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Management of Balance and Dizziness Disorders in Adults HEA4272


This module has been designed for health care professional who have a clinical responsibility for management of adult patients with vestibular conditions. The module is open to all allied health professionals across both primary, secondary and territory sectors.

Module code:HEA4272
Module credits:20
Cost for new students:£1000 for 2024/25 academic year

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Who is this module for?

This module has been designed for health care professional who have a clinical responsibility for management of adult patients with vestibular conditions. The module is open to all allied health professionals across both primary, secondary and territory sectors.

What are the key aims of the module?

This masters level module will facilitate the development of essential in-depth knowledge, understanding and skills to identify and manage the most common vestibular and balance system (VBS) disorders causing dizziness and imbalance, across all health care settings in the adult population. This will be informed by both local and national policy and best practice drivers, such as the NHS Long term plan the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists Interested in Vestibular Rehabilitation (ACPIVR) Framework for Physiotherapists working in Vestibular and Balance system healthcare and the Barany Society audio-vestibular medicine curriculum.

You will develop an ability to employ relevant clinical assessment strategies and tools, evaluating the impact of multidisciplinary interventions and measures within their own practice and the wider health economy. You will also explore the anatomy and physiology of neuro-vestibular system through the prism of major neuro-vestibular conditions developing an ability to critically appraise the assessment strategies and interventions used to enhance one’s own practice and service provision aligned to person centred care. This will enable you to continue to advance your in-depth knowledge, understanding and skills relating to VBS health care through the synthesis of clinical information, application of evidence-based research and critical clinical reasoning to generate patient-centred management. Finally, you will develop a critical understanding and awareness of current issues in clinical practice and the application of new insights within the VBS Health care arena.

How will I study?

The delivery will be a mix of in person and synchronous/asynchronous online learning that promotes achievement of the learning outcomes. This delivery method will be a combination of lead lectures with seminars and workshops, that are supported by guided independent learning, providing the opportunity for participation in peer-peer discussion/support enabling students to critically analyse the clinical theory alongside experiential learning.

What will I study?

Indicative content may include:

  • Embryology, development, anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology
  • Common vestibular and balance disorders
  • History taking with the dizzy patient
  • Clinical examination VBS
  • Ancillary testing/ investigations
  • Differential diagnosis of common vestibular and balance system disorders
  • Evidence-based international, national and local clinical and policy guidelines and interventions
  • Mental, cognitive and physical health concerns associated with VBS dysfunction
  • Communication skills
  • Facilitating behaviour change in patients and practitioners
  • Pharmacology and polypharmacy
  • Outcome measures and risk identification tools
  • Partnership and MDT working
  • Service development and enhancement

How will I be assessed?

There are three elements to the assessment of this module. This will include a PACES examination, case study and portfolio within clinical practice.

On successful completion you will:

This module will support the development of a range of graduate attributes including the core skills of literacy and digital literacy. The module assessment and work-based practice will support you in the development of critical thinking and reflective practice in relation to vestibular conditions, as well as leadership and communication skills as part of working within the multi-disciplinary team.

Study dates and venues

Venue: Ormskirk Campus, Edge Hill University

Starts: Monday 23 September 2024

Session times:

  • Monday 23 September 2024, 9am-4:30pm
  • Tuesday 24 September 2024, 9am-4:30pm
  • Wednesday 25 September 2024, 9am-4:30pm
  • Monday 18 November 2024, 9am-4:30pm
  • Tuesday 19 November 2024, 9am-4:30pm
  • Wednesday 20 November 2024, 9am-4:30pm
  • Thursday 21 November 2024, 9am-4pm - PACER exam

How to apply

Module availability varies from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Due to the popularity of some modules it may be that the module is fully booked when your application is received. We will include your details on a waiting list and allocate you a place on the next available intake.

We encourage you to apply as early as possible to give you the best chance to obtain a place on your preferred cohort, module applications will close as soon as the module is full. Applications received within two weeks of the start date may have to be considered for a later cohort.

For more details of how to apply, please visit the apply page.


Contact us

For further module information, please contact the Module Co-ordinator, Amy Causey

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This module can be taken as a flexible optional module in the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (ACP) (direct entry and apprenticeships route), PGC/PGD/MSc Clinical Professional Development and other health programmes as appropriate.