will gain experience of physiotherapy within various clinical settings. With the support of clinical educators, students will treat patients, observe experienced clinicians and participate in all aspects of care including case conferences, ward rounds and home visits.  

Learning the teaching

As a Birmingham student, you will be joining the academic elite and will have the privilege of learning from world-leading experts, as well as your peers. From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself.

Academic blocks require attendance of 3-4 days per week. You will participate in a range of teaching styles such as lectures, small group tutorials, presentations, peer group learning, self-study etc.

You will have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors and welfare tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues.

Employability

Physiotherapy graduates have entered careers both in the NHS and private sector. They work in hospitals, in the community as well as sports clubs and the military. An increasing number of Physiotherapy graduates are working on a freelance basis alongside their work in the NHS. Some choose to pursue further studies in education, research or undertake further training.



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The MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) is a two-year and two-month long, accelerated qualifying programme for students with a suitable first degree. Read more

The MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) is a two-year and two-month long, accelerated qualifying programme for students with a suitable first degree. Graduates from this programme will be eligible to seek registration with the Health Professions Council and membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

The ability to adapt to the changing needs of the service user and changing health and social care provision in the 21st century is embedded in the curriculum of this innovative programme. The aim of the programme is to train reflective, person-centred practitioners by covering the core skills within the areas of musculoskeletal cardiorespiratory and neurological physiotherapy and integrating them within an evidence-based context. Students will develop independent learning and problem solving skills using enquiry based learning. There is the opportunity to learn leadership skills and engage in service development projects. Hands on skills and clinical reasoning skills acquired in university will be developed further through a range of clinical placements.

Course structure

The course is full time over two years and six weeks commencing January each year. There are no part-time or distance learning options.

The award for the programme is:

MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration)

The interim awards are:

  • MSc Health Studies (without the placement component)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Health Studies
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Health Studies

Year 1: Theme Professionalism

Modules may include:

  • Long-term Conditions (30 credits)
  • Physiotherapy Practice (30 credits)
  • Rehabilitation Practice with Health Promotion (30 credits)
  • Physiotherapy Professional Practice Placements 1 and 2

Year 2: Theme Management/Leadership

Modules may include:

  • Audit Research and Service Evaluation (15 credits)
  • Patient Management (15 credits)
  • Leadership and Service Development (15 credits)
  • Physiotherapy Professional Practice Placements 3 and 4
  • Research in Physiotherapy Practice (30 credits)
  • Contemporary Practice (15 credits)
  • Physiotherapy Professional Practice Placement 5

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Learning support

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.



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This physiotherapy degree seeks to educate students in the management and care of individuals with a range of long-term conditions or musculoskeletal injury. Read more
This physiotherapy degree seeks to educate students in the management and care of individuals with a range of long-term conditions or musculoskeletal injury.

Our Master's degree in Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) provides you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to manage patients suffering from a range of conditions or musculoskeletal injuries, from the acute stage through to return to sport or activity. This includes working as part of a multidisciplinary team in the care of different patients.

There is currently a high demand for provision of physiotherapists across all areas of knowledge working in different settings. This demand is from the NHS both in primary care settings and community-based provision, local authority projects, sports, and private practice.

The MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) degree is a two-year taught programme with the addition of 1,000 placement hours that must be completed during the two years. The first year of the programme will contain the taught elements of the course with the placement starting in the second year.

Why St Mary’s?

The degree is underpinned by a detailed understanding of physiological, biomechanical, anatomical and psychosocial principles. Our teaching staff have a vast amount of experience working with patients in a wide range of settings with various conditions. The structure of the course embeds placements into the programme, allowing you to bridge the gap between theory and practice.

The programme enables you to observe and work with healthcare professionals working in healthcare and clinical settings providing an insight into the demands of the profession and the roles you could fulfil upon graduating.

The Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) programme has specialised teaching rooms designed to provide students with the vast array of clinical skills required. In addition to this, there is a student clinic where experience can be gained under the supervision of experienced, qualified professionals.

What you will study

This programme is currently going through its validation process. Students can expect to complete modules such as:
-Clinical Anatomy and Assessment
-Neurological, Cardiovascular and Respiratory Conditions
-Applications of Exercise
-Rehabilitation of Musculoskeletal Injury
-Professional Practice
-Placement
-Advanced Research Methods
-Dissertation

Teaching and Assessment

Modules are taught through blended learning activities including: lectures, practicals, seminars, placements and problem-based learning. This will be delivered during intensive teaching weeks spread throughout the academic year.

A wide variety of teaching approaches will be utilised, and students are expected to undertake a significant amount of work beyond the formal contact hours. Students are expected to actively engage in teaching sessions. Attention is given to the formative process that will encourage the development of key practical skills in assessment and critical thinking.

Career Prospects

Graduates of the MSc in Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) will be eligible to apply to join the CSP, the professional body overseeing and regulating the practice of Physiotherapy in this country. They will also be eligible to apply to join the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

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The Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) MSc – previously called the Rehabilitation Science (Physiotherapy) MSc –allows you to apply for registration as a physiotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Read more

The Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) MSc – previously called the Rehabilitation Science (Physiotherapy) MSc –allows you to apply for registration as a physiotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This course is also approved by the professional body, The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

It is ideal for graduates with related first degrees who wish to gain both a professional and academic qualification and start a career in this challenging and highly rewarding field.

This accelerated course follows innovative problem-based learning approach, with an emphasis on students' active learning, engagement, and practical application of skills and knowledge in the context of real life situations. Through this balance of theory and practice experience you will graduate a capable and confident physiotherapist. 

The values of the NHS constitution – respect, dignity, compassion and working together for patients – and the recognition that patients come first in everything the NHS does are embedded in our curriculum.

Our high quality teaching and research are renowned, and have an applied focus. We have established strong links with specialist practice educators to ensure the provision of support and guidance both within the university and in practice.  

Course structure

This intensive programme runs over 45 weeks per year, for two years. Your time on the course will be balanced between campus-based study and clinical practice.

The course begins in September and consists of five campus-based modules and five practice modules. Year 1 is mainly campus-based and year 2 predominantly involves practice placements alongside the campus-based Research Dissertation Studies.

The course is delivered in a variety of ways, typically via problem-based tutorials, subject specialist resource sessions, skills workshops, and simulation in our high-tech Human Movement Laboratory, and Clinical Skills and Simulation Rooms.

Completion of the Project Studies module and the submission of a dissertation lead to the masters award.

Making sure that what you learn with us is relevant, up to date and what employers are looking for is our priority, so courses are reviewed and enhanced on an ongoing basis. When you have applied to us, you’ll be told about any new developments through our applicant portal.

Syllabus

Your study will focus on real-life situations, integrating subjects such as anatomy, physiology, pathology, therapeutic skills, behavioural sciences and research methods.

Year 1 modules

  • Physiotherapy in Health 
  • Physiotherapy in Rehabilitation 
  • Practice Placement (six weeks)
  • Neurological Physiotherapy
  • NMS Physiotherapy
  • Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy

Year 2 modules

  • Practice placements (five placements each lasting six weeks)
  • Research Dissertation

Facilities 

Human Movement Laboratory

The Human Movement Laboratory is used widely by our physiotherapy, occupational therapy and podiatry students, and is also used for commercial consultancy. 

In the lab you will use the latest technology to measure and assess all aspects of human movement, joints, muscles, soft tissue structure and nerves. The laboratory has equipment for conducting cardio-pulmonary investigations including Cosmed metabolic system and spirometry.

Clinical Skills and Simulation Suite

Our Clinical Skills and Simulation Suite is among the best equipped in the country, and is an invaluable tool for assessment and monitoring students' progress throughout the course.

You will benefit from practising nursing skills in an environment that simulates real-life professional experiences. Provided by the NHS’ South East Coast Ambulance Service, you may have access to our Simbulance, enabling you to work alongside paramedic students in an interprofessional learning environment. On board is a high fidelity mannikin with multiple uses, and a child-size mannikin for paediatric scenarios. 

Learning by simulation means you will be confident in your ability to apply your knowledge and skills in your professional life.

Problem-based learning

Our educational philosophy mirrors the philosophy of occupational therapy. We believe that an individual's positive engagement in learning activity leads to advanced productivity, increased perception of self-worth, improved quality of life and enjoyment of the course.

Our occupational therapy courses use problem-based learning (PBL), a technique recommended by authorities around the world. All subjects covered are integrated around problem-solving within a real life situation. We find that learning in this way significantly increases our students’ engagement with the subjects.

Advantages of the problem-based learning approach are:

  • Students report that they feel more motivated to learn theoretical knowledge as they can see where they can apply it to real-world situations
  • Teamworking and improved communication skills are developed, as students share their expertise and rationale behind their potential solutions
  • Students find they are more confidently able to search for information from a wider range of sources, such as journals, textbooks and the internet, and take more responsibility for learning independently
  • It encourages deeper learning, as it focuses on activities and activating knowledge in practice contexts, rather than traditional rote memory recall in a predominantly classroom-based context.

Careers and employability

This professional course prepares you to work as a chartered physiotherapist in the UK, with professional and portfolio development running from course start to finish.

Graduates are equipped for careers in the NHS and the private health sector, both in the UK and abroad.

Many graduates secure employment in the local area by developing networks through their placements.

After a period of work experience, you will also be given the opportunity to progress to PhD research programmes and contribute to the evidence base of the profession.



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The MSc in Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) is a qualifying course for graduates with a relevant first degree, providing the opportunity to undertake a physiotherapy course leading to registration at master’s level. Read more
The MSc in Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) is a qualifying course for graduates with a relevant first degree, providing the opportunity to undertake a physiotherapy course leading to registration at master’s level.

You will need to have the academic ability to work as an autonomous practitioner and be able to reason through an individuals healthcare needs. You will also need to show personal qualities and values which underpin your overall care. Strong communication and team-working skills are essential together with a compassionate and caring nature.

You will benefit from an interprofessional approach to learning with some modules shared with other health and social care students.

The course welcomes applications from home, EU and international students.

Students interested in this course are encouraged to attend an Open Day.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/physiotherapy-pre-registration/

Why choose this course?

- This two-year full-time Physiotherapy course combines robust academic development with evidence-based clinical practice. This will equip you with the skills required to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Physiotherapist and membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

- We offer a rich network of health care providers, offering excellent placement learning opportunities.

- We have a large and dedicated building in Oxford (Marston Road) equipped with state-of-the-art classroom and clinical skills simulation suites and resources.

- our courses offer excellent opportunities for interprofesional learning.

- Our lecturers are experienced in their specialist practice areas and maintain excellent practice links with those areas locally or across the region. They are able to provide a global perspective on Physiotherapy.

- Many of our lecturers have reputations for excellence and have established links with colleagues, organisations and institutions at national and international levels.

- We have a strong research profile, with experienced researchers working in established areas of cancer care, children and families, drug and alcohol, physical rehabilitation and enablement, and interprofessional education and collaborative practice.

- Oxford Brookes is a student-centred institution that is fully committed to each individual achieving their potential. To support this, we offer a broad range of student support schemes to facilitate learning and development.

- We have an excellent track record of high levels of student satisfaction, low student attrition rates and high employability.

Teaching and learning

In health and social care no professional group works in isolation. Oxford Brookes teaches a wide range of pre-qualification and foundation courses including health and social care, nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, operating department practice, paramedic emergency care, and social work. You will share your learning with students on all these other health care courses. This is a key component of the course and is essential in developing your teamwork skills, and your understanding of the other roles you will encounter in practice.

We offer a friendly and supportive environment in which to learn; we consistently receive very high satisfaction ratings for our student support and learning resources in student surveys. We have excellent teaching facilities, dedicated clinical skills suites and simulation resources, which include a very well-equipped movement laboratory, a family of computerised simulation manikins (including a simman, simbaby and birthing mother), an extensive range of anatomy models and fully networked computer rooms.

We have excellent library resources, accessible both through the web and through a range of locally-based facilities on university and NHS sites.

Information technology plays an important role in health care courses and a very extensive range of learning resources can be accessed through ‘Brookes Virtual’, an online repository of lectures, handouts, information and learning exercises.

Various teaching and learning methods are used, such as peer-group presentations, lectures and seminars, with information technology playing an increasingly important role.

Careers

On completion of the course, physiotherapists may work in units with expertise in:
- Neurology
- Respiratory care
- Orthopaedics
- Musculoskeletal conditions
- Care of the elderly
- Paediatrics.

There are also employment opportunities in professional sport, industry and private practice.

Physiotherapists are employed in an increasing range of settings in acute hospitals and in primary care settings in the community. They have the opportunity to care for a wide range of individuals, from newborn babies to elderly members of the population.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

The Centre for Rehabilitation within the Department of Sport and Health Sciences has strong leadership in the director, Professor Helen Dawes. The Centre brings together research, education and care. It is underpinned by a strong, well-published research group, the Movement Science Group, along with clinical expertise, rehabilitation, knowledge and care of adults and children with neurological conditions. Within the Centre, staff, students and alumni across the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences are engaged in a number of research projects.

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The MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration) is a full time programme that is normally completed over two years and gives you an accelerated route into the profession. Read more

The MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration) is a full time programme that is normally completed over two years and gives you an accelerated route into the profession.

Following successful completion you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council; registration is required if you wish to practice as a Physiotherapist in the UK. During the course you will undertake practice placements to give you the hands-on experience you need to begin your career. You will also study the sciences and be taught practical techniques that underpin physiotherapy.

The programme is not designed for qualified physiotherapists, however there are postgraduate courses that we offer for those who wish to further their qualifications. 

Introducing your course

This pre-registration course provides a masters degree in the science that underpins physiotherapy as well as eligibility to apply to register as a physiotherapist. The course is research-led, bringing together internationally recognised experts in research, education and clinical practice and provides an exceptional student experience.

Overview

At the core of this physiotherapy masters degree course is the exercise of clinical judgement and informed interpretation.

You will be mentored to become a better clinician, educator, evaluator and manager throughout your time with us.

You will be based at our multidisciplinary faculty, where there is a strong emphasis on collaborative learning.

There you will have the opportunity to learn from a wide range of clinical experts, as well as those who specialise in physiotherapy.

You will also be encouraged to learn both independently and also from your colleagues in order to develop your knowledge and skills.

In addition, your learning will be supported by close contact with our Rehabilitation and Health Technologies research group; giving you access to the latest scientific discoveries.

View the programme specification document for this course



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This course is aimed at applicants who have already studied for a degree and want to pursue a professional qualification in physiotherapy. Read more

This course is aimed at applicants who have already studied for a degree and want to pursue a professional qualification in physiotherapy. On this course you learn to be a highly skilled physiotherapist with an advanced level of clinical reasoning, critical thinking and reflection at one of the largest and most established physiotherapy educational departments in the UK.

Sheffield Hallam physiotherapy education is known for its high quality teaching and excellent clinical placement opportunities which has been reflected in recent National Student Survey (NSS) feedback. Your lessons take place in our purpose built modern facilities, clinical skills practical suites and you make use of our state-of-the-art technologies such as Simulation, Simman, virtual reality suits and a mock ward environment.

On this course you develop key transferable skills that enable you to become a qualified physiotherapist. In addition to this you gain a wealth of attributes such as • advanced exercise prescription • advanced clinical reasoning • leadership • advanced complex case management • shared learning in interprofessional education, and further develop your research skills while completing a piece of primary research.

The course consists of University based teaching, which includes practicals and seminars, online materials, blogs, webinars, videos, discussion forums and clinical placements in a variety of settings. An opportunity to experience physiotherapy overseas or in a highly specialised setting may be available in the final full time placement

Sheffield Hallam is known for its research and offers a vibrant community for postgraduates to work closely with experienced academics and service users to develop their knowledge and expertise. You have the opportunity to complete an advanced exercise prescription module.

Students completing this course have excellent career prospects thanks to strong links with physiotherapy providers locally and nationally. This course fosters excellent employability opportunities meaning you stand out from others with your advanced Masters level skills. Your Masters learning / advanced clinical skills and leadership qualities enables you to enhance your career pathway.

Professional recognition

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Graduates are eligible to apply to register with the HCPC and apply to become members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. You must be registered with the HCPC in order to practise as a physiotherapist in the UK.

On completion of the intermediate awards - PgDiploma/PgCertificate in Rehabilitation, you will not be eligible to apply for HCPC registration as a Physiotherapist.

Course structure

Year one modules

  • induction
  • introduction to professional practice
  • advanced exercise prescription
  • clinical reasoning in physiotherapy
  • foundation placement• intermediate placement
  • researching for practice

Year two modules

  • advanced clinical reasoning in physiotherapy
  • dissertation
  • advanced placement
  • elective placement
  • advanced complex case management

Plus one of the following specialist modules

  • concepts of learning and teaching
  • pain management
  • personalised study module
  • leadership module: leading people

Assessment

Various methods of assessment throughout the course               

Employability

Physiotherapists are employed in a variety of locations, providing opportunities in areas such as • industry • professional sport • private practice • National Health Service • education • research • working overseas.

During the course you build on a wide base of transferable clinical skills which may enable you to specialise in a specific area of Physiotherapy following successful graduation.

Opportunities to work in research in physiotherapy are expanding and many previous students have used their masters as a stepping stone to doctorial study in the UK or overseas, or teaching in higher education.

Further information on physiotherapy is available on the NHS careers web site at http://www.nhscareers.nhs.uk



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The MSc Physiotherapy course has been specifically designed to develop qualified practitioners who are proactive, flexible and able to meet the changing needs of health and social care. Read more

The MSc Physiotherapy course has been specifically designed to develop qualified practitioners who are proactive, flexible and able to meet the changing needs of health and social care. This MSc develops physiotherapists who are critical thinkers and independent learners with entrepreneurial and problem solving skills.

Highlights

>Shared campus with one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK.

>This course is taught in partnership with Kingston University. You will benefit from a large, multi-faculty experience combined with the health science expertise offered by St George’s, University of London.

>Opportunity to learn anatomy by prosection and dissection of cadavers.

>The course includes 30 weeks of clinical placement.

>Interprofessional education: Shared learning alongside all other MSc postgraduate courses and both pre and post registration students.

>Access to the Graduate School.

This qualification is awarded by St George's, University of London and delivered by the School of Rehabilitation Sciences in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, a partnership between Kingston University and St George's.

Modules

Year one

The main focus is on the foundation skills of physiotherapy, using a problem-solving approach it will draw on some of the year two modules of the BSc Physiotherapy and integrate with existing Master's level modules on reflective practice and psychology for exercise and health.

Year two

You will study the broader concepts of clinical practice and the preventive and innovative role of physiotherapy to meet changing health and social care needs. You will share modules with year three BSc and postgraduate professionals in order to further develop critical thinking and leadership skills in an interprofessional environment.

Studying

You will benefit from the support of a personal tutor, peer group learning and a range of web-based learning materials and online discussion forums. Teaching also takes place in our specially designed rehabilitation skills labs.

Self-directed study

You will study an area of interest in depth, developing research and presentation skills and gain insight into possible careers.

Clinical placements are undertaken in a variety of healthcare environments including acute NHS hospital trusts, community based services, mental health trusts and private hospitals. The supervised hands-on experience is an essential opportunity to put theory into practice.

Careers

Chartered physiotherapists provide essential healthcare services to people of all ages. Assessing an individual’s ability to move and return to normal activities following an acute injury, illness or for someone living with a long term condition.

Good physiotherapists need excellent communication skills, along with a scientific background, a passionate interest in patient care and the promotion of good health.

The approach combines physical (therapeutic exercise) with a psychosocial approach to facilitate a return to functional independence and a normal lifestyle. Working in multidisciplinary teams and practising within a variety of settings, helping people of all ages in a wide variety of settings, such as:

> intensive care

> mental health

> stroke units

> rehabilitation centres

> sports and leisure facilities

Successful completion of this course will mean you can apply for registration with the Health Professions Council and membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Application

Applications are made through UCAS. To find out more information about the process and our deadlines, please visit our website.



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