Module details

Module code


Module level

Level 7

Module credits

20 credits

Next course date

January, April


11 weeks



Module description

About this module 

This module examines existing evidence for effectiveness of hand therapy protocols and the reasons for a variety of different approaches to the treatment of hand conditions.

An understanding of the application of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics of the upper limb is required within hand therapy practice. Hand therapy protocols must be based on in-depth understanding of medical and surgical interventions in order to establish the authenticity of current practice and direct future research.

The aim of this module is to enable the therapist to understand and critically review the theoretical underpinnings of treatment protocols and analyse evidence for the effectiveness of existing practice, identify the need for research and implement evidence-based practice in hand therapy.

Who is this course for 

Occupational therapists, physiotherapists.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate current variations in hand therapy protocols for hand conditions
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the application of anatomy, physiology and  biomechanics of the upper limb
  • Critically analyse how medical or surgical interventions and psychological status impact on hand therapy protocols/guidelines and the progress of the client during rehabilitation.
  • Identify areas of limited evidence based practice and formulate protocols/guidelines for current therapy based on theory and research

Entry requirements

  • An undergraduate degree (at least 2:2) or a diploma in occupational therapy or physiotherapy, or an equivalent qualification
  • An English Language GCSE grade C or equivalent
  • You'll also need to currently work in the clinical field of hand therapy

Fees and funding

2021/22 Fees (August 2021 - July 2022)

If this is an LBR (Learning Beyond Registration) course, and you are eligible for LBR funding, the cost is funded by HEEM (Health Education East Midlands) - check the list of LBR courses.

If you are funding your own study, the full cost of this module is £800.

Contact us

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Additional information about your studies

Minimum numbers

Please note that this course is subject to minimum numbers in order to run.