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Botulinum Toxin Injections for Spasticity Management | PPH701 | Level 7 (Postgraduate) | Credits 15 | 2020/21
Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education
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Botulinum Toxin Injections for Spasticity Management | PPH701 | Level 7 (Postgraduate) | Credits 15 | 2020/21
01/03/2021 | Available
01/03/2021, 02/03/2021, 03/03/2021, 05/05/2021, 06/05/2021, 07/05/2021
** Applications will ordinarily close 28 days before start date of a course.


Botulinum toxin type A (Botox, Dysport) blocks the release of a neurotransmitter known as acetylcholine from nerve cells. Acetylcholine normally transmits nerve impulses to muscle cells, causing them to contract. Without acetylcholine, the affected nerve is unable to send a signal to the muscle it supplies, resulting in a weakened or paralysed muscle. The effect of Botox injections is restricted to the area being treated.

This module has been specifically designed to enable appropriate health professionals to undertake injection therapy using botulinum toxin for the management of patients/clients with limb spasticity or dystonia regardless of the form of botulinum toxin used in their trust. Learners will be supported in developing their skills and techniques in clinical reasoning, injection administration and after care to provide a comprehensive management approach.

The module aims to introduce students to the theory and practice of injection therapy as well as to develop their ability to clinically reason and integrate the use of injection therapy as part of their management of patients/clients with neurological dysfunction. The module consists of two main components. The first component will introduce students to the theory and practice associated with the use of injection therapy and the second component will be a period of mentored practice in the clinical environment.


Who is this module for?

Suitable for physiotherapists and other relevant healthcare professionals.


Programme entry requirements
In addition, written confirmation will be needed from:
• The employer/Trust showing their support for the participant to undertake the module.
• Designated medical practitioners (DMP) who meets eligibility criteria for medical supervision and who has agreed to provide the required term of supervised practice.


Objective structured physical examination (OSPE) and portfolio

Learning Outcomes
  1. Discuss critically the clinical significance and rationale behind Botulinum Toxin injection therapy and the mechanisms of the drug actions, and the possible interaction of the Botulinum Toxin with other body systems to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively according to guidelines for injection. Apply effective and comprehensive examination and assessment of patients across the life span, and evaluate their suitability for Botulinum Toxin and maintain an appropriate and comprehensive recording system.
  2. Critically evaluate and clinically reason the suitability of patients with neurological dysfunction for Botulinum Toxin injection Therapy.
  3. Apply and critically appraise the evidence underpinning the Botulinum Toxin injection therapy and the clinical significance of potentially serious Botulinum Toxin interactions, taking account of the evidence-based practice and national/local guidelines.
  4. Critically analyse the contribution of different rehabilitation strategies post Botulinum Toxin injection and ensure critical monitoring of responses to Botulinum Toxin for different conditions, and apply knowledge of Botulinum Toxin actions and interactions in order to modify treatment or refer the patient, as appropriate.
  5. Evaluate and challenge practice within a framework of professional, legal accountability and ethical issues underpinning injection therapy for Botulinum Toxin within the health professions.




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Name: Anne-Marie Hassenkamp

Self Funding: £984.00

*Trust Commissioning and Trust Non-contract funding same price as above

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