Understanding and Managing Complex Musculoskeletal Conditions

The details
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 13 January 2025
Friday 21 March 2025
06 October 2022


Requisites for this module



Key module for


Module description

The module is designed to enhance clinical competency and facilitate clinicians' professional development in understanding and managing complex musculoskeletal conditions.

Topics covered include:
* Complexity of presentation
* The biopsychosocial model
* Working and communicating with others
* Benefits and limitations of diagnostic tests
* Extended scope and professional boundaries

Module aims

This module aims to explore the value and relationship between each component of a patient assessment and how appropriate timing and choices are made regarding assessment tools and treatment pathways utilised.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of musculoskeletal pathologies.
2. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of musculoskeletal assessment and diagnostic skills in the management of complex musculoskeletal conditions.
3. Demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning skills to evaluate choice of assessment/diagnostic investigations and treatment choices.
4. Demonstrate advanced knowledge and application of the biopsychosocial approach to assessing and managing patients with complex musculoskeletal conditions.
5. Understand the requirement for application of evidence based practice, reflective practice and CPD.
6. Demonstrate advanced understanding of the role of the multidisciplinary team in managing this group of patients.
7. Demonstrate understanding of professional limitations and appropriate referral pathways.

Module information

You may apply for this module if you have:

A relevant first degree OR a relevant professional experience or qualifications that demonstrates ability to study at Level 7.
A minimum of 1 year post-registration experience.
Current Registration with the relevant UK or equivalent professional body.
HCPC(UK), AHPRA or ASA(Australia) or equivalent registration e.g. in case of uk doctors (GMC) and Nurses (NMC).

Learning and teaching methods

The module is delivered entirely by e-learning. The students are expected to dedicate the equivalent of one day a week in time to this module. The module consists of five on-line teaching sessions with essential tasks to complete throughout. The module leader will be available to answer queries via e-mail. Students are expected to complete study independently. Students will be registered with their appropriate professional body. They will be practicing clinicians within the field of musculoskeletal medicine.


The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Assignment 1 - Reflective Account    50% 
Coursework   Assignment 2 - Case Study    50% 

Additional coursework information

Formative submissions are accepted up to 2 weeks before the summative assessment deadline. Formative submissions must be accompanied by a completed Formative Feedback form (available on Moodle)

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mrs Caroline Kerry, email:



External examiner

Mr Myles Butler
Sheffield Hallam University
Senior Lecturer Team Lead
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information

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