Contemporary and Emerging Issues in Physiotherapy Practice


Project Description[edit | edit source]

This project has been developed by year 4 students on the BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy programme at Queen Margaret University as part of their Contemporary and Emerging Issues in Physiotherapy Practice module. The module aims to allow you to study, in depth, areas related to physiotherapy which impact directly on your professional practice. Within this module you will have the opportunity to discuss and debate key issues relating to physiotherapy practice which are identified as being topical and important in relation to health and physiotherapy practice.

Objectives[edit | edit source]

This project aims to fulfil the following module learning outcomes:

  1. Critically analyse and evaluate the key issues relating to a specific area of contemporary physiotherapy practice (this must include consideration of the evidence base).
  2. Analyse 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.
  3. Reflecting on the findings from L2, work collaboratively and creatively in small groups to produce an online learning resource for peers relating to the selected area of physiotherapy practice.
  4. Provide and respond to constructive formative feedback for peers during the development phases of the online resource.

Project Dates[edit | edit source]

September 2015 to March 2016

Course Instructors[edit | edit source]

Cliona Purcell and Amanda Stears

Instructions to Students[edit | edit source]

As a group you will be creating a selection of pages in Physiopedia related to contemporary and emerging issues in physiotherapy.

All groups will produce an educational resource which can be used by your peers (senior physiotherapy students) and/or qualified physiotherapists. The Physiopedia resource could take the form of an in-service training manual, or a self-study package. Groups will be allocated a broad topic area at the start of the module and will work with their supervisor, to narrow the focus of their topic over the course of the module. The choices you make as you go through the module will affect further decisions about content, language and presentation. For your Physiopedia resource you should remember the importance of providing a high-quality resource which will be available to your peers, where the emphasis is on critical engagement with appropriate literature rather than producing an extensive repository of information. You should identify 2 to 3 learning outcomes for your resource and it should not require the learner to be studying in excess of 10 hours. It will be a real product that can be used by your peers, and that has a purpose beyond the needs of this assessment. These pages are public in Physiopedia and can be used to educate and inform others, think of it as a group project to create an up-to-date evidence based resource.

You will be in groups and allocated a topic. Your task is to construct, or update a wiki page on Physiopedia. Please follow these instructions:

  • Explore Physiopedia - Spend some time exploring the Physiopedia website. Look through all the links in the navigation bar on the left side of this page. Have a look at some of the great information in the Content section and find the User Tutorials as they will be of great help to you during the course of this project.
  • Request an Account - To edit Physiopedia you need to have a Physiopedia account. You can request an account here (please state that you are part of the QMU project). Once you have requested your account you will be sent an email where you will be asked to confirm your email address. Once you have done this your account request will be assessed and activated. This process may take up to 48 hours.
  • Login to Physiopedia - Once your account has been activated you will be sent an email with your login details and a link to your Profile page. When you login you will see that some new tabs appear in the top right of the page that allow you to Edit, Watch and Create pages as well as look at their History and related Discussion page. Take a look through these tabs to see the new options that you have.
  • Create Your Profile - Now that you are familiar with navigating Physiopedia it is time to practice some editing. To do this you should spend some time to create your user profile. To navigate to your Profile page click on your name (top link under Personal Tools) in the navigation sidebar. Click the Edit tab and you will see an editing interface appear, take a look around all the options that appear in the editing toolbar to see what they all do. Once you are familiar with this edit the bio that has automatically been entered on your page and add some more information about yourself, add a profile image and make a link. You will find the User Tutorials helpful here. Remember, this is a great place to keep an updated online profile throughout your career, your future employers may be looking so be professional! Find the Evidence - Search for, appraise, and synthesise research evidence on your topic.
  • Develop Your Page - Develop your page in Physiopedia. You may be creating a new page or reviewing and updating/improving an existing page. This should be an evidence based article so remember to add references (please use the correct referencing system utilised by Physiopedia and the <R> function from the editing toolbar). Consider also including hyperlinks to other webpages, images and videos as these all add to the value of your page.

Key References[edit | edit source]

  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. 2010 CSP Vision for the future of UK Physiotherapy. CSP:London.
  • Department of Health. 2008. A High Quality Workforce: NHS Next Stage Review. DoH: London.
  • Department of Health and Skills for Health. 2008. Modernising allied health professions (AHP's) careers: a competence based career framework. DoH: London
  • Scottish Government. 2007. Better Health: Better Care Action Plan. The Scottish Government: Edinburgh.
  • Scottish Government. 2012. AHP's as Agents of Change in Health and Social Care - The National Delivery Plan for the Allied Health Professions in Scotland, 2012-2015. The Scottish Government: Edinburgh.
  • Skills for Health. 2009. Strategic Plan 2010-2015. Skills for Health: London.

Articles[edit | edit source]

Listed below are the resources which were created using GoogleSites as part of this module in 2013 - 14.

Listed below are the resources which were created using GoogleSites as part of this module in 2014 - 15.

Listed below are Physiopedia sites for 2015-16:

Listed below are the Physiopedia sites for 2016-17: