Physiotherapy A science based healthcare profession
Emphasises use of physical approaches in:
Social well being
Taking into account the individuals changing health status
Programme equips you with:
Essential for clinical practice in changing healthcare market
Broad scope of practice
Healthcare delivery settings
You must satisfy the general entry requirements for a first degree programme and have obtained GCSE passes at grade C or above in Mathematics and a science (or equivalent). All candidates are required to pass a medical examination and undergo a Pre-Employment Consultancy Check. Additional selection methods may used.
Grades BBB for GCE applicants to include one science subject from Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics. Plus satisfactory performance in selection test (see below).
Irish Leaving Certificate
Grades BBBBB at higher level, to include two subjects from Maths, Physics, Biology or Chemistry.
End of January each year on University campuses
Allied Health Professional applicants
Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)
Results valid for 2 years
Application alongside UCAS process
Details available on university website http://www.ulster.ac.uk and http://www.hpat.org.uk
All applicants must complete the ACER test to be considered for entry to University of Ulster Allied Health Profession programmes
Batchelor of Science (Honours) Degree programme
3 year course
Formal lectures and practical sessions
The successful student will undertake intensive study, approximately 27 hours per week
Ongoing progressive home study is essential equal to that spent in lectures and practical sessions
Students will undertake a research dissertation as part of their course
Dress code for practical sessions
Lectures and practical sessions delivered by a diverse teaching team including:
Visiting physiotherapy lecturers
Conditions commonly encountered as a physiotherapist
Respiratory conditions; these include chest, heart and lungs
Neurological conditions e.g. CVA, MS, GBS
Moving and handling of patients
To become a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (MCSP) 1000 hours of supervised clinical practice must be completed
1060 hours is built in to the programme over 5 clinical placements of 6 weeks in duration
Assessment of learning include written and practical examinations
A portfolio of learning is recommended, this is an important reference for later registration and/or employment
Provides evidence of ongoing learning
Continual Professional Development (CPD)
Post Graduate courses
? 10 % of salary devoted to courses
Membership of clinical interest groups
Subscription to journals
Physiotherapist work areas
National Health Service
Community based rehabilitation programmes
Physiotherapist work areas
Important aspect of physiotherapy
Private health insurance companies require 2-5 years post graduate experience
Sports medicine is defined as:
Prevention of injury and illness
Diagnosis and treatment of injury and illness
Rehabilitation and return to active participation in sport
Relates to the athlete, sport, sporting equipment and diagnostic instrumentation (Peterson and Rentr öm, 1998)
Sports Medicine Team
Gender verifiers *
Sports Medicine model – professional sport The players agent also features prominently in athlete-coach interaction Doctor Dietician Psychologist Others Podiatrist Masseur Physio Trainer Athlete- Coach
Work with athletes to enable them to compete at the highest level.
Participate in pre-competition screening.
Education of athletes and coaches - injury risks.
Love thy sport – understand the demands
Identifying potential risks so reduce injury
Organise treatment equipment, kit and supplies.
Effectively assess and treat injuries part of team
Time for assessment is short
Tennis allows 180 seconds for assessment and treatment.
Rugby allows PT’s onto the pitch without stopping play.
GAA games must be called on to the pitch by ref.
Refer to medical specialists or emergency services if required.
Provide basic first aid.
Keep accurate records of injuries and treatments given.
Three Specific Times
Before the game/competition
During the game/competition
At the end of competition
Gather information on the size of the team and the nature of the competition
Make contact with coaches/managers.
Identification of any medical problems that any of the athletes may suffer from - asthma.
Organise equipment required for every eventuality (telephone)
ASSESS THE LOCATION
Quality and ease of access to medical facilities.
Locate physiotherapy facilities/training ground.
If travelling to another country - voltage, health hazards i.e. water and food, vaccinations required, voltage.
ONCE YOU HAVE ARRIVED
Locate emergency/first aid equipment
Is there an emergency plan
Other physiotherapy/medical personnel
Check out the timetable
Set up a treatment area
Liaise with coach/manager to prioritise any pre competition treatment and taping
High level of awareness.
Assessments of injuries, fast and accurate.
Maintain accurate records of treatments given and injuries received.
Initial / early management will influence long term outcome
Continue to assess and treat injuries.
Possible onward referral.
Post-event discussions with athletes and coach, manager.