UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


The Heart Through Life, Health and Disease

7th February -9th February 2018


This module is designed for physiotherapists who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of the heart through life, health and disease; and use that knowledge to inform their advanced clinical practice. Drawing on the evidence base, the aim of this module is to provide students with theoretical and clinical understanding of the specialist physiotherapy management and the underlying physiology of cardiac conditions (including acute, chronic, congenital and rare conditions). This module will encourage detailed understanding of the function of the heart in health and disease. It will also cover the aetiology, epidemiology,pathophysiology and presentation of selected cardiac conditions and in particular their relevance for medical and rehabilitative management.

Students will be encouraged to reflect critically on their own practice and scope of practice within the multidisciplinary team and will be expected to actively participate in discussions, debate and workshops

Learning outcomes

  1. Understand and have advanced knowledge of the epidemiology, aetiology and pathophysiology of selected heart diseases, both congenital and acquired. 
  2. Understand and evaluate the investigations, interventions and outcome measures used in assessment, diagnosis and management of heart related disorders and diseases within an evidence-based, clinical reasoning framework. 
  3. Demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning skills in the assessment and management of congenital and acquired heart disorders in the context of the evolving evidence base and contemporary professional and ethical framework
  4. Critically reflect on their scope of practice and their role within the multi –disciplinary team in the treatment and management of patients with heart disorders and disease.

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. There are three days on face to face teaching and three days of online learning to support the face to face 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 an optional component of the Postgraduate Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy programme at UCL. 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.

Assessment: The assessment will be based on the submission of a ~2000 word (~30 minutes to work through) multi-media evidence-based online e-poster resource for students (80%) and a presentation of this e-poster resource (20%).

Fees: Short course (£800) Taster course (£850)

Module leader: Sarah Rand