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On completion of this subject, students will demonstrate an advanced level of safe and effective delivery of clinical practice in an area of a professional speciality. They will extend on existing knowledge and skills to an advanced level as a practitioner, communicator, collaborator, leader, health advocate, scholar and professional in this area. Teaching approaches will include critical observation of advanced practice and clinical practice in specialist clinics, working with a range of clients with complex conditions, critiques of video recordings of a range of clinical activity, observing specialist physiotherapists in practice, mentoring, role modelling and providing feedback to peer physiotherapists. Students will develop advanced skills in assessment, diagnosis, prevention and therapeutic interventions, as well as engage with up to date, ethical and resource efficient practice, which they will critically evaluate. They will demonstrate an ability to create therapeutic alliances with clients and communicate outcomes effectively with relevant others, including those from other professions. They will employ multiple learning strategies to complete a Practice Portfolio that will show evidence of: highly developed clinical expertise as judged by senior clinicians; completion of online modules; mentoring and educating junior and peer clinicians; role modelling; advanced clinical reasoning and achievement of all learning outcomes set for the subject. Students will share their knowledge with their colleagues through engagement with discussion board and will be encouraged to present their learning to colleagues both locally and internationally.
Students will have 6 months from the time of enrolment to complete all subject intended learning outcomes and assessment tasks, including a clinical examination to a satisfactory standard that demonstrates a high level of competency in their clinical practice.
Intended learning outcomes
- Demonstrate advanced clinical decision making and perform therapeutic interventions in a skillful and safe manner, adapting to changing clinical circumstances
- Integrate patient information, data from appropriate outcome measures and research knowledge to design optimal client centred, safe and effective interventions to optimize therapeutic outcomes
- Analyse adverse events and considers the risks and benefits of all assessment and intervention methods, prioritizing and predicting modifications as required when working with clients with complex conditions
- Present as a role model and mentor of junior colleagues, sharing evidence informed clinical knowledge and skills consistent with advanced practice
- Adapt communication to meet evolving situational needs of clients, carers and colleagues
- Effectively demonstrate advanced expertise as a clinician in interdisciplinary contexts and collaborate with colleagues from other disciplines in the evolution of management plans
- Apply a process of continuous quality improvement to practice, including health surveillance activities to ensure access to best practice health care for clients from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
- Consider costs and sustainability in the strategic selection of resources in provision of optimal healthcare and business outcomes
- Apply contemporary evidence informed practice to all aspects of clinical practice
- Demonstrate a commitment to the profession by adhering to regulation and standards
- Demonstrate accountability to clients, society and responsibility for the profession
- Recognize practice uncertainty and knowledge gaps and generate focused questions and effective solutions to address these
- Oral and written communication skills
- Use of evidence informed practice in critical reasoning and clinical decision making
- Person centered, culturally responsive and safe practice
- Ability to apply ethical principles in their clinical practice
- Self-reflective and self-regulated learning behaviours
Last updated: 3 November 2022