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Hand Therapy MSc

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MSc Hand Therapy – Academic Year 2021/22

University of Derby

Outline of Modules

 


Developing as an Evidenced Based Practitioner (7OT502)

(Core Module PG Certificate Level)

As an introduction to Master’s study, this module will guide development of the foundational skills required to work at this academic level. Content will include the importance of evidence based practice, guidance on how to conduct a literature search to identify appropriate evidence and foundational knowledge of research methodology to enable students to critically appraise evidence within their area of practice. The module will also facilitate the development of skills required to engage with Master’s level study such as critical reading, writing and thinking.

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • critically appraise current literature
  • critically debate the contribution of this evidence to a field of enquiry
  • develop academic skills required to study further modules at Master’s level

Assessment of the Hand and Upper Limb (7OT521)

(Core Module PG Certificate Level)

A commonly expressed concern amongst hand therapists is the limited knowledge of and use of standardised hand assessments, in order to reliably and validly evaluate practice. This module will assist in meeting the requirements of the NHS to evaluate effectiveness and efficiency of interventions and expand hand therapy knowledge base.The aim of this module is to enable students to become familiar with and investigate standardised and non-standardised hand and upper limb function assessments as well as techniques for assessing hand injuries and conditions. This will further equip students to make informed decisions regarding assessment and treatment evaluation in their hand therapy practice.

On completion of the module, students will be able to:

  • Investigate and evaluate standardised and non-standardised hand assessment methods.
  • Evaluate the benefits and limitations of these methods of hand and upper limb assessment.
  • Critically reflect on their own current professional practice and the use of these assessment tools

 

Treatment Modalities (7OT521)

(Core Module PG Certificate Level)

Understanding the theoretical basis of why and how upper limb treatment modalities are effective is central to the appropriate development of treatment programmes in hand therapy. This is necessary for both informed clinical decision making and assessing the clinical effectiveness of treatment. This module will include modalities used by occupational therapists and physiotherapists, providing a unique opportunity for cross professional development. This will foster greater understanding of fellow professionals’ roles in the multidisciplinary hand therapy team and enhance team homogeneity.Therapeutic intervention of the hand and upper limb is based on current understanding of tissue composition and reaction. Subsequent therapy has to respond to that and the ongoing healing process. The psychological status of the person is also integral to the functional use of the upper limb, progress of recovery and attitude to therapeutic intervention. Multidisciplinary teams in hand rehabilitation must have an integrated approach to address the psychological and functional needs of the client to achieve a positive outcome for all concerned.Treatment modalities must be selected within resource and service constraints and the skills of the hand rehabilitation team available and therefore enhance more effective modality selection and optimisation of time and resources.

On completion of the module, students will be able to:

  • Investigate and critically evaluate a variety of treatment modalities used in hand therapy.
  • Justify the choice of treatment modalities in individual patients and evaluate how the application of a modality may change in response to biopsychosocial factors.
  • Critically evaluate the benefits and limitations of the treatment modalities used in hand therapy.
  • Critically reflect on their own current professional practice

Research Methods (7OT513)

(core module PG Diploma level)

This module focuses on the research process to both enable students to understand and critically appraise published research and to assist those intending to conduct research in the workplace or relevant to their practice to have a strong foundational understanding of research methods, analysis and report writing in order to do so.

The module covers research design including quantitative and qualitative methods and data analysis, ethical considerations, practical factors which may impact on the conduct of research and the importance of appropriate dissemination of research findings.On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Critically analyse research literature and through this identify a topic which could be researched.
  • Critically evaluate the relevance of different research designs, methods and data analysis methods for this chosen topic.
  • Critically consider the impact of ethical and practical factors affecting the conduct of research in the practice situation on this chosen topic.

Hand Conditions: Mechanisms and Interventions (7OT526)

(Optional module PG Diploma Level (List A))

This module is designed to enable the expansion of evidence-based practice in hand therapy, in accordance with the current NHS initiatives. It will examine existing evidence for effectiveness of hand therapy protocols and the reasons for a variety of different approaches to the treatment of hand conditions.An understanding of the application of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics of the upper limb is required within hand therapy practice. Hand therapy protocols must be based on in depth understanding of medical and surgical interventions, in order to establish the authenticity of current practice and direct future research.The aim of this module is to enable the therapist to understand and critically review the theoretical underpinnings of treatment protocols and analyse evidence for the effectiveness of existing practice, identify the need for research and implement evidence based practice in hand therapy.

On completion of the module, students will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate current variations in hand therapy protocols for hand conditions.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the application of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics of the upper limb
  • Critically analyse how medical or surgical interventions and psychological status impact on hand therapy protocols and the progress of the client during rehabilitation.
  • Identify areas of limited evidence based practice and formulate protocols for current therapy based on theory and research.

Hand Injuries: Mechanisms and Interventions (7OT527)

(Optional module PG Diploma Level (List A))

This module is designed to enable the expansion of evidence based practice in hand therapy, in accordance with the current NHS initiatives. It will examine existing evidence for effectiveness of hand therapy protocols and the reasons for a variety of different approaches to the treatment of hand injuries.

An understanding of the application of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics of the upper limb is required within hand therapy practice. Hand therapy protocols must be based on in depth understanding of medical and surgical interventions, in order to establish the authenticity of current practice and direct future research.

The aim of this module is to enable the therapist to understand and critically review the theoretical underpinnings of treatment protocols and analyse evidence for the effectiveness of existing practice, identify the need for research and implement evidence based practice in hand therapy.

On completion of the module, students will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate current variations in hand therapy protocols for hand injuries.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the application of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics of the upper limb
  • Critically analyse how medical or surgical interventions and psychological status impact on hand therapy protocols and the progress of the client during rehabilitation.
  • Identify areas of limited evidence based practice and formulate protocols for current therapy based on theory and research.

 

Hand Therapy in Practice (7OT523)

(Optional module PG Diploma Level (List A))

In collaboration with the British Association of Hand Therapists (BAHT), the need has been identified for a practically based module within the MSc Hand Therapy. Demonstration of skills is essential within the specialist field of hand therapy. Whilst acknowledging theoretical knowledge is important, demonstration of experience and competence to practice is also essential.The aim of this module is to promote professional competence within hand therapy, whilst considering the evidence base for specific aspects of practical hand therapy such as technique and modality selection.The module involves attendance at a five-day live online or face to face summer school.

On completion of the module, students will be able to:

  • Develop knowledge and practical skills in various aspects of practical hand therapy.
  • Demonstrate clinical reasoning for a variety of treatment techniques / interventions used in the specialist clinical field of hand therapy.
  • Critically evaluate the effectiveness of a practical hand therapy intervention.       

Negotiated Module (7OT506)

(Optional module PG Diploma Level (List B))

The emphasis of this module is on work place learning and takes the form of a project related to your own workplace. Students will be encouraged to think widely in the selection of their topic area relevant to their Occupational Therapy practice.

Through analysis and evaluation, the investigation will promote within you an independence of outlook, reliance on your own learning and presentation techniques, and will result in a positive contribution to the workplace.

Through negotiation with a dedicated module tutor, you will be guided to identify your own learning needs and areas of development relating to your practice to produce a learning contract identifying how learning will be achieved.

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate working practices within an individual work place setting, and identify an area for theoretical study
  • Investigate and critically explore a variety of appropriate sources of information
  • Critically reflect on material discovered and critically analyse its relevance to present and future practice.

Radiographic Image Analysis of the Appendicular Skeleton

(Optional module PG Diploma Level (List B))

Module Description

The aim of the module is to enable health professionals from various disciplines to develop and enhance their practice in the analysis of radiographic images of the appendicular skeleton. A systematic approach to the analysis of images will be emphasised throughout the module and you will develop skills in describing radiographic appearances and making diagnostic judgements in line with your own professional requirements. This module is an on-campus module and is subject to availability

On completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Correlate clinical manifestations to radiographic appearances and pathophysiological processes.
  • Assimilate information and formulate clinical opinion through diagnostic reasoning and interpretation of radiographic appearances.

Independent Scholarship (7OT999)

(Core MSc level)

This module will give students the opportunity to demonstrate a master‘s level of research competence through personal experience of completing an Independent Scholarship.

Due to the independent nature of this module, topic and type of study will be specific to each individual, enabling identification of a chosen area relevant to their profession and area of practice. With the guidance of an advisory team, learning will be individualised to the topic students wish to investigate and the way in which they chose to carry out this work.

The module will consolidate knowledge of the research process and methodology, and enable the student to transfer these skills to investigate, critically evaluate and reflect on aspects of practice within their chosen speciality. In additional, students will also develop a critical awareness of the relevant practical and ethical issues when carrying out the chosen type of investigation and reporting and presentation of all stages of this process.

Through the process of completing this module, students will:

  • Demonstrate a master‘s level of research competence through personal experience of completing an Independent Scholarship
  • Develop skills to clearly present the process undertaken documenting outcomes and recommendations
  • Develop a critical awareness of the practical and ethical issues relevant to the independent scholarship undertaken

MSc Hand Therapy Award

 

PG Certificate Hand Therapy:

Introduction to Masters Level Study

(20 credits)

to

Assessment of the Hand & Upper Limb

(20 credits)

to

Treatment Modalities

(20 credits)


PG Diploma Hand Therapy:

Hand Therapy Optional Module

(from list A) (20 credits)

to

Optional Module

(from list A or list B)  (20 credits)

to

Research Methods

(20 credits)


MSc Hand Therapy:

Independent Scholarship

(60 credits)


List A - Hand Therapy Specific Optional Modules

  • Hand Injuries: mechanisms and interventions (20 creits)
  • Hand Conditions: mechanismns and interventions (20 credits)
  • Hand Therapy in Practice (20 credits)

List B - General Optional Modules

  • Professional and Informed Reasoning (20 credits)
  • Management of Change (20 credits)
  • Negotiated Module 1 (20 credits)
  • Evaluating Practice Outcomes (20 credits)
  • Radiographic Image Analysis of the Appendicular Skeleton (20 credits) (On Campus)

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University of Essex

Advanced Musculoskeletal Assessment and Practice

Hand Therapy Awards

 

Essex University is now able to offer an exciting opportunity to support career development to Advanced Practice through our MSc pathway (pending university validation). Following development of two new modules, scheduled to commence from Spring 2023, we are able to offer Hand Therapists a choice of Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert), Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) and full MSc award. The MSc pathway is the first one of its kind incorporating injection therapy!

 

The new modules offer more flexibility and choice of study within the popular PGCert in Hand Therapy, successful completion of which awards therapists 12 BAHT points towards Accredited Hand Therapist Qualification! The MSc structure aligns to the 4 pillars of advanced practice as denoted in the Multiprofessional Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice in England (HEE 2017 https://advanced-practice.hee.nhs.uk/).

 

Award Structures

Postgraduate Certificate Advanced Musculoskeletal Assessment and Practice - Hand Therapy (60 credits at level 7)

30 credits, made up of any two of the following 4 modules:

  • SE714 - Soft Tissue and Joint Injection Therapy (15 credits)
  • SE717 - Advanced Musculoskeletal Assessment (15 credits)
  • SE783 - Current concepts in upper limb rehabilitation (15 credits)
  • SE784 - Medication use in Musculoskeletal Management and Rehabilitation (15 credits)

AND CORE Component

  • SE731 – Leading Change in Healthcare (30 credits)

 

Postgraduate Diploma Advanced Musculoskeletal Assessment and Practice – Hand Therapy (120 credits at level 7), (university validation pending):

  • SE714 - Soft tissue and joint injection therapy (15 credits)
  • SE717 - Advanced musculoskeletal assessment (15 credits)
  • SE731 - Leading Change in Healthcare (30 credits)
  • SE783 - Current concepts in upper limb rehabilitation (15 credits)
  • SE784 - Medication use in Musculoskeletal Management and Rehabilitation (15 credits )
  • SE747 – Postgraduate Research Methods, Distance Learning (30 credits)

 

MSc – Advanced Musculoskeletal Assessment and Practice – Hand Therapy (180 credits at level 7), (university validation pending) includes:

  • SE714 - Soft tissue and joint injection therapy (15 credits)
  • SE717 - Advanced musculoskeletal assessment (15 credits)
  • SE731 - Leading Change in Healthcare (30 credits)
  • SE783 - Current concepts in upper limb rehabilitation (15 credits)
  • SE784 - Medication use in Musculoskeletal Management and Rehabilitation (15 credits )
  • SE747 – Postgraduate Research Methods, Distance Learning (30 credits)
  • SE730 – Dissertation (60 credits)

 

New modules commence spring 2023 however therapists can enrol on current modules to start their pathways. Please note, that assessment components of all modules must relate to Hand Therapy for these awards. 

For further information visit University of Essex website Essex website or email: msk@essex.ac.uk