PP06 - Pre-Course Activities


These pre-course activities will help to prepare you for taking part in the course.  By completing them you will know that you are ready to participate in the course and have had access to all the pre-course information.

All the activities below must be completed before the course starts.

Joining Instructions

Just in case you didn't get the joining instructions by email, you can see them here.

Read the course information

Please make sure that you have thoroughly read through the course information page as this will give you an understanding of the context of this course and what is expected of you during your participation in this course.

Course information

Watch the welcome videos from the ICRC course organisers

Claude Tardif is the head of Physical Rehabilitation Services and Barbara Rau is Physiotherapy Co-ordinator at ICRC.

Complete the pre-course competency tool

Competence is defined as “the possession of the necessary skills, knowledge, attitudes, understanding and experience...required to perform in professional and occupational roles to a satisfactory standard within the workplace” (Day 1995).  The purpose of completing this self-rating form is to help guide your learning process during this course. 

Completion of this competency tool is a requirement for completing the course!

Complete the competency tool

Once you have completed this competency tool set yourself some learning objectives for the course.  These are your own personal learning objectives.  Try to make them SMART objectives.

Sign up to the discussion forum

Make sure that prior to the course, you have signed up to the course Discussion forum.  This is where discussions will take place each week in relation to the topics of that week.  You will need to be part of the forum so that you can contribute to the discussion.

Sign up to the Discussion Forum here

Participating in the discussion forum is a requirement for completing the course as this is where a lot of learning takes place.  Please contribute responsibly and professionally and adhere to our discussion forum rules:

  • Remember patient confidentiality! Do not disclose any information that enables us to identify your patients.
  • Be respectful and empathetic to those where English is not their first language.
  • Remain professional at all times.

The discussion forum is going to get very busy!  Please do not try to read ALL the comments that are posted because if you do you will become completely overloaded.  Here are our discussion forum tips:

  • What is most important is to make sure that you contribute to the forum with your thoughts, knowledge and questions so that others can also learn from you.  
  • Make specific responses to people by typing in their name so that they will get alerted to any responses that they may get.  
  • Spend the time that you have availabe reading some of the conversations that you find interesting and new.
  • Feel free to form small groups in which to have discussions.

So to get us started, before the course starts introduce yourself to each other. Post a short summary which tells us where you live, whether you are a physiotherapy student, clinician or other, how much experience you have with amputees and what you hope to get out of this course.

Add your discussion post here

Read up on the ICF

During this course we will expect you to be familiar with International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF).  ICF is a classification of health and health-related domains. As the functioning and disability of an individual occurs in a context ICF also includes a list of environmental factors.

Optional additional ICF resources:

You may also wish to explore these additional resources on the ICF (this is not required).

Familiarise yourself with the work of ICRC

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have created this course as a way to effectively train their international workforce. They are inviting you to join the course to make it a universal learning experience. Find out more about ICRC and their physical rehabilitation programme by reading the three short documents below:

Optional additional resources on the ICRC:

If you are interested learn more about the ICRC by exploring some of these resources:

Familiarise yourself with the work of the course sponsor, C.R.Equipements

We are very grateful to C.R. Equipements for the funding that they have provided that has eneabled us to make this course happen.  Find out more about our valued course sponsor:

Founded in 1987 in Tannay, near Geneva, Switzerland, C.R. Equipments has been working since 1992 for the ICRC and other humanitarian organisations. It exports its prosthetic and orthotic products to more than 70 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that specialise in orthopaedic activities, located in some 25 countries, mostly in Africa, S-E. Asia and Latin America.

Visit the C.R.Equipements website

Get your copies of the course text books


Prosthetic Gait Analysis for Physiotherapists

This is the course textbook from ICRC which will be available to all participants of the course.

Access the book here

Alternatively you might be interested in having your own copy of the book.

Download your own FREE copy here


Therapy for Amputees

This course textbook has kindly been provided by Elsevier and will be available to all participants of the course for FREE for the duration of the course. Please bear in mind that this book is fairly old so use it critically in addition to all the other resources that we will point you at.

Access the book here

Alternatively you might be interested in having your own copy of the book.

Buy with 20% discount from your local online Elsevier store (not available in all regions)

Buy PDF version for £4.99 direct from Physiopedia