Lower Quadrant is designed for qualified physiotherapists who want to further develop their skills in the assessment and management of patients with musculoskeletal dysfunction of the lumbopelvic spine and lower limb. The module will focus on research informed patient centred care of acute and chronic musculoskeletal dysfunction resulting from disease, trauma and surgery. There will be an emphasis on advanced clinical reasoning and examination, to select, justify and evaluate management strategies. It is an expectation that you will have MSK experience and an existing caseload of patients with lower quadrant dysfunction, to facilitate consolidation and application of learning for the assessment process. You will be encouraged to utilise self-evaluation and reflection of your own and others practice, to actively engage in evaluation of relevant research and facilitate transformative practice.
The aim of this module is to build on your existing knowledge and skills, to facilitate a critical approach to musculoskeletal physiotherapy theory and practice, from an evidence-informed perspective and to apply advanced clinical reasoning and practical skills to the assessment and management of lower quadrant dysfunction.
Teaching will be a blend of on-line delivery requiring access to a reliable PC & internet connection, plus practical classes that will take place in a newly refurbished lab at College Lane Campus, Hatfield
Anatomy, biomechanics, pathology & pathophysiology
Advanced clinical reasoning
Skilled practical assessment and management of lower limb and lumbopelvic MSK conditions
Critical consideration of evidence to enhance practice
Patient centred care within a biopsychosocial model
Holistic practical assessment and management of articular, neural and muscle dysfunction
This module is equivalent to 300 hours of student effort including 11 taught days and 1 assessment day. All applications are considered on a first come, first served basis. Once the module is full the application portal will close, so early application is advised.
All teaching days are normally 9am – 5pm, students are expected to attend all teaching dates
Thursday 28th September 2023, Online
Friday 29th September 2023, Online
Monday 30th October 2023, in person (on campus)
Tuesday 31st October 2023, in person (on campus)
Monday 20th November 2023, in person (on campus)
Tuesday 21st November 2023, in person (on campus)
Monday 8th January 2024, in person (on campus)
Tuesday 9th January 2024, in person (on campus)
Wednesday 10th January 2024, in person (on campus)
Monday 19th February 2024, in person (on campus)
Tuesday 20th February 2024, in person (on campus)
Online submission of narrated presentation Monday 11th March 2024
On campus practical assessment Tuesday 16th April 2024
Refer/Defer Assessment Dates:
Online submission of narrated presentation Wednesday 10th July 2024
On campus practical assessment Monday 22nd July 2024
Qualified Physiotherapists with BSc Honours in Physiotherapy (or equivalent) qualification and at least one year’s post-qualification experience in a musculoskeletal physiotherapy setting, currently working in an appropriate area of practice. Physiotherapists who undertake work-based/clinical skills modules should have HCPC registration (or equivalent).
The assessment is a combination of a narrated PowerPoint presentation (submitted on-line) and a practical examination (OSCE) (taken on campus).
Knowledge and Understanding
Intellectual, Practical and Transferable Skills
What our students say:
“A great module, . Thank you for your expertise. I feel inspired to do more modules”
“I have really enjoyed the module as a whole; it has developed my practice exponentially.”
“Teaching is practical based and interactive, definitely useful to clinical practice.”
The module is led by Laura Eccott. Regular contributors include Andrea Moulson, Dr Hubert Van Griensven, Dr Mindy Cairns, Dionne Ryder, Kate Montgomery, Dr Brad Neal, Claire Small, Rebecca Christenson, Lewis Rawson and Matt Low along with other clinical and research experts.