Professional/Short course Injection Therapy

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Health and Social Wellbeing
Five days
Course Director
Nic Ford

15 credit level 7 module

Please note all applicants are required to complete and submit the application form (available to download in the 'How to Apply' section below).

Page last updated 12 October 2023


Accreditations and partnerships:

This 15 credit Injection Therapy module will introduce you to the theoretical and practical principles of injection therapy for musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions, providing you with the clinical skills to practice as a competent therapist in this area.

On successful completion of this level 7 (Masters level) module, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical knowledge and understanding of the legal framework and regulatory control of medicines appropriate to delivery within the scope of injection therapy practice, including maintaining accurate and detailed clinical records.
  • Demonstrate clinical proficiency and reasoning in the safe and appropriate delivery of a range of injection therapy techniques used within the holistic management of musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Synthesise and apply pharmacological knowledge and understanding of medicine used in musculoskeletal injection therapy, including indications, contraindications, and management of adverse reactions.
  • Critically evaluate and explore advanced knowledge of the human anatomy, physiology and pathology relating to evidence-based injection therapy in clinical practice.

Entry requirements

You must be registered with a recognised professional body, such as HCPC, NMC, GMC and must provide details including registration number.

Additionally, you must have a minimum of three years' practice in the assessment and management of musculoskeletal conditions and must be currently working in an area or a role where injection therapy is practised.

Prior to acceptance on the course, you must be able to confirm access to a designated clinical supervisor.

Careers / Further study

This module can contribute towards the MSc Advanced Practice.



This module will typically cover the following aspects of injection therapy and supervised practice based learning:

  • Detailed musculoskeletal anatomy relevant to injection techniques
  • Safety and competence in injection therapy
  • Theory and evidence of injection therapy in practice
  • Clinical reasoning for injection therapy
  • Applied pharmacology
  • Safety aspects - information, consent, communication and documentation
  • Practical techniques for the peripheral joint injection and aspiration
  • Legal aspects relating to consent and non-medical prescribing/medicine management (patient group directions and clinical responsibilities)

Learning and Teaching

Learning will be through a variety of methods including online lectures and seminars, and face-to-face practical teaching, supported with online resources and independent study. Theoretical and practice learning will also be underpinned by supervised clinical practice. Reflective practise will be encouraged throughout all aspects of the module.


Competence in theoretical and practical aspects of this module will assessed through a practice portfolio (component A) and structured oral and practical examination (component B).

Component A - Practice portfolio

Submission of a portfolio to include a structured log of a minimum of 10 supervised peripheral joint injections with critical reflection of practice, clinical indications and clinical reasoning.

Component B - Structured oral and practical examination

Completion of a structured oral and practical examination (SOPE) to include practical demonstration for the injection of a given musculoskeletal scenario. This assessment will require you to demonstrate safe standards of practice and understanding of the application (including pharmacology), contraindications and complications related to injection therapy. You will also be required to critically evaluate the role of injection therapy in the given musculoskeletal scenario. Any unsafe practice demonstrated during this exam will deem the full SOPE a fail.


Professional accreditation

This module is accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

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Prices and dates

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Please note priority will be given to applications received through our funded educational contracts.  Places on this module will be limited for applications received outside of this funding.  Please check with your employer as a funded contract place may still be available to support your learning.


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How to apply

You are required to apply online for your CPD modules, which you can take as stand-alone courses or as part of an undergraduate or postgraduate (Masters level) programme.

Applicants are required to complete this application form (DOCX) and upload to the UWE Bristol Professional Development portal.

Extra information

If the course you are applying for is fully online or blended learning, please note that you are expected to provide your own headsets/microphones.

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