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Areas of Learning

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Multidisciplinary Team
 

Areas of Learning

You will have opportunity to attain an understanding of the roles of professionals within the multidisciplinary team, education and social care, including:

  • Speech and language therapists

  • Occupational therapists

  • Paediatricians

  • The Den Nursery team

  • Orthotics

  • Community nurses

  • Clinical Psychology

  • Educational staff (teachers, teaching assistants)

  • Multi agency team / social care

  • Health visitors

Learning Opportunities

  • Clinical reasoning discussions specific to a child's individual holistic developmental needs

  • Work shadowing

  • Attendance at paediatric clinics

  • Clinical Communication of children based on your clinical assessment.

  • Report writing to health and education

  • Reading reports and medical notes relating to patient care

  • Reading educational reports (Education and health care Plan)

  • Working with children in a variety of educational settings

  • Attendance at routine health visitor baby clinics

Learning Outcomes

  • To apply effective verbal and non verbal and written skills in communicating information, advice and professional judgment to children/young people, carers, educational carers and the wider MDT.  

  • To have knowledge of the diverse needs of a child who requires referral to other MDT and agencies.

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Outpatients Clinic

Learning Opportunities

  • Observation, progressing to the participation of developmental Assessment and formulation of a management plan with children who have developmental delay, downs syndrome, positional talipes, torticollis and minor gait problems.

  • Clinical reasoning  discussions specific to a Childs individual holistic developmental needs.

Learning Outcomes

  • To carry out a developmental assessment and clinical reasoning to formulate a treatment and advice plan for carers.

 
The management of a child with cerebral palsy

Areas of learning

  • Orthopaedic care of the child with cerebral palsy

  • Postural management

  • Treatment approaches

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Learning Opportunities

  • Experience of Treatment and management plans with children who have neurodevelopmental needs

  • Assessment of postural tone and patterns of movement, motor abilities, motor difficulties.

  • Clinical reasoning  discussions specific to a Childs individual holistic developmental needs

  • Physiotherapy and occupational clinical assessment with a range of children with cerebral palsy including CPIPS and AMI

  • Joint orthopaedic  (Consultant orthopaedic surgeon  Mr. J. Cashman)/paediatric clinic (fortnightly Thursday mornings)

  • Experience in the assessment and provision of a range of postural management equipment including standing frames, sleep systems and seating.

  • Postural passports

  • Assessment of Mobility equipment

  • Orthotic clinic

Learning Outcomes

  • To apply the knowledge and skills attained throughout your placement to explain the clinical reasoning of the management of a specific child with cerebral palsy.

  • To develop your knowledge on the use of standardised musculoskeletal examination assessment, hip surveillance, for children with CP to enable effective postural management for these children during childhood.

  • To empower carers in handling the child with CP.

 
Hydrotherapy

Learning Opportunities

  • Experience of treatment of children with a range of needs in the hydrotherapy pool.

Learning Outcomes

  • To plan and carry out a treatment session of a child in the hydrotherapy pool.

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The management of a child with a neuromuscular diagnosis
(dependant on Clinical Educator)

Learning Opportunities

  • Experience of assessment, Treatment and management plans with children who have a range of neuromuscular conditions.

Learning Outcomes

  • To demonstrate understanding of the differences between the variety of neuromuscular conditions encountered, eg. Muscular Dystrophy, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Charcot Marie Tooth, Myotonic Dystrophy

  • To demonstrate understanding of the differences in approach to treating a child with cerebral palsy compared to a child with a degenerative condition

  • To demonstrate knowledge of what to look for in the physiotherapy assessment of a child with a degenerative condition

  • To demonstrate knowledge and carry out  physiotherapy techniques used in the management of a child with a neuromuscular condition

 
The care of the premature infant 
(dependant on Clinical Educator)

Learning Opportunities

  • Visit to of NNU.

  • Observation of neonatal developmental assessment.

  • Observation and/or developmental assessment of follow up of premature infants

  • Alberta assessment

Learning Outcomes

  • To attain an understanding of the care of the premature infant in the neonatal environment.

  • To understand the process of early screening to identify children who will benefit from physiotherapy /early intervention.

  • To have a basic understanding the normal motor development of the premature child.

 
The management of a child with developmental co-ordination difficulties
(dependant on Clinical Educator)

Learning Opportunities

  • DCD clinic

  • Observation/ participation of a joint physiotherapy and occupational therapy assessment of a child referred for DCD clinic

Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge of outcome measures and assessment procedures

  • To contribute/ complete an assessment  of a child with DCD , identify difficulties and formulate a report and recommendations for management of the childs' needs.

  • To understand how information is shared with carers and school staff.

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