This unit is a clinical placement unit and provides students with osteopathic workplace experience through their clinical placement hours in the student led osteopathic clinics. Students will be treating members of the public under the supervision of osteopathic clinical educators and will contribute to clinical operations. The clinical placement hours within this unit develop students' capacity for teamwork, collaboration with peers and supervisors and communication with patients, and provides the environment for students to develop their confidence and maturity as an osteopathic practitioner.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Formulate differential diagnoses for patient presenting complaints  
  2. Formulate and implement appropriate clinical assessment of the patient in the clinical environment including medical and osteopathic assessment  
  3. Prescribe and implement an appropriate osteopathic manual treatment plan and monitor patient outcomes  
  4. Contextualise effective communication skills in the clinical environment  


Assessment type Description Grade
Portfolio Clinic portfolio reporting completion of hours, patient consultations, clinical activities, clinical record assessment Pass/Fail
Performance 30 minutes of practical assessment (2 x Osteopathic Clinical Practice Assessment (OCPA) and 1 x Report of findings (ROF) examination) Pass/Fail
Portfolio One evidence piece for portfolio Pass/Fail
Test Online MCQ quiz on safety and reasoning for clinical practice. Pass/Fail

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