The aims of this one-year honours degree programme are to: develop skills in critical analysis and evidence based practice, provide an in-depth understanding of global health issues and how physiotherapy can address the many challenges in healthcare delivery. The one-year programme includes five modules in the following areas: Critical Appraisal and Evidence Based Practice, Advanced Exercise Prescription, Global Health and Service Development, Leadership and Management in Physiotherapy and Advances in Physiotherapy Practice.
The aspiration is that this course will lead to independent practitioners who can initiate, drive and evaluate the services required for the future health system in Singapore. These include: Primary/Community Care, Long-term/Extended Care and Rehabilitation Services - all of which are in the process of being developed and there is a need for a skilled workforce who can lead, deliver and evaluate services in these areas.
Eligibility and Exemption
Students studying in the Trinity College Dublin (TCD) degree programmes are required to complete a six-week attachment including associated clinical sites at the home campus of the Trinity College Dublin, where they will get to experience living and studying in Dublin, Ireland. The estimated cost ranges from S$5,500 - S$6,500. Note:
Estimated costs are dependent on prevailing currency exchange rates and flight ticket prices.
This module aims to develop an in-depth understanding of the exercise management for patients with chronic disease. The scientific basis for optimum exercise prescription and response in health and disease will be critically evaluated. While there is strong evidence at an epidemiological level for the benefit of exercise in the prevention and treatment of disease, much remains to be discovered regarding dose response and exercise prescription in clinical populations. With an increase in the incidence of obesity and chronic diseases, there is considerable need for further investigation into optimising therapeutic responses through exercise. This area of research is a particular strength of the Discipline of Physiotherapy in TCD.
In this module students will be guided on the process of systematically examining research findings. The module will provide the knowledge and skills in finding and using the best evidence to support practice. How evidence can be used to inform practice will be discussed.
This module introduces the students to contemporary global health issues. The major concepts of global public health will be described and global health challenges discussed. The students will develop knowledge and competencies in addressing non-communicable diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic lung disease and diabetes which lead to death in three in five people worldwide. The overall aim is to broaden perspectives on health services development, provisioning and delivery, as well as factors that contribute to strengthening the health systems of developing and developed countries. The module provides the opportunity for students to expand their knowledge and understanding of global health issues. The major challenges in global health will be discussed and the management of such addressed. The main focus will be on the four main non-communicable diseases: cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic lung disease and diabetes which lead to death in three in five people worldwide.
The diversity of health care services both nationally and internationally as well as the changing and developing role of physiotherapists within such services require entry-level students to be equipped with an understanding of management, leadership and wider issues such as health policy, health service delivery and implementation strategies for change and development.
This module recognises that graduates may be called to develop and manage their own service or other services from an early stage in their career. The course considers the 'individual and the organisation' where organisations may be units within more complex organisations, services and practice environments as well as communities of users. It places individual knowledge and skills within the context of service development/delivery and evaluation. It also explores how health policy and the nature and structure of health services impact on the experience of both health care professionals, and the patients and clients of such services.
Understanding organisational culture, individual and interpersonal behaviours, team roles as well as leadership styles will enable graduates to navigate the complex situations that they will face in their early careers. Understanding the development of services within organisational strategy and wider policy will be considered. Examples of successful implementation strategies and evaluation methods will be examined as a method for application of new learning.
The students will be exposed to examples of various health care systems and funding models including an extensive network of international peers as well as close collaboration with the Singapore Physiotherapy Association.
In recent years, the opportunities for physiotherapy have expanded considerably with the development of specialist posts, extended scope of practice positions and consultant therapy posts. This module is designed so that students have the opportunity to gain clinical experience in areas of advanced physiotherapy practice. This module will facilitate learning in areas of extended practice, primary care, screening and long-term/extended care.
The Overseas Immersion Programme (OIP) is part of this module and students will spend three of six weeks in Dublin on clinical placements in areas of Primary Care, Rehabilitation, Long-term/Extended Care, Early Intervention and Care of the Elderly. Prior to the overseas immersion programme, there will be a series of lectures/seminars introducing students to areas of advanced practice.
The first week of the OIP will consist of seminars on the areas of practice so that they can apply the concepts acquired while on clinical placements. There are a number of supports for students prior to and during clinical placements. Students will be supported in their learning and assisted in being part of the multidisciplinary team at all times. Each student will complete a case study where the justification for the physiotherapy management of a specific patient will be communicated to the group and academic staff.