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Teesside University

Title: Advanced Clinical Practice (Manipulative Therapy) - MSc

MACP Membership: Eligible for membership of the MACP upon successful completion of the MSc.

Programme Leader: Julie Sparrow and Francois Lewis

Contact Details: School of Health and Social Care, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, Tees Valley, TS1 3BA - or

Overview of Course Philosophy:
The programme is designed to develop advanced clinical skills in neuromusculoskeletal practice and an awareness of the importance of evidence based approaches. Intrinsic to the programme is the development of advanced clinical decision making skills, the ability to develop research informed practice and the development of high levels of autonomy.
The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice(Manipulative Therapy) has three core research modules, Evidence based Practice, Designing Research Projects and Dissertation. Core clinical modules include, Concepts of Neuromusculoskeletal Manipulative Physiotherapy, Clinical Management of Patients with Neuromusculoskeletal Dysfunction of the Upper Quadrant and Clinical Management of Patients with Neuromusculoskeletal Dysfunction of the Lower Quadrant.

Modes of attendance:
The university aims to provide as much flexibility as possible to accommodate the needs of working clinicians undertaking Masters level study. Elements of core research modules are available as distance learning. Core clinical modules take place in 3 day teaching blocks distributed throughout the academic year.

Methods of assessment:
A variety of assessment methods are used including case studies, practical examinations, clinical examinations and the development of learning contracts. Formative assessment plays a key role in developing advanced practice via student led seminars, reflection, peer and tutor feedback.

Clinical practice component:
Advanced Practice-based Negotiated Learning (Manipulative Therapy):
This module is designed to consolidate, integrate and expand upon the practical skills, clinical reasoning and theoretical aspects of manipulative physiotherapy, gained from the previous clinical modules, in a practice based setting. The module consists of 150 hours of mentorship within a practice environment. The pattern of attendance can be negotiated to encompass both part time and full time modes of delivery and range of practice experience.

Exemptions to MACP membership:
Eligible for associate membership at the start of the course and full membership on completion of the MSc.



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