UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Skills

(8th-18th January 2018)


This module is based on a two week block of lectures and tutorials early in January, delivered by nationally and often internationally recognised experts in physiotherapy practice.

This module explores the role of the advanced cardiorespiratory physiotherapist, integrating skills and techniques, theoretical concepts, clinical reasoning and the evolving body of knowledge from current evidence. Evidence based practice is examined in the light of changing health care policies. It also explores the causes of cardiopulmonary dysfunction and implications of different pathological states to modifications in practice.

Learning outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate and discuss patient assessment and examination techniques, including a systematic approach to physiotherapy assessment in both the acute and community setting.
  2. Explain the physiological basis for excess bronchial secretions, the properties of sputum and muccociliary clearance.
  3. Demonstrate and describe the role of the physiotherapist in adult cardiorespiratory care, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, including exercise in the critically ill and physiotherapy concepts related to thoracic and cardiac surgery, including transplantation.
  4. Select, justify and apply appropriate physiotherapy techniques including manual, mechanical and exercise prescription. Understand the application and use of non-invasive ventilation in patients with neuromuscular disorders.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of breathing strategies, including the management of breathlessness and dysfunctional breathing.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of ventilatory support, sleep and positive pressure ventilation, including lung protection strategies and non-invasive ventilation.

Teaching methods

The module will be delivered via a combination of face to face lectures, workshops and seminars. Teaching will be facilitated by relevant experts in their field.Online learning activities will be included to support the face to delivery.

Moodle, the UCL virtual learning platform will be used to facilitate communication both between tutors and students, and between the students themselves, and also to provide learning resources and feedback. Lecture capture technology will be used throughout the module for recording of lectures, so that students can refer back to them during revision periods

The module can be chosen as a core component of the Postgraduate Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy programmes at UCL. If students are following the neurophysiotherapy or paediatric pathway they may choose this module with agreement from a UCL tutor.

Participants may also undertake the course as a discrete unit for CPD or, if assessed, may use the 15 credits towards completion of the MSc or Diploma at UCL.

Dates: This course will run from Monday 8th to Thursday 18th January 2018. 

Fees: Short course (£900) Taster course (£950)

Assessment: This module is examined via a 3 hour written examination, held on Monday 5th March 2018

Module leader: Alex Harvey