Cerebral Palsy Course Assignment

Introduction

This page provides guidelines for completing the required assignment for the Managing Children with Cerebral Palsy course in Physiopedia Plus.

The assignment is designed to:

  1. Provide you with a method to demonstrate that you have understood the course content and are able to implement it into your professional practice.
  2. Allow you to dig deeper into a topic that is of particular relevance to you and your context.
  3. Contribute to your profession.  On achieving a pass we may identify that your work is of a sufficient standard to be published in Physiopedia (with your permission of course!) and be used by the physiotherapy community for teaching and learning purposes. This is a great opportunity to contribute to the profession and demonstrate your professional leadership!

Requirements

This assignment is a required part of the course to gain your course completion certificate.  The assignment must be submitted before 30 October 2016. Note - any assignments submitted after this date may be subject to significant delays in their assessment.

To pass this assignment we expect a good level of academic writing. The assignment should:

  1. Demonstrate evidence of learning from the course.  We must be able to see that you have reflected on your practice and how what you have learned has changed your practice.  
  2. Include at least THREE references as evidence for the approach taken. These references must be cited in the text where they support your statements and be listed in full at the end of your assignment. Read more about referencing here.
  3. Must be written in English.  The team are aware that many course participants will struggle writing in english. This will be taken into account when reviewing the submissions.

Please note - You will not receive a mark for your case presentation / assignment. All submitted assignments are reviewed by the course team and a completed/passed assignment will only be added to your PP+ activity log if your submission is considered to be of sufficient standard. We are not looking for correct or incorrect answers! We are looking for the implementation of the techniques and skills covered during the course and an engagement with the relevant literature.  Please DO NOT COPY text from the internet, the course resources or from other participants submissions into your assignment. If you do this your assignment will be failed and you will be asked to resubmit. We want to see a unique submission written in your own words.

Submission

  • We recommend you write your assignment using Word or similar.
  • Your assignment should represent approximately 2 hours of work and the written submission should be around 500-1000 words in length. You should submit your assignment online through the link in the course page in Physiopedia Plus.
  • If you choose the exercise programme you should simply add the url (we address) of your exercise programme to a word doc and upload that.
  • If you choose to do the Physiopedia page, you can do this in a word doc and we will upload it to the Physiopedia site.
  • You should keep a copy for yourself when you submit.

Choose one of the following for your assignment

To satisfy all contexts and learning styles there are 6 options for the assignment (each described in more detail below). You should choose to do ONE of the following:

  1. Patient case study
  2. Knowledge translation
  3. Training colleagues
  4. Pilot project
  5. Discussion summary
  6. Physiopedia page

Patient case study

Throughout the course several case studies were presented, it is time to present your own case study.  A patient case study is an evidence based report of your interaction with a patient. You should use the following template:

  1. Title - the title should be specific to and descriptive of this case.
  2. Abstract - this is where you simply summarise your case study into a story which flows logically. It is a narrative that consists of a short version of the whole paper. There are no headings within the narrative abstract.
  3. Introduction - what is particularly interesting about the case you want to describe.
  4. Case presentation - this is where you describe the case in detail. The complaint that the patient has, information obtained from the history, results of clinical examination and working clinical impression of patient.  You should include the ICF environment, personal, structure, functional and participation model here.
  5. Management and outcome - this is where you clearly describe the care plan, as well as the care which was actually provided, and the outcome.
  6. Discussion - In this section you should identify any questions that the case raises, implications for practice and summarise the clinical conclusions.
  7. References - Only use references that you have read and understood, are cited in the text of the case study and support your writing.

More detailed guidelines for writing a case study

See an example case study in Physiopedia

Marking criteria: following the template, interventions supported by evidence, appropriate clinical conclusions


Knowledge Translation

A lot of information has been provided throughout the course, one of the main challenges is to transfer this knowledge to family members or other caregivers working with children with Cerebral Palsy. You should create a knowledge translation resource such as an information leaflet, infographic, poster, presentation, plan for phone app etc.  The resource should provide 5 key messages you want to spread. Make sure to include a target population, the way you want to target them and a proper explanation of the key messages you want to transfer.

Marking criteria: correct key messages, appropriateness of communication, innovativeness


Training colleagues

Following the online course on Cerebral Palsy, you want to further pass on what you learned during the course. Come up with a training idea that you consider highly relevant for the context or setting that you are working in. Propose a training idea, a summary of the training session you would like to conduct and the relevance of the training you propose using the content of the course. Try to write this document as if you were targeting senior staff in a health facility in your area. The objective of the training could be to improve common practice amongst your colleagues or in another health or social care facility.

Marking criteria: training idea, relevance of training proposed, justification for the training that was provided


Pilot project

Many of the ideas presented throughout the course might require a change of practice in the way in which services for children with Cerebral Palsy and their caregivers are organized and provided. Propose a pilot project idea that could improve the care for children with Cerebral Palsy in your area. Attempt to make the project feasible and make sure to include a proper justification as if you were writing a proposal to senior management in a health or social facility.

Marking criteria: feasibility, innovativeness, relevance


Discussion summary

The discussions on this course have produced a wealth of information.  In particular the discussions that included a literature search have produced many resources that could be collated into a more useable format.  Choose one of the discussions and summarise the contributions into one concise document.  Where possible draw conclusions that aid sharing of knowledge and suggest implications for clinical practice.

Marking criteria: structured summarisation of discussion content, well drawn conclusions, implications for practice


Physiopedia page

Contributing to Physiopedia is a great way to contribute to your profession.  The Physiopedia page that you write should be chosen from the list below or it can be a related subject that you would like to explore. Your Physiopedia page should be divided by subheadings, concisely written, supported by up-to-date published literature and referenced. It can also include media (copyright free images and youtube video) to enhance your writing as well as links to other Physiopedia pages and external resources to lead readers to other sources of knowledge. 

You can either choose to write a new page in Physiopedia of your choosing or review and update one of the existing pages.

New pages:

  • Handling the Child with Cerebral Palsy
  • A page on one of the specific therapeutic interventions from this page - Specific Therapeutic Interventions
  • Innovation in Cerebral Palsy
  • ..... feel free to suggest other ideas!!

Pages to review and update:

Marking criteria: well structured and concisely written, inclusion of physiotherapy specific information, supported by evidence