Physiotherapy Summer School
The Allied Health Professionals School was a 2 1/2- day course aimed at qualified physiotherapists who want to specialize in treating patients with Parkinson’s disease or atypical Parkinsonism.
The educational objectives were intended to improve the evaluation, clinical reasoning, and treatment skills of graduated physiotherapists in order to optimize the delivery of exercise programs for patients with Parkinson’s disease and related disorders. Rehabilitation theory and practice were evidence-based or founded on expert clinical opinion as appropriate.
The European evidence-based guidelines for physiotherapy was used as a framework to inform best practice. Clinical tuition was based on case studies incorporating video and written description.
- The student will be able to select relevant assessment tools to evaluate PD patients’ problems
- The student will be able to apply clinical reasoning skills taking into account disease stage, severity, and cognitive ability
- The student will be able to design appropriate exercise programs which address and target the needs of PD patients and take prognostic variables into account
- The student will be able to progress and dose the exercise programs appropriately
- The student will be able to implement an evidence-based approach to treatment
Qualified physical therapists with an interest in movement disorders.
- Patient care and procedural skills
- Employ evidence-based practice
- Apply quality improvement
- Practice-based learning and improvement
- Interpersonal and communication skills
Newcastle University, Institute of Neuroscience
Clinical Ageing Research Unit, on the Campus for Ageing and Vitality, Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom