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Physiotherapy in Womens Health

PG Certificate
Duration: Up to 5 years
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: PG Certificate
Not suitable for international students
Start date: View attendance dates
Faculty of Health Studies
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Overview

This Postgraduate Certificate is aimed at physiotherapists working in the speciality of Women's Health in a variety of health care settings.

It offers physiotherapists a range of opportunities to develop an evidence based approach to clinical reasoning through the ability to identify, analyse and interpret the current best available evidence and apply this to the rehabilitation and promotion of Women's Health using appropriate assessment and therapeutic intervention skills.

Students will study in-depth issues including pelvic girdle pain, ante- and post-natal care, continence, exercise, bone health and menopause. The modules include teaching blocks at the Faculty of Health Studies, University of Bradford to encourage shared learning. Further learning and teaching on the practice module occurs in the clinical setting.

Students must therefore have access to an appropriate clinical caseload in order to be able to undertake the practice module. Each student will be allocated a clinical mentor for the practice module. Peer physical examination is used during teaching in the practice module, viable alternatives are available if required.

The programme is endorsed by the Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy (POGP). Physiotherapists who successfully complete the Certificate are eligible for full membership of POGP.

Why Bradford?

This is the only programme of its kind in the UK offering this specialist area of study. The Certificate was developed jointly and is regularly reviewed by Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy (POGP), (formerly the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Women’s Health) and the University of Bradford.

This ensures the continued clinical relevance of the programme. A further strength of the programme is the use of external lecturers who are specialists within their field and continue to have a clinical caseload.

Entry requirements

Students should:

  • Hold a relevant professional qualification normally at Bachelors degree level (Ordinary or Honours) or equivalent.
  • Be a physiotherapist registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) if you are intending to undertake the practice module
  • Normally have two years post qualification experience
  • Normally be working in the field of women's health and/or continence care
  • Have access to appropriate clinical practice whilst undertaking the practice module (the theory module can be undertaken without this)

Admission is on the basis of submission of an application form, curriculum vitae, references, letter of support from your physiotherapy manager (if relevant), and possible advisory interview (to discuss the content and expectations of the programme).

English language requirements:

Overseas students whose first language is not English must satisfy the University that they meet the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS). An overall band score of at least 6.5 in IELTS with no banding below 6.0 is required.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

Modules

The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Find more information on our module descriptors page.

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

The certificate consists of two core 30 credit modules:

  • Theory of Physiotherapy in Women's Health
  • Practice of Physiotherapy in Women's Health

The assessment criteria are as follows:

Theory of Physiotherapy in Women's Health:

1) Systematic literature review of a negotiated area of practice demonstrating how this will be used to advance local practice

2) Presentation to peer group based on negotiated area of practice (must be different topic from systematic review)

Practice of Physiotherapy in Women's Health:

1) Practice Exam: Assessment of a patient with urinary incontinence OR taking a group session such as ante-natal of pelvic girdle pain class

2) Assessment and examination of a patient with a musculoskeletal obstetric patient

3) Completion of clinical observations/visits

4) Critical reflective essay on how clinical observations/visits taken as part of the module have informed & advanced your clinical practice

Career support and prospects

Career support

This Postgraduate Certificate offers the physiotherapist a range of opportunities to develop advanced theoretical knowledge and practical skills relevant to their role in Women's Health the chance to extend and enhance their clinical practice and career pathway.

The programme is endorsed by the Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy (POGP). Physiotherapists who successfully complete the Certificate are eligible for full membership of POGP.

Facilities

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

2018/19:

  • Home/EU: £3,340

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

Funding for eligible staff within the region will be reviewed by Health Education England (HEE) in the coming months for the 2017/18 academic year. We advise all applicants to apply as normal for 2017/18 courses and further information will be provided as soon as it is available.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is online.

This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.

If you are unable to apply online, please email admissions@bradford.ac.uk to request a paper application form.

We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:

  • Degree certificates/transcripts
  • Research proposal (if required)
  • Two references (including one academic reference)
  • Evidence of English language level (if required)
  • A copy of your passport

Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.

You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.