Injection therapy for health professionals (botulinum toxin) (masters level)

Key features

This 20 credit masters-level module will enable you to gain advanced knowledge and clinical skills in the administration of botulinum toxin via injection therapy. 

You will be supported by our staff to explore the evidence base and clinical guidelines for your individual work area.

The module is delivered in practice as an innovative partnership between the University and clinical specialists at Newton Abbot Hospital. 

There is a high focus on clinical skill development including time in a specialist injection clinic with service users.

Teaching is delivered in intensive blocks, with blended learning to facilitate students attending from a distance. 

You will be supported by our staff to explore the evidence base and clinical guidelines for your individual work area.

Module code




FHEQ level

Level 7 – masters degree


Newton Abbot Hospital

Course details

The module comprises six taught days and one objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) day; and at the end of the module you will be able to:

  • provide evidence of in depth systematic and relevant knowledge, skills, and attitudes towards safe, appropriate, effective and cost effective and legal administration of medicines via injection
  • undertake advanced assessment, consultation, and history taking with the multi-disciplinary team, patients, service users and carers to identify and rationalise appropriate interventions which may include administration of medicines via injection and being able to justify these actions in complex situations
  • apply the principles of evidence based prescribing practice to identify, analyse, implement and review appropriate complex treatment pathways and interpret current national and local guidelines as applied to the administration of medications via injections
  • demonstrate critical reflection and understanding in relation of the relevant legislation, psychological patterns, governance issues, and ethics and evaluate their application to injection therapy
  • identify different pharmacological and ‘life course’ non-pharmacological approaches, critically reflecting on patient choice and issues related to concordance and formulate their application operationally and strategically to modifying disease and promoting health.

These learning outcomes are aligned to guidance from The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Career progression

This module equips students with the skills to extend their scope of practice to include injections of botulinum toxin. Many students undertake this module as part of Extended Scope Practice. This module can be taken as a standalone professional development module; as one of the pathway specific module for the MSc Advanced Professional Practice Neurological Rehabilitation programme or as an optional module for some other pathways of the MSc Advanced Professional Practice programme and the MClinRes Clinical Research programme.


This module is endorsed by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.


The teaching team were finalists in the University’s Vice-Chancellor's Enterprise Awards 2011 in the Excellence in Teaching and Learning category nominated by the students on the module.

Visiting lecturer – Rhoda Allison

Dr Rhoda Allison is a Consultant Therapist in Stroke at Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust and the partner lead in practice for this module.

Module dates

This module will not run in 2020. 

(Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change – always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit).

Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers. 

In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date. Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers.      

Admissions information 

Additional information and documentation required for the application process.

Access to: 

  • application forms 
  • change of name forms
  • pre-course information
  • downloadable guides
  • student card.

Visit our admissions homepage for full details.

Module lead – Amanda Denton

A highly regarded clinically focused module as evidenced by student feedback year after year.

Intensive blocks facilitate students attending from a distance – we have students from around the UK and Ireland.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for the module you need to:

  • have a first degree, BSc (Hons) at 2:2 or above or European first cycle equivalent
  • be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • identify and provide details of a suitably qualified supervisor within practice
  • demonstrate a suitable level of expertise and employment in an appropriate area; this will usually be through interview
  • provide evidence of support from your workplace to undertake this module including your mentored practice
  • be able to provide evidence of Professional Indemnity Insurance
  • if English is not your first language you must have evidence of a minimum overall IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. For further information about English language requirement please view our English language requirements page.

Fees and funding


Funding to support student fees may be available via an educational grant provided by Allergan – please contact the module lead for further information.

The University has engaged with all the principal suppliers of Botulinum Toxin to enable us to support learners in developing the skills and techniques required to provide a comprehensive approach to the management of spasticity regardless of the form of Botulinum Toxin used within their trust. This reflects how the University is in no way providing an endorsement of a particular Botulinum Toxin product through any of the learning provided.

Funding may also be available through your employing trust. Please contact your Trust’s Educational Co-ordinator for further information.

If you work in the private, independent and voluntary sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.