Physiotherapy PGCert

 
  

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Qualification
PGCert Physiotherapy
Duration
1 year full-time. 2-4 years part-time.
Entry requirements
A first degree in Physiotherapy or a related Health Care subject of at least a 2.2 classification or equivalent, with a minimum 2 years of clinical experience
Other requirements
International students whose first language is not English are required to have the following English language qualifications before they can register on an academic programme. Please note that should you require registration to the HPC the English Language proficiency standard required is IELTS score 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in each element) or the equivalent. International students will be required to have occupational health clearance, supply a declaration of good character and health form certified by their current employer and undertake governance training in order to undertake insight/observational visits. Please note if vaccinations are required, these will be at the student’s own expense.
IELTS
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
September
Campus
Nottingham City Hospital
School/department
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.
 

Overview

This course is for therapists and related healthcare professionals looking to enhance their clinical skills, professional knowledge and critical appraisal abilities as part of their career development.
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This PGCert Physiotherapy course is open to all therapists and related healthcare professionals who want to enhance their clinical skills, professional knowledge and critical appraisal abilities as part of their ongoing career development. It is ideal for those wanting to conduct hands-on clinically focused research without the commitment of undertaking a research-only degree.

Within a stimulating climate of evidence-based practice and internationalisation, the school gives you access to world-class facilities and a unique opportunity to learn from experts; many of whom are internationally published and highly respected in their field.

The course is grounded in critical analysis and reflective practice, equipping you with the skills to evaluate contemporary professional practice. Students can undertake the generic award of PGCert Physiotherapy, or select from one of two specialist pathways. These are:

  • Advancing Neuromusculoskeletal Practice
  • Neurorehabilitation

The two specialist pathways include a strong emphasis on evidence-based practice, physiotherapy theory, research and specialist interests. 

If students would like to take one of the specialist pathways, they need to choose one at the start of their course. Once a pathway is chosen, this is final and there is not an opportunity to swap.

Advancing Neuromusculoskeletal Practice pathway

Neuromusculoskeletal (NMS) dysfunction is one of the world’s most costly and disabling health conditions. This pathway reflects the latest evidence and thinking behind NMS management, offering students the opportunity to broaden and deepen their knowledge and skills for the assessment and management of people with long-standing NMS dysfunction.  

The scientific evidence relating to diagnosis and interventions for people with NMS dysfunction is rapidly evolving, and serves to contradict much traditional thought and practice. This pathway aims to equip participants with the necessary cognitive and physical skills for synthesis and applying this evidence.

Emphasis is on critical thinking and practice which incorporates evidence-based approaches towards NMS healthcare.

With a focus on leadership and quality improvement, the basis of the pathway will be on:

  • The understanding of modern pain science
  • Incorporating evidence-based movement
  • Exercise approaches

Students will be given the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their knowledge and critical thinking through contemporary learning and assessment methods, including the use of social media.

The two core Advancing Practice modules are focussed on management of people with complex neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction and have been designed to reflect the very latest in evidence, practice, and theory.  

 
Neurorehabilitation pathway

This unique neurorehabilitation pathway is the UK's most substantial programme related to movement science or the motor relearning approach. Delivered by expert tutors, you will explore the evidence underpinning stroke rehabilitation and apply this to retraining motor control after stroke.

As you investigate current research, you will be introduced to cutting-edge technology involved in stroke rehabilitation, including SaeboFlex, bilateral arm trainers and feedback devices for coordination. You will use equipment in our state-of-the-art human movement laboratory to conduct small case studies using this technology, improving your knowledge of the biomechanics of movement and research methods.

The pathway is grounded in critical analysis and reflective practice, equipping you with the skills to evaluate contemporary professional practice. 

 

This is a postgraduate course requiring a minimum of two years' clinical experience. If you would like to train to become a physiotherapist, please see our undergraduate course. The PGCert Physiotherapy does not lead to registration as a physiotherapist.

Key facts

  • We are a top 5 UK physiotherapy department, according to the Complete University Guide 2016.
  • We are a leading environment for world class research according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014; 86% of our research activity is rated as world leading and internationally excellent with significant impact on people's health and wellbeing.
  • Ranked 5th best in terms of ‘research power’ in our unit of assessment, a measure which includes the quality of research and number of research active staff according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014. 
 

Course details

The PGCert can be completed over one year full-time, or over two-four years part-time. The course comprises 60 credits in total, split across taught modules.

How you will study

Students benefit from excellent student to tutor ratios, with small study groups fostering a close-knit and supportive study environment.

Students are taught in a variety of ways, including:

  • Hands-on practical sessions for manual therapy skills
  • Practical sessions for exercise prescription
  • Small group seminars with excellent tutorial facilitation
  • Using online resources to facilitate face-to-face learning

Your time commitment

Modules are delivered through a highly flexible mix of intensive full-time sessions or part-time lessons over several weeks or on given weekdays throughout a semester. This means you can organise your studies around your existing work schedule. Work-based modules take place over 30 weeks. 

Academic support

Once you have been accepted on to the course, you will have the opportunity to discuss your needs with members of the course team and create an agreed plan of study. You will also be allocated a dedicated personal tutor who will provide academic and pastoral support throughout the course. 

International students

All international students who wish to undertake the module 'Movement Science Based Approach to Stroke Rehabilitation' will need to undergo occupational health clearance, supply a declaration of good character and health form certified by their current employer and undertake governance training in order to undertake insight/observational visits. Please note if vaccinations are required, these will be at the student’s own expense. If these documents and evidence of vaccinations are not provided before the module starts you will not be able to undertake the clinical element of the module.

 
 

Modules

Modules for the PGCert (for those not taking a specialised pathway) are as below: 

Optional modules (choose 60 credits from:)

  • Evidence for Health and Social Care (30 credits)
  • Contemporary Practices in Injection Therapy Upper and Lower Limb (20 credits)
  • Contemporary Practices in Injection Therapy Upper Limb (20 credits)
  • Contemporary Practices in Injection Therapy Lower Limb (20 credits)
  • Work-based Project in Professional Practice I/Work-based Project in Professional Practice II (10/20 credits)
  • Teaching and Learning in Health and Social Care (30 credits)
  • Contemporary Practices in Manual Therapy I – Upper Quadrant (30 credits)
  • Contemporary Practices in Manual Therapy II – Lower Quadrant (30 credits)
  • Movement Science-Based Approach to Stroke Rehabilitation (30 credits)
  • Innovations in Neurological Rehabilitation (30 credits)
  • Leadership in Health and Social Care (30 credits)
Advancing Neuromusculoskeletal Practice pathway modules

Core Advancing Practice modules:   

Advancing Neuromusculoskeletal Practice 1

This module will run over three 3-day blocks in October and November 2017. Emphasis will be on:

  • A comprehensive review of pain science and pain models
  • Therapeutic neuroscience education
  • Movement science
  • Manual therapy
  • A systems-based approach to the assessment and management of NMS dysfunction

Assessment is through practical examination and online blogging activity. 

 
Advancing Neuromusculoskeletal Practice 2

This module will run over three 3-day blocks in March 2018. Emphasis will be on the management of people with persistent long-term NMS conditions through exercise and physical activity. A holistic approach to NMS management will be developed based on best evidence. 

Assessment is through a service change business case proposal and a short oral presentation.

Central to both modules are themes of:

  • Critical thinking
  • Clinical reasoning
  • Leadership
  • Patient empowerment
  • Public and international health care
 

Core modules:

The core modules are:
  • Evidence for Health and Social Care (30 credits)
  • Advancing Neuromusculoskeletal Practice 1 (30 credits)
  • Advancing Neuromusculoskeletal Practice 2 (30 credits)
 

Optional modules: 

Choose 30 credits from:
  • Advancing Neuromuscuoloskeletal Practice (diagnostics) (30 credits)
  • Advancing Physiotherapy Practice (cardio-respiratory) (30 credits)
  • Teaching and Learning in Health and Social Care (30 credits)
  • Leadership in Health and Social Care (30 credits)
  • Contemporary Practices in Injection Therapy Upper and Lower Limb (20 credits)*
  • Contemporary Practices in Injection Therapy Upper Limb (20 credits)*
  • Contemporary practices in Injection Therapy Lower Limb (20 credits)*
  • Pain Management
  • Work-based Project in Professional Practice (10 credits)
  • Critical Perspectives in Palliative and End of Life Care** (30 credits)
  • Adult Critical Care: Contemporary Care of Renal, Cardiac and Respiratory Disorders** (30 credits)
  • Continuing Management of the Traumatically Injured Patient** (30 credits) 

*only available to HCPC registered students.

**please note: these courses are delivered by the Division of Nursing and contain a nursing bias. 

 
 
Neurorehabilitation pathway modules

Core modules

The core modules are:
  • Evidence for Health and Social Care (30 credits)
  • Movement Science-Based Approach to Stroke Rehabilitation (30 credits)
  • Innovations in Neurological Rehabilitation (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)
 

Optional modules 

Choose 30 credits from:
  • Contemporary Practices in Injection Therapy Upper and Lower Limb (20 credits)*
  • Contemporary Practices in Injection Therapy Upper Limb (20 credits)*
  • Contemporary practices in Injection Therapy Lower Limb (20 credits)*
  • Advancing NMS Practice (diagnostics) (30 credits)
  • Work-based Project in Professional Practice I/Work-based Project in Professional Practice II (10/20 credits)
  • Advancing Physiotherapy Practice (cardio-respiratory) (30 credits)
  • Advancing Neuromusculoskeletal Practice 1 (30 credits)
  • Advancing Neuromusculoskeletal Practice 2 (30 credits)
  • Teaching and Learning in Health and Social Care (30 credits)
  • Leadership in Health and Social Care (30 credits)
  • Critical Perspectives in Palliative and End of Life Care** (30 credits)
  • Adult Critical Care: Contemporary Care of Renal, Cardiac and Respiratory Disorders (30 credits)
  • Continuing Management of the Traumatically Injured Patient** (30 credits) 

*only available to HCPC registered students

**please note: these courses are delivered by Nursing and contain a nursing bias

 
 

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.

 
 

Funding

Home/EU students

Funded places are available to health and social care professionals working in the East Midlands. These places are funded through Health Education East Midlands contract with The University of Nottingham. Once you have approval from your manager to apply for the course, complete the online application

You can find out more detailed information about course fees, scholarships and funding on the School of Health Sciences website

See the Graduate School website for more information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

International and EU students

The International Office provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, scholarships, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.

 
 

Careers

This course offers you the opportunity to refine and update your skill set within a practical setting, allowing you to maximise your potential for career development and promotion.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2015, 94% of postgraduates in the School of Health Sciences who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation.*

*Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates, 2014/15. 

Recent graduates have gone on to work for NHS trusts (e.g. clinical specialists, advanced practitioners, or modern matrons), universities (e.g. lecturers and senior academics, lecturer practitioners, or researchers) and in private practice. 

Career prospects and employability

The University of Nottingham is the best university in the UK for graduate employment, according to the 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.   

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.  

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

 
 

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