ASSISTANTS COURSE : Aquatic Therapy for Physiotherapy Assistants - TUTOR: Jacqueline Pattman

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Freeways Hydrotherapy Pool

Leigh Court Centre, , Pill Road
Abbots Leigh
United Kingdom

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51.4672954, -2.6632131

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Aquatic Therapy for Physiotherapy Assistants

Aim “To equip a physiotherapy assistant with the knowledge and clinical reasoning skills necessary to work safely under supervision of a trained Aquatic Physiotherapist in a pool”.


Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the participant should be able to:

  • Be aware of the relevant physical properties of water
  • Appreciate and experience the effects of buoyancy, turbulence and the metacentre on a body in water. 
  • Relate these properties to basic therapeutic handling in the water
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the physical properties of water to
    • Strengthening techniques
    • Range of movement techniques
    • Stabilisation
    • Balance
    • Relaxation 
  • Demonstrate the ability to confidently use various flotation devices in regard to patient handling
  • Demonstrate safe therapeutic handing of a patient in water
  • Gain an understanding of the effects of immersion on the physiology of the human body. 
  • Relate these changes to the safe screening of patients prior to Aquatic therapy 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the main Health and Safety legislation, and its implications on running an aquatic therapy service
  • Demonstrate an understanding of water disinfection and testing related to the pool environment.
  • Relate the above to maintaining a safe environment for staff and users including the ability to risk assess and to work under supervision of trained Aquatic Physiotherapists.