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  • 1. MSc Neurological Physiotherapy Faculty of Health and Life Sciences X
  • 2. Introduction This course is open to HPC registered physiotherapists who wish to develop and extend their knowledge base and professional expertise in the field of neurological physiotherapy. The course will enhance student’s career opportunities and prepare students for specialist roles within neurological physiotherapy such as extended scope practitioner, clinical specialist and consultant therapy posts. Course Philosophy The course builds upon student’s current knowledge and experience to facilitate an in-depth exploration of neurological physiotherapy. It is underpinned throughout by evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning to ensure the development of a sound, effective and reasoned approach to practice. Some of the modules are shared between physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and nurses, thus reflecting the interprofessional nature of the practice of neurological rehabilitation. The clinical component of the course offers students the opportunity to apply, test and expand their University-based learning in the clinical setting, under the guidance of a mentor, allowing the student to develop confidence and expertise in the management of neurological disorders. On completion of the course the student will have: • A deep and extensive knowledge of current theories, approaches and research evidence which underpin contemporary neurological physiotherapy practice within an evidence based framework • A developing expertise in a comprehensive range of neurological physiotherapy skills • The ability to engage with and explore theoretical issues in relation to neurological physiotherapy knowledge and practice • A high level of clinical reasoning skills essential to advanced practice, including reflection, analysis and self evaluation • A sound working knowledge of research methodologies and their application • Expertise in the assessment and management of neurological dysfunction. 1
  • 3. Course Structure The course has been designed to meet the needs of physiotherapy graduates through a flexible modular structure with students choosing a pattern of enrolment and timescale of study to suit their professional needs. The course is organised as a series of modules each carrying a certain amount of credits. The course requires students to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Neurological Physiotherapy (120 credits) and go on to complete a research dissertation which will then make them eligible for Master of Science (180 credits). There are currently two routes through the programme. The full-time route takes a minimum of one year and one term to complete; the part time route takes a minimum of two years and two terms to complete. Attendance at the University for the full-time route is on two days a week, the part-time route usually being one day a week. In acknowledgement of the differing needs of students the clinical component of the course is offered either as a clinical placement or a work based learning module. Mandatory Modules The postgraduate diploma comprises of six modules, the mandatory modules are outlined below. A full description of the option modules can be found in the option module handbook. Course Modules M Level points awarded Developing Expertise in Physiotherapy 20 Research Methodology, Design and 20 Methods Clinical Practice or Work Based 20 Learning MSc Neurological Two of the following modules: 40 Physiotherapy The Neural Control of Human Behaviour in Health and Disease The Principles of Neuro-rehabilitation Injection Therapy Plus one further option module 20 Total PgDip 120 Dissertation 60 Total MSc 180 2
  • 4. On the full time route the modules (exclusive of the dissertation) are normally all completed within one year, with attendance on two days. On the part time route the modules may be completed in two years (exclusive of the dissertation) with attendance on one day per week, however, on the part time route students have up to four years to complete their studies. A typical modular timetable is provided below: Tuesday (Year I - Part-time route) Thursday (Year II – Part time route) Semester I Research Methodology Neuro-rehabilitation (Autumn) Developing Expertise in Physiotherapy Semester II Neural Control of Human The Reflective Practitioner with a (Spring) Behaviour in Health and Disease Practice Context (Option) Research Methodology Semester III Clinical Practice in Neurological Physiotherapy 3
  • 5. Outline of Modules Developing Expertise in Physiotherapy The aims of this module are to enable students to understand the professional context of Physiotherapy and the nature of physiotherapy expertise. Students will consider the development of physiotherapy from the perspectives of both the profession and the individual therapist. The module encourages each individual practitioner to consider his or her own current and future development within the context of the broader professional picture. The module content covers tools for development such as reflection and evidence based practice, clinical reasoning, physiotherapy knowledge, novice and expert continuum, CPD. Research Methodology, Design and Methods The aims of this module are to examine the philosophical basis of research and to critically appraise different methodological approaches, designs and methods used in health and social care research and related fields. Qualitative and quantitative approaches are explored. The module develops the student’s ability to produce a detailed research proposal of relevance in their field of professional practice. The importance of ethical, social, political and economic aspects of research will be considered. The skills acquired during this module will provide students with a general approach to problem solving that is transferable to other situations. Research Methodology, design and Methods uses a blended learning approach. This means that the module delivery uses a combination of CUOnline, workshops, online discussion groups and a module reader prepared by the module tutors. The workshops are held regularly throughout the module concentrating on interprofessional discussions and support for assignments. Between workshops study is self-directed, guided by the reader and CUOnline sessions, and further supported by small group on-line discussions. This enables students to work at their own speed and convenience, increase the potential to experience a range of research and discipline perspectives and makes weekly classroom attendance unnecessary. 4
  • 6. The Neural Control of Human Behaviour in Health and Disease Building upon each student’s individual experience, this module aims to facilitate the development of an advanced practitioner in the field of neurorehabilitation, through the exploration of the neural control of human behaviour in health and illness. The existing and developing evidence base in the fields of cognitive neuropsychology and motor control will be explored and applied to clinical practice. Critical evaluation of the informing sciences, will allow students to develop an in depth understanding of the implications of neural damage on function, the resulting changes in human behaviour and a greater insight into the patterns of clinical presentation. The Principles of Neuro-Rehabilitation The aims of this module are to provide students with the opportunity to critically appraise the contemporary process of neurological rehabilitation, and apply theoretical knowledge to the management of their own practice. An exploration of the philosophy of neuro-rehabilitation, and a comparative evaluation of rehabilitation strategies in this field will assist in the development of an in- depth understanding of the principles of neuro-rehabilitation. Various aspects of the rehabilitative process will be considered, studying these factors within a multidisciplinary environment will ensure relevance of the module content to students’ clinical practice. Injection Therapy The module firstly aims to introduce the theory and practice of botulinum toxin injection therapy, as used by neurologists and within the extended scope of practice of chartered physiotherapists. Secondly it aims to develop the ability of students to clinically reason and to integrate the use of botulinum toxin as part of their management of patients presenting with neurological dysfunction. This will be based on an understanding and critical analysis of the evidence for this management approach in clinical practice. 5
  • 7. Outline of Modules Work based Learning This module has been designed to an individual to develop a proposal for a work based project that will lead to a change or development in practice, commensurate with the responsibilities of an advanced practitioner. This module aims to enable the student to critically evaluate current practice, adopt a reflective and critical approach to their work and move their own practice forward. By developing the intellectual skills necessary to advance their own clinical practice, they will be able to meet the challenges of the more advanced professional and contribute to continued development of the profession. Research Dissertation This module provides an opportunity for the student to propose, design, conduct and report on a research project of relevance and with potential benefit to their named area of study. It enables the student to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the philosophy and principles of research and show competence at each stage in the research process. The module makes an important contribution to the research training provided in the Master’s degree. In addition, it enhances the students’ ability to deal with complex issues systematically and creatively and engenders self-direction and originality in tackling problems. Clinical Practice in Neurological Physiotherapy The aim of this module is to synthesise the theoretical and practical components of the student’s course, developed through the core physiotherapy module and the specialist modules. It consists of 300 hours of mentored practice where students have the opportunity to work alongside expert clinicians who will act as their mentor throughout the placements and who will facilitate the consolidation and development of their skills in the integration of theory to practice. The students will consider a clinical issue of interest that will enable them to attain breadth and depth of knowledge and a high level of skills in clinical reasoning. The clinical placements are very flexible and as long as the required number of hours and assessments are completed in one calendar year the format of the placements can be arranged to suit the student, their workplace and the mentor. Assessments There are no formal written examinations in this course, all modules being assessed by coursework assignments. 6
  • 8. Entrance Qualifications This course is open to applicants who are HPC registered. , Students whose first language is not English will normally be asked to meet the standard requirements for University entrance at this level, which are: TOEFL (paper based) 600, TOEFL (computer based) 250, IELTS 7.00. Support for overseas students is available thought the International Office and the English Academy. Admission will be by interview, in addition to the written University application form supported by two references. Telephone interviews can be offered for overseas applications. Testimonials of Graduates ‘I think I can actually justify what I do, it gives me a lot of grounds in terms of evidence… and satisfaction that you are working to some parameters and not carrying on traditional things all the time.’ ‘It broadens your awareness.’ ‘For me it’s given the confidence to challenge practice.’ ‘Its just made everything more interesting again… I needed to learn something new, I needed to do something new and I feel now that I’m thinking on a completely different level… you look at things differently… there are more options.’ ‘More treatment options or applying evidence… now you’ve got more to bring into the situation.’ ‘One of the important skills we’ve learned is how to learn.’ ‘The whole culture of health care is changing so much that I think having a Master’s is maybe going to help me; enable me to change with it a bit more easily.’ ‘I think I’ve seen more avenues open to me than I did two years ago.’ Students with Disabilities We welcome students with disabilities. We recognise that education is a right for all who can benefit from it and that students with disabilities have an equal right of access to higher education. Our staff also recognise that individuals with disabilities are the best source of expertise about themselves and their needs. All students with disabilities should be able to participate as far as is reasonably practical in the educational and social activities we make available. Such students should be encouraged to expect equal treatment as individuals and that they and their work will be recognised solely on the basis of their quality. For information please contact the Disabilities Office on 024 7688 8029 or e-mail disoff.ss@coventry.ac.uk 7
  • 9. Further Information Information correct at the time of press, may be subject to change. If you wish to receive any further information regarding the course please contact: Admissions and Marketing Faculty of Health and Life Sciences Coventry University Priory Street Coventry CV1 5FB Telephone +44 (0) 24 7679 5959 Email hlsgen@coventry.ac.uk www.coventry.ac.uk International Office Coventry University Priory Street Coventry CV1 5FB UK Tel: +44 2476 152152 Fax: +44 2476 152175 X
  • 10. The phoenix, the symbol for Coventry University, is a mythological bird that represents continuous self-creation, opportunity and abundance. Admissions and Marketing Faculty of Health and Life Sciences Coventry University Priory Street Coventry CV1 5FB Telephone +44 (0) 24 7679 5959 Email hlsgen@coventry.ac.uk www.coventry.ac.uk X