Following completion of the tutored course, you now have unlimited lifetime access to the learning resources.  These are provided for future reference only, and no further CPD hours may be claimed for reviewing the materials.

Week 1
Physiotherapy Toolkit (modalities)

  • Electrotherapies
  • Therapeutic hot/cold packs
  • Manual therapies
  • Applied exercise therapies

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the principles and application of electrotherapy including:
    • K-laser
    • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
    • Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES)
    • Pulsed magnetic therapy (Biomag)
    • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • Understand the use of therapeutic hot/ cold packs
  • Understand manual therapy and its application including:
    • Massage
    • Effleurage
    • Coupage
    • Joint mobilisations
    • Graded stretches
  • Understand applied exercise therapy including:
    • Strengthening and stabilising exercises
    • Balance and proprioceptive exercises
    • Functional exercises
    • Hydrotherapy

Week 2
Patient Assessment

  • Musculoskeletal patient assessment
  • Neurological patient assessment
  • Respiratory / critical care patient assessment

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants will be able to:

  • Carry out a basic musculoskeletal, neurological, and respiratory physiotherapy assessment
  • Understand valid outcome measures to guide patient treatment
  • How to write SOAP (subjective, objective, analysis, plan) notes to progress patient treatment

Week 3
Physiotherapy and Hydrotherapy Treatment Techniques

  • Early phase rehabilitation 0-2 weeks
  • Mid phase rehabilitation 2-6 weeks
  • Late phase rehabilitation 6-12 weeks
  • Patient discharge or maintenance physiotherapy programme

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants will be able to:

  • Carry out early physiotherapy treatment including:
    • Early manual therapy techniques
    • Early phase hot and cold pack treatment
    • Early electrotherapies to improve healing, for pain relief
    • Mid phase gentle exercise programmes including hydrotherapy
    • Late phase exercise therapy to include advanced strengthening, proprioceptive, balance and
      functional exercises
    •  Late phase electrotherapies for pain relief, soft tissue injuries, muscle strengthening

Week 4
Physiotherapy Progression Plans and Home Exercise Programmes

  • Patient rehabilitation plans
  • Discharge and maintenance programmes
  • Home exercise plans

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants will be able to:

  • Learn how and when to progress patient plans from early to mid through to late-stage rehabilitation to optimise patient outcomes.
  • Understand when to discharge a patient, or to continue with a maintenance programme for chronic cases or surgical complications.
  • Design home exercise programmes for owners to carry out.

Week 5
Musculoskeletal Case Studies

  • CCL reconstruction - TPLO or lateral suture
  • Soft tissue injuries (tendinopathies, iliopsoas strains)
  • Fracture repair
  • Conservative management of chronic conditions, including hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants will be able to:

  • Consider appropriate assessment, treatment plan and progression of a musculoskeletal case study
  • Consider appropriate assessment, treatment plan and progression of a soft tissue case study
  • Consider appropriate assessment, treatment plan and progression of a fracture repair case study
  • Consider appropriate assessment, treatment plan and progression of a chronic condition case study

Week 6
Neurological and Respiratory (Intensive Care) Case Studies

  • Hemi- laminectomy (HLE)
  • Fibrocartilage embolism (FCE)
  • Pneumonia

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants will be able to:

  • Consider appropriate assessment, treatment plan and progression of a surgical neurological case study
  • Consider appropriate assessment, treatment plan and progression of a non-surgical case study
  • Consider appropriate assessment, treatment plan and progression of a respiratory (critical care) case study