This clinically focused module aims to develop students’ knowledge and skills in the holistic management of patients with upper quadrant musculoskeletal disorders. The module emphasizes the development of expertise within the musculoskeletal field and as such adopts a clinical reasoning approach to patient management.
This approach is designed to encourage the development of sound, effective and reasoned clinical practice. Throughout the course there is a strong emphasis on manual skills and mentored clinical practice allowing the student the chance to develop confidence and expertise in the management of musculoskeletal disorders. The course embraces and integrates the many diverse approaches currently employed in the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal patients and in this way encourages student’s innovation of thought and practice.
This module can:
- increase students’ confidence in the management of musculoskeletal disorders;
- develop students’ clinical expertise within the musculoskeletal field;
- provide students with the opportunity to learn from service users in the University setting and to receive specialist teaching from a variety of experts within the field of clinical practice;
- support and encourage students in the use of specialist equipment available in the movement laboratory.
- The existing approaches to assessment and management of upper quadrant musculoskeletal disorders;
- advanced clinical reasoning skills;
- the different pain mechanisms and explore issues of assessment, physiology and psychology within clinical practice;
- the psychosocial issues associated with upper quadrant dysfunction;
- how to manage patients with upper quadrant dysfunction;
- how to justify the selection of approaches to patient management in order to facilitate intervention planning, progression and modification;
In addition to this students will have the chance to develop:
- a deep and extensive knowledge of the current theories, approaches and research evidence which underpin contemporary manual therapy practice;
- a comprehensive range of manual therapy skills;
- clinical reasoning skills essential to advanced practice including reflection, analysis, self-evaluation and evidence-informed practice;
- research methodologies and their application;
- how to critically appraise the current evidence base for clinical practice;
- communication skills essential for specialist roles and for working within a multidisciplinary team;
- the assessment and management of neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction;
- the importance of clinical outcome measures in the development and justification of professional knowledge and clinical practice.
How will this course be taught
This module utilises a variety of teaching strategies and learning approaches. Core material will be delivered in interactive lectures and tutorials, which will be synthesized in a practical workshop and student led seminar setting. Peer learning and self-directed learning as learning strategies will be facilitated and encouraged throughout the module. The use of patients will integrate the students' clinical and theoretical knowledge within the process of clinical reasoning. Practical skills will be closely supervised to enable students to make the best use of their self-directed practice sessions.
The students will be encouraged to utilise MOODLE as an etool for distance learning to facilitate meaningful discussion on key topics.
Seminars/Lead lectures – 100 hours
Self-guided student activity – 100 hours
Total activity – 200 hours
- Applicants must have a professional qualification in Physiotherapy
- At least 1500 hours of post-graduate clinical experience in the neuromusculoskeletal setting
- An IELTs score (or equivalent) of 7.0
- HCPC registration
- CSP membership
- Coursework 1: 2500 word essay (60% of module mark)
- Coursework 2: 30 minute practical viva (40% of module mark)
How will this course enhance my career prospects?
The course can contribute to students’ professional development by advancing clinical and communication skills. Successful completion of this module can enhance students’ employability allowing them to move into higher positions within the field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy with the potential to influence clinical practice and service delivery. Research carried out at the university has shown that within 4 years of successful completion of the MSc course graduates have progressed within their chosen career (Green & Perry, 2008).