HSPT608 – Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 1

Module code
Module title
Physiotherapy Clinical Practice 1
To prepare for, and undertake physiotherapy clinical practice, and integrate basic theory and practical skills to assess and treat clients in a healthcare setting under supervision.
  • HS1901
NZQA Level
Level 6
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Enhanced
Learning hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Teaching and Learning Strategy
May include: Project-based Learning; Flipped Classroom; Blended Learning; Work-integrated Learning; Inclusive Practices.
Methods may include workshops and practical classes, tutorials, case-based learning, inquiry-based learning, group activities & discussion, supported online learning, e-portfolio, practice simulation.
Learning Outcomes
1. Perform a competent and culturally-responsive physical examination and intervention for a client presenting with a selected simple clinical problem.
2. Apply basic skills in clinical reasoning in conducting the clinical examination and making clinical decisions.
3. Communicate and collaborate effectively with clients, whaanau, and other healthcare providers.
4. Demonstrate reflective practice and self-assessment in the clinical setting.
5. Demonstrate professionalism and an evolving appreciation of the role of the physiotherapist.
The module introduces full-time clinical practice and assessment and treatment of clients presenting with simple mixed clinical problems.
This module will include clinical practice (minimum of 90 hours across the semester)
Preparation for clinical practice induction
For each physiotherapy clinical practice module content will include:
Clinical application of basic skills in history taking to selected simple client problems
Clinical application of basic physical examination skills to selected simple client problems
Clinical application of basic intervention skills to selected simple client problems, including treatment modification and progression
Clinical application of basic clinical reasoning skills, including making appropriate assessment and management decisions
Clinical application of culturally responsive oral and non-verbal communication skills
Clinical application of written communication skills, including documentation of client data
Direct experience working in a healthcare team and contributing to the team
The multi-faceted role of the physiotherapist
Skills in oral presentation
Educational value and components of a case report
Clinical application of basic skills in safe and evidence-based general physiotherapy practice
Skills in self-review, reflection and peer review of clinical performance
Health professional behaviour and responsibilities
Cultural responsiveness in clinical practice
Assessment Criteria
Evidence Portfolio including Clinical Assessment - this assessment must be passed to pass the module.
Students need to provide evidence against all learning outcomes and gain an overall mark of 50% to pass this module.
Students must complete a minimum of 90 hours of clinical practice to be eligible to complete the Clinical Assessment.

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