Physiotherapy students from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh have recently contributed four new evidence based articles to Physiopedia under the theme ‘Current and Emerging Roles in Physiotherapy Practice’. This project has been developed by second year students on the MSc (pre-registration) Physiotherapy programme in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the module ‘Current and Emerging Roles in Physiotherapy Practice’. The aim of the module was to prepare learners for emerging physiotherapy roles in response to changing healthcare needs, evolving contexts of delivery of practice and government health targets. Students worked in groups to build shared articles under each of two main themes: management of enduring conditions where students explored the role of the physiotherapist in public health and self-management and service design and delivery where students considered recent changes in scope of physiotherapy practice as well as the skills and attributes necessary for successful private practice.
This project aimed to fulfil the following module learning outcomes:
- Critically evaluate and synthesise the key issues drawn from the literature, relating to an emerging area of contemporary physiotherapy practice
- Identify and justify the knowledge, skills, behaviours and values which are required by physiotherapists to be effective in undertaking a specified role within the selected area of contemporary physiotherapy practice, both now and in the future.
- Use appropriate software to construct evidence of continuing professional development.
We are particularly impressed with the depth of investigation that the students have undertaken to produce four extensive evidence based articles on Obesity, Multiple Sclerosis, prescribing rights (a current hot topic in the UK) and starting up in private practice. We welcome these contributions, hope that the physiotherapy community will find them useful and look forward to further contributions in future years. Take a look at their articles:
- Management of long-term conditions – physical activity, public health, prevention, treatment, maintainence, aging and health
- Management of long-term conditions – self-management strategies
- Service design and delivery – private practice; leadership; entrepreneurship
- Service design and delivery – changes in scope of physiotherapy practice
Thank you students of QMU!!
The Jackson Clinics, a Gold Physiopedia Sponsor, has just announced the new Project that they are running in Physiopedia for their Residents, The Jackson Clinics Residency Project. The expectation for these projects is that they are extensive and a comprehensive review of all available literature on Resident Directed Community Service Learning.
- Complete 32 hours of “Resident Directed Community Service Learning” which will be to create two articles for Physiopedia on a topic that has yet to be created, expand a stub article, and/or edit an existing article.
- First Article: The resident will create one lower quarter disorder article during the first six months
- Second Article: The resident will create/expand/edit an upper quarter disorder article during the last six months.
- If 32 hours of “Resident Directed Community Service Learning” has not been reached with the two articles as described about, the resident is encouraged to create, expand, and/or edit existing physiopedia articles of their choice.
- All articles should be highly referenced. They should be written at the level and profiency of a clinician at the fellowship level.
We are looking forward to collaborating with The Jackson Clinics and their Residents on this Project and hope that this may lead the way for collaborations with other Residency programmes in the USA.
The Physiotherapy Pain Association (PPA) is the Professional Network of the UK`s Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and part of its recently formed NeuroMusculoskeletal Alliance. They are actively forging working relationships with the North British Pain Association (NBPA), The British Pain Society and the World Congress of Physical Therapy (WCPT). We are pleased to announce that they are collaborating with Physiopedia to supervise and contribute to the development of the Physiopedia Pain section. Martin Hey, Chair of the PPA says that they “intend to populate the site with practical, credible and thought-provoking information on the science of pain, its assessment and management.” The PPA are very much hoping that you will watch this space over the coming months and beyond and ultimately find it a useful point of reference…..and if you do, we hope you will guide your colleagues towards it!
See the PPA Project page to read more…
If you are an educator that is about to set about supporting a Project in Physiopedia here is my advice for making it all a bit easier for yourself. My main recommendation for anyone supporting a student project in Physiopedia is to become familiar yourself with making edits to pages. The best way to do this is by editing your own Profile page in Physiopedia to include links and images. If you need help with any of this you can refer to the User Tutorials.
It is also worth becoming familiar with creating new pages, adding them as links to your Project page and adding a Templates to those new pages for the students to work from.
- For creating new pages – See creating pages tutorial
- If you would like to use a Template for your project just let me know and I will set one up for you. For adding Templates – see adding Templates tutorial.
- For making the links on your Project page – see making links tutorial
After editing your Profile page it is a good idea for you to create an Article in Physiopedia which you can direct your students to as a standard that you would like to see. See the articles from the Texas State Project as an example of some great Articles, they even created their own images and videos!
Then before your students get to work on creating the Articles that you tasked them with it is beneficial to have a familiarisation session in a computer lab. Use this session to go through editing their Profile pages and getting familiar with editing pages, just as you have done following the advice above. These sessions have been proven to be very beneficial in several previous projects and is always something that the students ask for in their feedback.
If you and your students become familiar with editing Physiopedia in this way at the start of your Project the whole experience will become a much greater experience instead of a technological challenge!
Having proven itself as a valuable place to share student work we are gearing up for the new semesters with plans of new projects. The first is from Queen Margaret University (QMU) in Edinburgh, UK and the second is a collaboration with Morphopedics from Marymount University in the US.
Led by Dr Judith Lane, the project from QMU has been developed for second year students on the MSc (pre-registration) Physiotherapy programme at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, UK, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the module ‘Current and Emerging Roles in Physiotherapy Practice’. The aim of the module is to prepare learners for emerging physiotherapy roles in response to changing healthcare needs, evolving contexts of delivery of practice and government health targets. Read more at the project page…
Morphopedics, led by Dr Jason Craig, is a wiki that parallels the Orthopedics Courses at Marymount University and is used as a resource to enhance learning of orthopedics. Morphopedics aimed to change the traditional learning model into a much more fluid transition of learning with the flow moving from faculty to student, from student to student and from student to faculty. Morphopedics invites everyone involved in the orthopedic class to share their insights and the fruits of their research as we all move towards the goal of becoming more skillful practitioners. In 2011 Jason offered to merge the clinical syndromes that have been produced on Morphopedics by their orthopedic students with the content on Physiopedia. Read more at the project page…
If you would like to find out more about the Projects in Physiopedia have a read of our Projects page, and if this motivates you to enquire about doig your own project in Physiopedia you can discuss it with rachael by email.