Foundation Module

Brief Overview

The SOMM Foundation in Musculoskeletal Medicine Course comprises of 3 units. Units 1 & 2 can be taken in either order but must be completed before attending Unit 3. An exam is usually taken after Unit 3 and this, with completion of a portfolio reflective essay and professional development plan leads to the SOMM Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine. This SOMM Diploma (worth 60 credit points at Master’s level) is the first step of SOMM’s MSc Musculoskeletal Medicine.

The Foundation module provides core training that enables doctors, allied health professionals and nurses to examine, diagnose and treat the common musculoskeletal disorders accurately thereby enhancing patient care and service delivery. As well as being really useful clinically, the units provide the starting point for an academic pathway that will help to further develop clinician skills and knowledge.

The Foundation module will benefit clinicians working with musculoskeletal patients in all settings including hospital out-patients, sport, general practice, orthopaedics, armed forces and private practice.

Completion of the Foundation Diploma also signs off Stage 1 of the FCP Roadmap. The Society works closely with Health Education England, and our Foundation Diploma fulfils all the Stage 1 requirements as per The Knowledge, Skills & Attributes (KSA) document.

The module aims to:

  • Extend knowledge in functional anatomy and biomechanics
  • Develop competence in joint examination, assessment, clinical diagnosis and treatment including manual treatment, exercise and injection techniques
  • Enhance clinical reasoning and evaluation supported by relevant references

Key requirements to qualify for the Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine:

  • Units 1 & 2 can be taken in either order, followed by Unit 3 and the completion of an exam. This, plus a portfolio reflective essay (to demonstrate your achievement of the learning outcomes of the module), and personal development plan leads to the SOMM Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine.

MSc Musculoskeletal Medicine qualification:

  • As well as a stand alone award, the diploma can also be used to access the MSc Musculoskeletal Medicine and forms the first 60 credits of the programme. The MSc programme is validated by Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, and is accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

The Units

For more information or to book a place on one of our foundation units, click the unit links below.

Unit 1

Cervical Spine and Upper Limb

Unit 1 is a 4 day course covering the cervical spine, shoulder, elbow and wrist/hand.

This highly practical unit aims to extend knowledge in functional anatomy and develop competence in joint examination, assessment, clinical diagnosis and treatment, including manual and injection techniques.

Unit 2

Lumbar Spine and Lower Limb

Unit 2 is a 4 day course lumbar spine, hip, knee and ankle/foot.

This highly practical unit aims to extend knowledge in functional anatomy and develop competence in joint examination, assessment, clinical diagnosis and treatment, including manual and injection techniques.

Unit 3

Thoracic Spine and Sacroiliac Joint

Unit 3 is a 5 day course covering the thoracic spine and sacroiliac joint, advanced techniques and principles of lumbar injections, plus a review of Units 1 & 2 in preparation for the Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine membership examination on the final day.

Unit 3

Thoracic Spine and Sacroiliac Joint

Unit 3 is a 5 day course covering the thoracic spine and sacroiliac joint, advanced techniques and principles of lumbar injections, plus a review of Units 1 & 2 in preparation for the Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine membership examination on the final day.

Unit 2

Lumbar Spine and Lower Limb

Unit 2 is a 4 day course lumbar spine, hip, knee and ankle/foot.

This highly practical unit aims to extend knowledge in functional anatomy and develop competence in joint examination, assessment, clinical diagnosis and treatment, including manual and injection techniques.

Unit 1

Cervical Spine and Upper Limb

Unit 1 is a 4 day course covering the cervical spine, shoulder, elbow and wrist/hand.

This highly practical unit aims to extend knowledge in functional anatomy and develop competence in joint examination, assessment, clinical diagnosis and treatment, including manual and injection techniques.

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