This course is for qualified physiotherapists and aims to improve your practice by developing your assessment skills and clinical reasoning. You explore ways to measure the effectiveness of your clinical practice as well as issues such as collaborative practice and engaging patients.
All modules focus on elements of clinical practice, and we encourage you to apply your learning to the setting in which you work or wish to specialise. Assessments are designed to replicate the challenges you may face within the workplace. This offers an authentic experience and the opportunity to develop skills that are directly transferable to practice.
The course helps to improve your employment prospects and can enable you to lead clinical teams or work in teaching or research.
You learn from enthusiastic tutors including academics who have physiotherapy research published in peer reviewed journals. This includes Dr Stephen May, who is an internationally renowned physiotherapist who has contributed to several well known textbooks including the key text on the McKenzie Approach 'Lumbar Spine: Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy'.
Distance learning study
A key feature of this course is that modules can be studied as distance learning or as university-based teaching. Distance learning allows you to study from any location in the world, and at times that are convenient for your work and life commitments.
To aid your professional and clinical development we use a range of online learning and teaching activities, such as interactive tutor and peer group discussions. Experienced tutors also provide regular personal guidance and feedback.
• presentations • practical assessments • vivas • written assessments
Full-time 18 months
Part-time – three to six years
Distance learning – three to six years
Postgraduate certificate core modules
Advancing clinical reasoning
This module develops your clinical assessment, communication and reasoning skills to enable you to incorporate and address wider factors within your assessments. This enables you to devise appropriate and targeted treatment and management strategies for your patients.
Improving clinical effectiveness
This module furthers your ability to identify, evaluate and select the most appropriate management strategies for your patients ensuring greater evidence-based, safer and more effective clinical services.
Optimising therapeutic outcomes
This module helps you develop a detailed understanding of personal, cultural and professional factors that might influence the effectiveness of your management strategies.
Postgraduate certificate options
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This module explores the science and dimensions of pain and pain behaviours; it introduces emerging approaches for the management of pain and discusses how to effectively apply pain management principles to clinical practice.
Neurological pathology and management
This module explores a range of neurological pathologies and develops both the physiotherapeutic approach and the wider psychosocial management for patients with neurological conditions.
Concepts of learning and teaching
This module explores the theory and practice of learning and teaching and can be applied to both the education of healthcare professionals and educational programmes designed for patients. You explore how adults learn and consider different ways of structuring and delivering learning and education.
Personalised study module
This module allows you to tailor your studies to your own learning / professional development needs. You discuss your priorities with your academic advisor and identify the content and assessment task for the module; there will be the opportunity to attend a range of study days within this module or focus your studies within your own working context.
Postgraduate diploma core modules
Improving therapy services
This module is relevant to all therapists regardless of role / level of responsibility and aims to increase your understanding the structures and frameworks governing how you work. You are encouraged to identify areas of your practice that may benefit from improvement. Methods of service evaluation are explored in addition to the theories, models and human factors related to service change and improvement science.
Project design and planning
Having the necessary skills to manage a project of any scale is essential for its successful outcome. This module supports the development of project planning as well as the identification of your own development needs to bring about successful project management. You learn to understand and apply appropriate processes and methodologies, in the design and preparation of a research project or service evaluation/improvement.
Postgraduate diploma options
These are specialist modules that develop your knowledge and skills in the assessment, identification and purposive management within an area of practice. After completing the taught element, you are encouraged to apply your learning to your own practice and/or complete supervised clinical experience with Sheffield Hallam tutors to further develop your clinical skills.
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Contemporary musculoskeletal rehabilitation
This module enables you to develop your clinical skills and apply critical evaluation of the literature in the management of musculoskeletal movement disorders. You enhance your understanding of the patient's role in their own recovery and apply relevant contemporary musculoskeletal approaches to your practice.
Advanced practice in neurological therapy
This module facilitates advanced understanding of CNS function, damage and recovery. You develop advanced practical and clinical reasoning skills within neurological rehabilitation.
Advanced practice in cardiorespiratory therapy
This module facilitates your knowledge and skills as a therapist in the management of patients across a spectrum of respiratory conditions and clinical settings. You develop advanced clinical reasoning skills and critical reflection within cardiorespiratory rehabilitation.
Sports injury management
You learn about how to reduce the risk of injury in different sports, rehabilitate athletes following injury and manage their return to full competition. The module is practically focussed and the supervised clinical experience may be taken in professional sport, with a national level team and/or within a sports injury clinic.
You conduct an investigation relevant to your practice. This can be either an evaluation of a clinical service, a piece of primary research or a literature based project. You are encouraged to conduct a project that informs your practice. You are supported by a supervisor and a module team through online collaboration and communication.
You typically need an approved degree in physiotherapy with work experience. If you don't have relevant work experience, you typically need a 2.1 or above or equivalent.
International students need one of the following
No work experience is required.
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