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Paediatric Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

The course is a taught module with supporting reading material, tutorials, lectures, workshops and online learning activities. It is designed specifically for students undertaking the MSc, PG Diploma or PG Certificate in Paediatric Physiotherapy.

Topics covered in lectures, tutorials and workshops vary slightly from year to year but will generally include:

  • Limb development & growth / bone stages
  • Gait development & gait assessment and analysis throughout childhood, including normal variants
  • Paediatric orthopaedic surgical Interventions and plastic surgery
  • Physiotherapy management for congenital conditions (eg. Talipes / Developmental dysplasia of the hip / Torticollis)
  • Physiotherapy management for acute conditions (eg. growth plate fractures / Osgood Schlatters / sports injuries / SUFE / Perthes / amputation)
  • Physiotherapy management for chronic conditions (eg. Cerebral Palsy / Spina bifida / Arthrogryposis)
  • Physiotherapy management for paediatric rheumatology conditions and chronic pain.
  • Physiotherapy management for rare conditions (eg/ Dysplasia / Achondroplasia / Haemophilia / Epidermolysis­bullosa)
  • Children in sport; challenges and dilemmas, pathology, injury prevention and appropriate exercise
  • Selection and evaluation of appropriate outcome measurement instruments used in paediatric musculoskeletal physiotherapy (assessment of function, joints, muscles, pain)
  • Introduction to orthotics and prosthetics
  • A variety of clinical case studies in the context of problem solving exercises

This module runs for 6 days in Term 2. The module is a component of the MSc, Diploma & Certificate in Physiotherapy at UCL. It may be undertaken for CPD only, but if participants successfully complete the assessment after the module, 15 credits may be considered for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) if they are submitted for consideration within 5 years of undertaking the module. These can be used towards a UCL MSc, Diploma or Certificate in Advanced Physiotherapy or Physiotherapy Studies. This module is assessed by a 3-hour written exam, likely to take place on 20 March 2018

Course requirements

Applicants should meet UCL’s usual criteria for studying at Masters level and hold an appropriate physiotherapy qualification. Applicants hoping to transfer credits to the MSc in Physiotherapy should have a BSc in Physiotherapy at a 2:1 or above, or an approved Diploma in Physiotherapy together with evidence of appropriate clinical and/or teaching experience. We expect students to have had at least 2 years post-qualification clinical experience and UK state registration is preferred (httpi/ We limit our student numbers so that we can provide high quality, small group teaching, delivered by nationally or internationally recognized expert clinicians and researchers. You are advised to apply as early as possible.

Delegate costs: 
£900 / £950


Organiser name: 
Patricia John
Organiser telephone: 
+44 (0)207 905 2768
Organiser email:


Where & When

24 Jan 2018 - 31 Jan 2018
9am - 5pm
Institute of Child Health
Guilford Street
London WC1N 1EH
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