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Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Skills

  • 75 hours
  • 2 weeks, plus independent study to prepare for exam (if applicable)

Overview

This ten-day taught course focuses on the role of the advanced cardiorespiratory physiotherapist.

It explores skills and techniques, theoretical concepts, clinical reasoning and the evolving body of knowledge from current evidence.

You'll also explore:

  • evidence based practice, in light of changing healthcare policies
  • causes of cardiopulmonary dysfunction 
  • implications of different pathological states to modifications in practice

This course is run by UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, with lectures delivered by internationally recognised experts in physiotherapy practice. 

Course content

Topics covered vary from year to year, but generally include:

  • patient examination and assessment techniques, including thoracic imaging
  • advanced physiotherapy skills, techniques and adjuncts
  • clinical reasoning, integration of evidence
  • use of manual, mechanical and exercise techniques, including positioning
  • outcome measures
  • the cardiopulmonary system in the context of neurological pathology, for example head or spinal cord injury
  • medical and surgical problems including chronic lung disease, acute lung injury, sepsis and multi-organ failure, physiological effects of anaesthesia
  • physiological basis for excess bronchial secretions, mucociliary clearance and the properties of sputum, airway clearance techniques
  • breathing strategies, breathlessness and dysfunctional breathing, including management
  • cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, including exercise in the critically ill
  • thoracic and cardiac surgery, including transplantation
  • ventilatory support, sleep and positive pressure ventilation, including lung protection strategies non-invasive ventilation
  • extended scope practice
  • clinical cases and problems
  • the cardiopulmonary system in the context of musculoskeletal problems, for example musculoskeletal thoracic pain, or problems resulting from chronic cardiorespiratory conditions

Who this course is for

You'll need to be a qualified physiotherapist, with a degree in physiotherapy at least equivalent to a lower second class Bachelor's degree.

Teaching, structure and assessment

The course runs over two weeks.

It involves lectures, workshops and tutorials.

You can take it as:

  • a standalone short course for CPD purposes (with certificate of attendance)
  • a 'taster module' earning UCL credits

Find out more about the difference between advanced physiotherapy short courses and taster modules.

The taster module will be assessed by an unseen three-hour written exam.

Cost

The fees are:

  • £900 - short course
  • £950 - taster module

Learning outcomes

This course will help you:

  • gain exposure to and understanding of cardiorespiratory physiology, advanced patient assessment and clinical physiotherapy skills, extended scope practice, including the innovation of treatment techniques and adjuncts
  • understand management options for patients with cardiorespiratory dysfunction, including medical and surgical problems, exercise in the critically ill patient, paediatric cardiorespiratory physiotherapy care, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, intensive care and ECMO, respiratory effects of burn injuries and spinal cord injuries, transplantation, chronic lung disease, acute lung injury, sepsis and multi-organ failure
  • understand breathing strategies, breathlessness and dysfunctional breathing, the use and effects of positioning
  • explain the physiological basis for excess bronchial secretions, mucociliary clearance and the properties of sputum, and competently perform airway clearance techniques
  • critically evaluate the use of manual, mechanical and exercise rehabilitation techniques in the context of the cardiopulmonary system, including reference to co-morbidities of other body systems
  • apply advanced clinical reasoning to cardiorespiratory physiotherapy problems, and integrate evidence in making decisions about management
  • demonstrate an understanding of ventilatory support, positive pressure ventilation, thoracic imaging and argue the case for lung protection strategies and non-invasive ventilation

Course team

Dr Eleanor Main

Dr Eleanor Main

Eleanor is Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy at UCL and Programme Director for the Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and MSc in Physiotherapy. Her clinical career has been predominantly at the Red Cross Children's Hospital in Cape Town and Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. She's worked in research and research-led postgraduate physiotherapy education at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health since 2001.

Course information last modified: 7 Aug 2019, 14:52