PTY-40102 - Principles and practice of joint and soft tissue injection
Coordinator: Kim Major Room: MAC1.24 Tel: +44 1782 7 34420
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Level: Level 7
Credits: 30
Study Hours: 300
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective






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Description for 2023/24

To develop a critical understanding of the use of injections in the management of joint and soft tissue pathology.
To develop professional responsibility towards injection practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes

synthesise their knowledge of pharmacology related to joint and soft tissue injection with management principles for musculoskeletal patients to ensure safe, effective practice: 1,2
critically analyse the evidence related to joint and soft tissue injection: 1,2
evaluate the professional issues related to the practice of injection therapy and use this to guide and inform their developing scope of practice: 2
demonstrate knowledge and application of safe practice for joint and soft tissue injection in the clinical setting: 3

Study hours

Student Study Hours: 300 total hours of which 24 hours are class contact.
Students will be expected to undertake self study and group project work to prepare for informal presentations during the second block of teaching. This will involve some formative feedback to help prepare for the assessment.
The student will undertake a period of clinical supervision in an appropriate clinical setting (e.g. one 4 hour clinic / weekly for 6months), where they will be able to undertake supervised assessment of patients to establish their suitability for injection therapy and demonstrate safe and effective application in a minimum of 10 cases.

School Rules

This module is aimed at practicing health care professionals who wish to develop their scope of practice to offer injection therapy to their patients.
Candidates should normally have a first or second class honours degree in a relevant subject and/or a recognised professional qualification.
Candidates must have up to date registration with the appropriate professional UK body (e.g. Health and Care Professions Council) indicating eligibility to practice in the UK and evidence of up-to-date public liability insurance (eg as part of Chartered Society of Physiotherapy registration).
A letter of support from the prospective student's manager and a clinical mentor will be required upon application for the module.

Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 50%
An assignment in a negotiated topic area related to the student's interest in the field of joint and soft tissue injection: 2,000 words.

2: Portfolio weighted 50%
A portfolio containing evidence of formal training/education, experiential learning, critical incidents, reflection and discussion of learning experiences; and showing evidence of critical thinking and appraisal related to injection therapy and practice. 3,000 words plus appendices.

3: Competence weighted 0%
Evidence of 10 successful injections, assessed and verified by mentor
An online submission recording a minimum of 10 successful injections, assessed and verified by the student's clinical mentor.