This 3-day course is for physiotherapists who are new to working with children and young people, including newly qualified physiotherapists, those changing from another speciality, or those returning to practice and wishing to work in paediatrics. The course may also be suitable for experienced support workers and other AHP's who work within paediatrics.
The course programme consists of a variety of learning methods including seminars and practical workshops.
Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the context within which a paediatric physiotherapist practices - this will include communication with children, young people and their families, partnership working, consent and legal issues.
Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of diagnosis (to include differential diagnosis), adjustment and prognosis on child, family and therapist.
Critically analyse components of normal childhood development, which relate particularly to paediatric physiotherapy practice - this will include growth and musculoskeletal development, respiratory development, and normal variants.
Demonstrate basic knowledge of appropriate paediatric assessment methods.
Demonstrate basic knowledge of interventions to enable a practitioner to select and apply the appropriate treatment strategies for a child’s age and condition.
Understand and identify any precautions and contraindications to treatment techniques.
Write an effective plan for the child’s age and condition taking cognisance of prognosis including the selection of appropriate outcome measures, management and treatment methods.
Demonstrate an awareness of current practice supported by evidence over a wide variety of clinical areas