The development of media-driven clinical skills through using the ‘e-skills portfolio’

Stephens, John and Parr, Mike (2013) The development of media-driven clinical skills through using the ‘e-skills portfolio’. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 20 (7). pp. 336-342. ISSN 1741-1645

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The‘e-skills portfolio’ has been developed to give students the opportunity to engage in a creative approach to learning the distinctive core skills of: electrotherapy, manual therapy and therapeutic exercise. This paper aims to review the development and implementation of this e-skills portfolio within a pre-registration MSc physiotherapy programme.

Students work in small groups, and capture (through film or images) practice of clinical skills through simulation in the university setting. The analysis of the e-skills portfolio involved a pluralistic approach to: analysing data collected from two student discussion groups (n=21); reviewing submitted portfolio content; and teaching team reflections. Findings were then coded, and the emergent themes identified. Emergent themes from the data included assessment of skills and feedback, reflective practice, employment, continuing professional development through peer and self-coaching, and resource access.

Engagement in compiling the e-skills portfolio appears to promote students' continuing professional development through a critical process of peer- and self-coaching and deliberate practice. This practice of using the e-skills portfolio is based within an adapted action research model, and appropriate learning support, particularly in IT, is a crucial element in this process.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing > School of Nursing and Health Sciences > Department of Sport and Excercise Sciences
Depositing User: Leah Maughan
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2020 16:20
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2020 16:20

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