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Long Term conditions and Vocational Case Management - Single Module

Level 7 (30 Credits)

School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Sport, Exercise and Physiotherapy

Start Date(s): February


Four months


Part-time - £1,260 per 30 credit module

In Brief:

  • You will develop a critical awareness the relationships between work, health and wellbeing for a range of long term physical and mental health conditions
  • You will have the opportunity to critically examine and develop vocational case management principles and practice for the effective and integrated rehabilitation of people with complex long term physical and mental health conditions
  • You will have excellent opportunities to network with specialists in occupational and vocational rehabilitation
  • NHS funding available
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

You will develop a critical awareness of the relationships between work, health and wellbeing for a range of long term physical and mental health conditions and how they may contribute to disability in the workplace.

You will critically examine strategies to improve or maintain health and wellbeing of people with complex long term physical and mental health conditions within the workplace. You will develop your skills to enable you to build effective relationships with clients and colleagues to facilitate optimal work-related outcomes. You will be encouraged to share practice and explore together ways in which your practice can be enhanced.

You may find it useful to focus your studies within this module on something that is relevant and applicable to your own working context.

Entry Requirements

Applicants will be required to have one of the following:

  • an honours degree – normally a 2.2 or above,  in a relevant subjec
  • an equivalent academic or professional qualification from the UK or elsewhere

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

Unfortunately, we cannot accept international students on this module.

Suitable For

If you work with (or want to work with) individuals who are struggling to stay in, return to, or enter the world of work due to ill health, injury or ongoing physical, mental or social obstacles…. then this course is for you.

This may include (but is not limited to) physiotherapists; occupational therapists; nurses; sports rehabilitators; occupational health practitioners, vocational rehabilitation practitioners; exercise professionals; psychologists; counsellors; social workers; case managers; employment advisors; human resource professionals, managers of people etc.

Applicant profile

Applicants should be enthusiastic individuals seeking to develop their critical thinking skills and keen to challenge and improve practice. They may currently work in teams or independently, having different roles within occupational and vocational rehabilitation. But no matter how large or small they see their role, they must want to improve their ability to learn and collaborate effectively in practice; to provide co-ordinated and integrated services that meet the occupational and vocational needs of those they are working with.

We are looking for individuals who are keen to use research evidence to develop their knowledge and their functional and intellectual capacity in this complex and specialist area.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£1,260 per 30 credit module


The course is delivered through:

  • Face-to-face taught sessions on-campus
  • Online learning through our virtual learning environment

You will explore the course material via lectures, engagement in tutor and peer-led group work, and study in our virtual classroom. You will also receive support in setting up and familiarising yourself with relevant IT and media resources.  

You will also have the chance to participate in academic tutorials via email, telephone or Skype. And you will have full access to our online library resources and other student support services.

You will also be assigned a personal tutor who will act as a mentor and guide for the duration of your journey through the programme.


Portfolio assessment: (100%)
The focus is negotiated between the student and the tutor; culminating in a range of evidence allowing the student to tailor the assessment to their own context and demonstrate that they have met the learning outcomes of the module, using theoretical and/or practice examples to underpin their work.

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Rachel Martin (Module Leader)
Rachel is a HCPC registered occupational therapist and senior lecturer at the University of Salford, who holds a Masters degree in sociology. She has a background in mental health practice, with skills in assessing and treating a range of mental health conditions that impact on all aspects of function, including work. She has a particular expertise in stress and disability management and enabling individual’s to develop the coping strategies and skills to sustain emotional and mental wellbeing, productivity and function. She has over 20 years’ experience in developing and delivering uni and multi professional training at CPD, foundation degree, undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Her Seek profile is at:


Career Prospects

The occupational and vocational rehabilitation practice industries are constantly evolving and placing ever greater importance on evidence based, cost effective and efficient service provision by those who are adept at solving complex problems and thinking critically and creatively to achieve best results. This course will enhance your cognitive abilities and effectiveness in inter-professional collaboration and these skills and attributes make you very attractive to an employer. 

Hence this course will suit you if you want to either progress in an industry area that you already have experience in, re-skill for a different career path or continue the studies you took as an undergraduate.

Links with Industry

Guest speakers provide a valuable contribution to the course, and bring a real world perspective to the academic delivery of the modules. These sessions allow you to mix with professionals from industry, to make connections, set up placements and conduct research.

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