PTY-30048 - Physiotherapy Management of the Complex Patient
Coordinator: Victoria L Pearsall Tel: +44 1782 7 34557
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 231
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2021/22


Available as a Free Standing Elective





Barred Combinations


Description for 2021/22

This module forms part of the BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy programme at Keele which is an innovative, integrated programme which prepares the graduate for clinical practice in changing health and social care settings. The module builds on content introduced in Year 1 and 2 and develops the student's practice in complex cases.
The programme reflects the shifting emphasis away from increasing the quantity of care towards enhancing the quality of care, moving away from a medical disease model towards a health model based on personal responsibility and prevention of disease. The student will study in campus based settings and a variety of practice settings. During the Practice Experience modules students will be supported by experienced practice educators who will assess the practice component of the programme.
Successful graduates of the three year programme are eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

This module aims to:
1. Develop and advance underpinning theory, knowledge and skills.
2. Enable the student to clinically reason and effectively manage individuals with complex rehabilitation needs; advancing their clinical decision making skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Synthesise and apply underpinning knowledge in the management of complex cases: 1
Analyse and synthesise assessment findings, including differential diagnosis to formulate a clinically reasoned problem list: 1
Propose and justify an effective management strategy in a complex patient scenario, within the context of current research: 1
Promote patient function, activity and participation in complex cases: 1
Discuss and rationalise safe and effective adaptation of physiotherapeutic assessment, treatment and handling skills within the context of a complex patient scenario: 1

Study hours

63 tutor led hours which may include lectures, workshops, tutorials etc. and assessment preparation.
9 hours associated practice experience.
78 hours independent study.

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Oral Exam weighted 100%
Oral examination
Sixty minute oral examination (including 30 mins preparation time and 30 minutes oral examination) based on an unseen case scenario. The examination will include analysis of the assessment findings presented and an interactive discussion of the formulated problem list and appropriate treatment strategy relevant to the complex case making use of the current evidence available.