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The physiotherapy courses at London South Bank University (LSBU) align closely with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy’s Vision for Physiotherapy (2016) to transform lives, maximise independence and empower populations. We share the view that physiotherapists are in an ideal position professionally to drive the shift in emphasis of health care delivery. In 2015 the UK Allied Health Professions Federation (AHPF) produced a joint strategy with Public Health England (PHE) which set out the vision for AHPs to develop their public health role and seek to be leaders in preventative healthcare (AHPF, 2015).

The structure and content of the courses at LSBU have been shaped by PSRB and sector expectations. The course design and content has been co-produced with practice partners, and consulted upon with a range of other stakeholders including students and service users. All stakeholder groups considered physiotherapists to be specialist healthcare professionals with expertise in a range of core skills, underpinned by excellent scientific knowledge. There was a particular emphasis on the need to enhance knowledge and skills in communication, behaviour modification and exercise prescription. This supported the development of person-centred practice and key skills required to promote patient adherence to treatment, self-management approaches and preventative health.

The overarching approach to teaching, learning and assessment at LSBU is student-centred. This is in line with the guiding principles of pre-registration curricula within the School and provides opportunities for the teaching team to role model person-centred attitudes and behaviours.

This student-centred approach to teaching and learning aims to enhance the academic confidence, competence and success of the student by:

  • Empowering the student within their learning experience
  • Guiding, rather than directing, student learning
  • Promoting self-regulation of student learning, informed by regular feedback
  • Ensuring an inclusive and accessible approach
In year one and two of the course all modules are delivered ‘long and thin’, spanning two semesters. This approach provides opportunities for students to develop their academic and professional knowledge and skills over course of the academic year

Module Code Module Title Credits
Semester 1 Semester 2
Level 4 (Year 1)
Concepts of Interprofessional and Collaborative Practice (IPL 1) 20
Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology 20
Human Structure and Function 40
Core Physiotherpy Skills 20
Physical Activity & Health Improvement 20
Level 5 (Year 2)
Semester 1 Semester 2
Appraising Evidence for Research-informed Practice (IPL2) 20
Patient-Centred Physiotherapy through Life Cycle 40
Integrated Care 20
Clinical application of physiotherpy 1 -3 x 5 week or equivalent placement 40
Level 6 (Year 3)
Semester 1 Semester 2
Improving Quality, Change Management and Leadership (IPL3) 20
Optimising Clinical and Therapeutic Outcomes 20
Contemporary Issues in Physiotherapy 20
Advancing Physiotherapy Practice 20
Clinical application of Physiotherapy 2 (3 x 5 weeks or equivalent) clinical placement 40

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