Rehabilitation Engineering (SPE302)

10 credits

Aim of this module

To allow the trainee to experience a wide range of clinical services and subject areas, both to allow them  to work effectively in the clinical setting and to assist them in choosing their future area of specialisation.

In several of the following fields:

  •  aids for daily living
  • clinical gait analysis (CGA)
  • electronic assistive technology (EAT)
  • functional electrical stimulation (FES)
  • postural management
  • prosthetics and orthotics
  • wheelchairs

 

  1. Participate in a patient assessment relevant to the clinical placement being undertaken.
  2. Assess, under supervision, biomechanics and function as part of the provision of a clinical service, including the utilisation of a range of measurement techniques. 
  3. Develop preliminary recommendations for intervention and rationale for each.
Number Work-based learning outcome Title Knowledge
1 1

Control infection risks in accordance with departmental protocols.

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2 1

Obtain a suitably completed request form, greet the patient and check patient identity and recent clinical history

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3 1

Explain the procedure for the clinical measurement, address any procedure related questions and gain informed consent

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4 1,2

Participate in a patient assessment relative to the clinical placement being undertaken; identify and define individual requirements for intervention; discuss with the patient and clinic team the realistic expectations of the intervention and the expected levels of enhancement

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5 1,2

Use a variety of clinical methods to assess biomechanics and function (eg forces, active and passive joint movement, motor assessment, muscle activity, interface pressure, shape and energy expenditure) taking into account the complete clinical picture

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6 2,3

Develop objectives, recommendations and rationale for intervention

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7 2,3

Make appropriate adjustments to equipment or its application to enhance function, comfort and safety

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You must complete
1 Case-based discussion(s)
1 of the following DOPS / OCEs
Assessment Title Type
Participate in gait assessment, process the data obtained and complete for the reporting clinical scientist a real or shadow report including options of kinematic, kinetic and or visual assessment. DOPS
Participate in a posture management assessment and complete under supervision a real or shadow report including recommendations and rationale for each. This might include wheelchair seating, static seating and or bed positioning, as applicable. DOPS
Participate in the provision of a piece of posture management equipment. DOPS
Participate in a wheelchair assessment and complete under supervision a real or shadow report, including recommendations and rationale for each. This might include manual and or powered wheelchairs, as applicable. DOPS
Participate in the provision of a wheelchair and any associated equipment. DOPS
Participate in a clinical assessment, for either electronic assistive technology, functional electrical stimulation, posture management, or wheelchair provision N.B. This will be partly assessed as an OCE. OCE
Participate in a posture management assessment and complete under supervision a real or shadow report including recommendations and rationale for each. This might include wheelchair seating, static seating and,or bed positioning, as applicable. OCE

Important information

The academic parts of this module will be detailed and communicated to you by your university. Please contact them if you have questions regarding this module and its assessments. The module titles in your MSc may not be exactly identical to the work-based modules shown in the e-portfolio. Your modules will be aligned, however, to ensure that your academic and work-based learning are complimentary.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Discuss the basis of rehabilitation engineering and biomechanical assessment.

Indicative Content

  • Normal development and ageing
  • Basic biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system
  • Biomaterials
  • Communication, learning, mobility and neurological disabilities
  • Measurement of gait
  • Basics of ergonomics
  • Disability legislation and Medical Devices Directives
  • Introduction to environmental controls