University of Birmingham Physiotherapy
Modules are centred on the practice of physiotherapy with the relevant theoretical aspects underpinning these. Practical skills are developed through practice on your peer group. Exploration of various topics relevant to your development as a health professional, such as; practical and study skills, professional codes of conduct, cultural competence, psychosocial basis of patient-centred care, will be taught in the first year. A four-week block of clinical experience will take place mid-way through the year, helping to integrate theory and practice.
This year introduces you to social aspects of health and illness, and continues your studies in professional development. You will build upon your first year modules, developing knowledge and skills in cardio-respiratory, neurological, musculo-skeletal physiotherapy and research in practice. Two six-week clinical modules during the year enhance your clinical reasoning skills.
Your third year focuses on issues related to the context of health care. Research skills are refined in your project. Modules in this year will expand your knowledge of wider practice and complex integrated care. Three clinical placements, ranging from 4 weeks to 8 weeks in duration, take place in year three.
Practice education modules occur across all three years of the programme and assessment of your practice education is continuous.
Learning within the clinical arena is an important and compulsory part of the course. All students have to successfully complete a minimum of 1000 hours of practice education during the programme.
You will be allocated to a range of diverse and exciting placements, where you will gain a variety of experiences with a wide range of client groups, under the guidance of skilled clinicians.
Placements vary as to the experience offered; you may work within the hospital environment, in community-based environments such as clinics or schools, and within the independent and voluntary sectors. You may experience a variety of working practices including extended hours and seven-day working.
You will carry out an elective clinical placement to develop learning and experience diversity in practice between your second and third year.