A Paediatric Musculoskeletal Competence Framework for Physiotherapists Working in the UK

A Paediatric Musculoskeletal Competence Framework for Physiotherapists Working in the UK consists of a series of frameworks focusing on individual joints.

'The Spine' was published in April 2019

'The Shoulder Complex' was published in June 2019 

'The Hip' was published in August 2019

'The Knee' was published in June 2020

Further titles in the series will follow shortly.

Children and young people are different from adults. They are continually developing physically, emotionally and psychologically. Due to the physiology and biomechanics of growth, young people show a unique set of age related symptoms. Whilst many conditions seen in childhood are self-limiting; some more serious pathology can occur. Delays in diagnosis may lead to long term disability or mortality.

The differential diagnosis relevant to musculoskeletal symptoms is so broad that adequate paediatric training is essential. Clinicians working in this specialist field must have a clear understanding of the biological differences between children and adults.

The intention of these documents is to provide a learning resource for physiotherapy assessment and management of children and young people presenting with musculoskeletal symptoms.

These documents were developed by a panel of expert paediatric physiotherapists to establish the basis by which to prepare the physiotherapy workforce to deliver safe care to children and young people requiring musculoskeletal assessment, advice and management.

These are considered 'live' documents, if you have any comments or wish to suggest any amendments, please contact office@apcp.org.uk 

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