This course is suitable for physiotherapists, GPs, doctors, occupational therapists, podiatrists, nurses and other allied Health professionals working in orthopaedics, rheumatology, neurological and musculoskeletal patient management. It brings together the theory, practice, evidence, safety, ethical and legal aspects of injection therapy that enhances interdisciplinary working, professional development and reflective practice.
Routes are offered for both neurological injection (botulinum toxin) and joint and soft tissue injection (steroid injections). There are some joint sessions as well as both subject specialist theory and practical sessions with experienced, clinically based tutors to guide and support you throughout.
PROGRAMME AT A GLANCE
Course content includes:
Rationale for musculoskeletal/ neurological injection therapy
Clinical reasoning and diagnostics
Pharmacology; pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of relevant medicines
Prescribing and administration of medicines; legal and ethical implications
Communication and consent issues for injection therapy treatment
The course runs over 5 taught days with a three-day block and a two-day block to facilitate easier release from work.
Most of the students completing this course are current NHS employees. We work closely with local NHS Trusts to support training and development and SLA funding is available through the CPD agreement. Please ask your manager for details if you are an employee of a local NHS Trust.
There is currently no legal obligation to have completed a specific training programme to practice injection therapy as an AHP. However, it is considered to be good practice by the relevant regulatory bodies to have a formal qualification such as this, which demonstrates good theoretical knowledge , practical skill and ability to consider best practice through evaluation of the evidence base for injection therapy practice.
LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT
The course is delivered in both the classroom and specialist practical teaching rooms.
There are two assessments for this course. The first requires 10 injections which are assessed and signed off by your nominated mentor in practice as well as a reflective case based assignment (3000 words).