HSPT742 – Specialist Physiotherapy Practice

Module code
Module title
Specialist Physiotherapy Practice
To explore advanced, specialised and emerging areas of physiotherapy practice and cases of complex disorders, to conduct a systematic review of the literature and evaluate its impact on current and future clinical practice.
  • HS1901
NZQA Level
Level 7
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. Critically evaluate professional, safe and skilled practice to specialist areas of physiotherapy clinical practice.
2. Analyse own clinical reasoning and critical thinking in advanced and specialist physiotherapy practice.
3. Analyse and apply advanced skills in health communication in a culturally responsive manner.
4. Critique current and future advanced practice in a local and international context.
5. Undertake a systematic review of the literature in a specific topic in physiotherapy practice and explain the relevance of the review for current and future practice.
Advanced clinical reasoning and practice will be applied in; intensive care, burns management, hand therapy, management of whiplash, dystonia, oncology and palliative care, rheumatology, gender health and emergency department physiotherapy, bariatric clients and chronic pain disorders
Effective and safe application of skills and knowledge related to physiotherapy clinical practice of selected conditions and complex clients
Advanced concepts in clinical communication including culturally responsive conflict resolution skills and motivational interviewing
Advanced and specialist physiotherapy practitioner roles in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally – current and future
Skills related to undertaking a high level and robust systematic review of literature relevant to a chosen topic
Evaluation of outcomes in context of its meaning for current and future physiotherapy practice
Assessment Criteria
The portfolio is comprised of multiple components.
Students need to provide evidence against all learning outcomes, and gain an overall mark of 50% to pass this module

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