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B94020 Contemporary Practices in Injection Therapy (upper and lower limb)
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 20

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  medical practitioners and non-medical practitioners who have approval from their appropriate regulatory body and/or employer practising in the field of benign upper limb neuromusculoskeletal disorders or other acceptable related field. There is a limited number of places on this module. Students are reminded that enrolments which are not agreed by the Offering School in advance may be cancelled without notice.

Taught Semesters:

Spring Assessed by end of Spring Semester 
Full Year Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: Students must be show evidence of advanced practitioner level anatomy, musculoskeletal assessment, clinical reasoning and differential diagnosis skills. Evidence will be provide in the form of 2 sealed anonymous references from their employer and /or qualified practitioners.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module will examine and evaluate the theoretical principles underpinning contemporary practices in injection therapy, with an emphasis on the use of corticosteroids and local anaesthetic. Emphasis will be on pharmacology, patient selection and the application of injection therapy for patients with benign musculoskeletal disorders. The conceptual basis of the therapy will be explored and a review of the literature undertaken based on documented research evidence. The practical focus will be on the enhancement and development of psychomotor, communication and presentation skills.

Method and Frequency of Class:
Specific Activities are not listed

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Exam 1 50 Practical examination : injection technique - joint. 
Coursework 1 One injection log sheet for minimum of 10 injections. 
Coursework 2 50 3,000 word case study. 

Dr C Diver

Education Aims:  The module aims to advance the studentsí knowledge of the theoretical bases pertaining to injection therapy. It aims to develop the studentsí ability to evaluate the evidence upon which established practices are based. It aims to facilitate the anatomical and clinical reasoning skills that underpin injection therapy. It aims to develop students psychomotor skills and the safe practice of injection techniques.

Learning Outcomes:  The students should be able to: Discuss the evidence for injection therapy; Explain the pharmacology of drugs commonly used in injection therapy; State the indications, contra-indications and side effects of injection therapy; Understand and interpret examination findings of patients presenting with musculoskeletal disorders, in the selection of injection therapy as a preferred treatment option; Clearly define the appropriate aftercare for patients receiving injection therapy; Intellectual Skills The student should be able to: Demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning through a synthesis of practical, theoretical and experiential learning; Critically evaluate accepted theories and practice surrounding injection therapy; Reflect on, and evaluate, ones own abilities and the impact of the module on clinical practice; Analyse and interpret research findings in the management of patients, with musculoskeletal dysfunction, with injection therapy; Professional Practical Skills The student should be able to: Administer corticosteroid and local anaesthetic peripheral intra- and extra-articular injections safely and effectively; Perform joint aspiration safely and effectively; Be able to manage side effects of injection therapy safely and effectively; Communicate using written, verbal and non-verbal modes; Use information technology to identify and access information. Transferable (key) Skills The student should be able to: Demonstrate time management and workload planning; Use information technology to search for relevant literature, source information and prepare presentations; Demonstrate the application of a variety of communication skills e.g. patient interaction, presentations, written reports; Display skills of critical analysis, problem solving and reflective practice.

Offering School:  Health Sciences

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