Single Module Level 7

Advanced Musculoskeletal Practice (Level 7, 30 credits)

School of Health and Society

Attendance

Part-time

Course

Two semester

Next enrolment

September 2021

Introduction

In a nutshell

This module is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of appropriately qualified healthcare professionals in the field of musculoskeletal (MSK) medicine.

It is suited to those those who wish to enhance and further their skills in musculoskeletal practice and those who wish to develop as First Contact or Advanced Practitioners. 

The emphasis of the module is on evidence-based, patient-centred approaches with a focus on the development of advanced clinical reasoning and decision making in MSK practice. You will have to opportunity to enhance your existing practical skills, refine your clinical reasoning using a case-based learning approach and build a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your achievements. You will need to be working with a suitable MSK caseload during the module to allow the development of evidence to be presented within the assessed portfolio.

You will need to be working with a suitable MSK caseload during the module to allow the development of evidence to be presented within the assessed portfolio.

Please see the 'What you need to know' section for full details of entry and application requirements. 

 

You will:
  • have the opportunity to enhance your existing practical skills
  • refine your clinical reasoning using a case based learning approach
  • build a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your achievements
Course details

All about the course

The module will cover:

  • Person-centred communication and the biopsychosocial assessment (including relevant frameworks), screening tools and outcome measures.

  • Work – screening, fit note, empowering patients to return to work.

  • Persistent pain in MSK – assessment and treatment.

  • MSK screening including red flags and masqueraders in identifying non-musculoskeletal causes.

  • Types of imaging, imaging request and interpretation, common blood tests and pharmacology used in MSK screening.

  • Practical assessment of the respiratory, cardiovascular systems and abdomen – including masqueraders, differential diagnosis, referral pathways, medical management and surgical options.

  • Practical assessment and diagnosis of the spine, upper limb and lower limb - including validity, reliability, specificity, and sensitivity of testing, MSK treatment options, medical management, surgical options.

  • Rheumatological presentations – assessment and differential diagnosis, treatment, medical management and surgical options.

  • Clinical reasoning and reflection – clinical reasoning models, case studies and portfolio development.

  • Simulation – practicing advanced practical skills, decision making and clinical reasoning in simulated scenarios using high fidelity simulation and virtual reality.

     

How is the module delivered? 

The module is delivered over 8 taught days, with additional personal tutor and peer group support time to discuss case studies and develop portfolio documentation.

The module is taught via a combination of flexible online (live and pre-recorded) and practical sessions, including the use of high-fidelity simulation. Individual tutor support for portfolio development is also available. Contact hours will be Wednesdays for students starting in September 2021.

Government advice related to COVID may mean we will need to vary the methods of face-to-face teaching and assessment.

 

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

Assessment: 

The module has two linked components of assessment:

Portfolio Submission (20% of total marks) including

  • Mapping of evidence to relevant MSK Core Capabilities Framework.
  • Completion of case studies from MSK practice demonstrating core capabilities and advanced clinical reasoning and integration of relevant evidence base.
  • Evidence of competency in specific required skills relevant to the profession and context.

This portfolio will form a strong base for those who wish to continue to build to First Contact Practitioner, Advanced Clinical Practice and Consultant Practitioner level via a portfolio route, a taught MSc route or through a patchwork approach.

Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) (80% of total marks) including

  • Professional discussion of case studies submitted in the portfolio, to assess clinical skills and reasoning, utilising an appropriate evidence base.

The School of Health and Society

The School of Health and Society is a forward-thinking, dynamic school with a commitment to lifelong learning and real world impact.

Our courses are informed by the latest research and we work closely with organisations from both the public and private sector to ensure our teaching is at the forefront of practice.

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What about after uni?

This module will enhance your skills and clinical reasoning in musculoskeletal practice, supporting specialising in this area of practice. It will contribute to your skills as a First Contact, Advanced Clinical or Consultant Practitioner, should you wish to follow these career paths, and will contribute to recognition in these specialist roles  via a portfolio route, a taught MSc route or through a patchwork approach.

 

Career Links

We work with over 100 health and social care organisations so our links with industry are very strong. These relationships will be of direct benefit to you because our academic team work in practice in some of these organisations at a senior level so are able to keep you at the forefront of developments in the sector which in turn help you provide a better service.

Requirements

What you need to know

This module is aimed at: 

Qualified Health Care Professionals registered with a recognised statutory body (i.e. HCPC or General Osteopathic Council) with a special interest in advancing their MSK skills.

You will need to be working with a suitable MSK caseload during the module to allow the development of evidence to be presented within the assessed portfolio.

Please complete the application form, and send to applications@salford.ac.uk 

 

    Entry requirements

    Previous study and experience

    • Qualified Health Care Professionals registered with a recognised statutory body i.e. HCPC or General Osteopathic Council.
    • You will need to be working with a suitable MSK caseload during the module to allow the development of evidence to be presented within the assessed portfolio.

     

    How much?

    Type of study Year Fees
    Part-time 2021/22 £1,350 per 30 credits
    Part-time 2022/23 £1,380 per 30 credits
    Additional costs

    You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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    Enrolment dates

    September 2021

    September 2022