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HL50141: Sports physiotherapy in practice II

[Page last updated: 03 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department for Health
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Academic Year
Modular (no specific semester)
Assessment Summary: CW 100%, RS 0%
Assessment Detail:
  • Portfolio (CW 100% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • Residential (RS 0%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: Before taking this module you must take HL50137
Learning Outcomes: After taking this unit the student should be able to:
1. Develop a learning action plan that identifies opportunities and strategies to address professional learning needs
2. Contribution to the learning and professional development of other members of the multidisciplinary team within the sports setting
3. Communicate with audiences of different sizes and compositions, such as colleagues, professional physiotherapy bodies and professional bodies of sport, in the delivery of Sports Physiotherapy services within a multidisciplinary team at practice, program and strategic levels
4. Participate in discussion (this can be in electronic format if required) of new information and potential changes at local, national and international level
5. Provide an example of a non-clinical channel of communication, e.g. a business plan that justifies the need for sports physiotherapy in a specific context, demonstrates financial planning and includes marketing strategies, a report for relevant authorities, such as insurance companies
6. Reflection of significant event analysis relating to field experience with professional practice issues, for example practice in a variety of unpredictable situations, transporting necessary equipment when travelling, adapting intervention strategies for use in different environments (clinic, tour transportation, home, training, competition)

Aims: The aim of this unit is to enable the student to establish a critical, reflective and evidence based approach to practice through development of a professional practice portfolio. It is designed to build professional leadership, communication and networking skills. It will explore professionalism issues and management strategies for best practice in service delivery and resource management.

Skills: Knowledge and understanding (Taught, facilitated and assessed)
Engage with professional bodies of physiotherapy and sport and the international context and requirements of multidisciplinary Sports Physiotherapy practice;
Intellectual skills (Taught, facilitated and assessed)
Information synthesis; self direction and originality in problem solving; integration of clinical and non-clinical components in physiotherapy practice; reflection on learning and practice
Professional practical skills (Facilitated)
Apply safe, ethical and legal sports physiotherapy practice to athletes in different sporting contexts; apply knowledge and understanding from different sources and relevant theory to practice; support multi-disciplinary colleagues; professionalism and management; provide sports physiotherapy services to a clinic or team.
Key skills
Plan and manage independent learning (Taught and facilitated)
Communicate skills (Taught, facilitated and assessed)
Critically reflect on and develop practice (Taught, facilitated and assessed)
Advise and influence strategy and policy (Taught and facilitated)
IT skills (Taught and facilitated)

This topic emphasises the importance of continuing professional development to ensure quality of service provision, collection of information and ongoing evaluation of practice. Examples of this include peer evaluations, client views, audit and critical reflection of significant event analysis.
Mentor and networking develops interpersonal skills that provide positive interactions with clients and co-workers, including professional leadership in the working environment by encouraging others to strive for excellence, and by providing and supporting opportunities for their learning. It also applies the principles of change management to facilitate the development and implementation of best practice in sports physiotherapy.
This topic addresses the synthesis and evaluation of current evidence for best practice in service delivery and resource management, including non clinical skills and communication. It also provides a link between professional issues and sports experience in the field.
Note: To evidence workplace learning, students will be provided with specific practice reflection and evaluation frameworks, proformas for reflection on significant incidents and peer review audit tools. The developed portfolio of evidence will be presented and expressed against specific learning outcomes.
A specific Experiential Verification Certificate (EVC) will be required from each practice base or sporting environment in which workplace learning is evidenced. It is envisaged that submission of an EVC will be required for 1-2 practice bases which underpin experiential learning in this Unit.

Programme availability:

HL50141 is a Stage Required Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department for Health


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