Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Postgraduate Module in Musculoskeletal Injection Therapy

In recognition of the changing face of health service delivery for musculoskeletal injection therapy, this postgraduate module aims to address the training needs of doctors, physiotherapists and nurses working in:

  • Orthopaedic medicine
  • Rheumatology
  • Musculoskeletal medicine
  • Sports medicine

This module focusses on the development of knowledge, advanced reasoning and practical skills for the use of injection therapy in upper and lower limb musculoskeletal conditions. The module will be delivered by senior faculty of the RCSI Schools of Medicine, Physiotherapy and Pharmacy

Module content

Content within the Module in Musculoskeletal Injection Therapy will include: 

  • Review of relevant musculoskeletal anatomy
  • Principles of injection therapy techniques
  • Clinical decision-making
  • Pharmacology of joint and soft tissue injection therapy

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, the learner will be able to: 

  • Demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning in relation to the rationale for and evaluation of injection therapy in the management of musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the evidence base for the use of injection therapy as a singular or adjunctive therapy.
  • Demonstrate safe, effective and competent practice in the technical application of injection therapy.
  • Understand the ethical, legal, health and safety issues regarding the use of injection therapy


1. 2,500 word written assignment related to musculoskeletal injection therapy (40%)

2. Practice placement portfolio (2,000 words) demonstrating evidence of clinical reasoning related to use of injection therapy.

  • This must also include a record sheet which demonstrates evidence of 10 successfully completed injections supervised by mentor (record sheet not graded)

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for doctors, physiotherapists and nurses.

Registration with appropriate medical, physiotherapy or nursing governing /professional body such as the Irish Medical Council, CORU, or the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. Applicants must demonstrate proof of registration with the above bodies, provide evidence of current and appropriate indemnity insurance and provide written evidence of an agreement with a mentor/supervisor for the learning- in-practice components of the course.


2019 dates are as follows:

  • Thursday and Friday, 4-5 April
  • Thursday and Friday, 11-12 April
  • Friday, 17 May

Apply now

Closing date for applications extended to Friday, 1 March 2019

You will be required to show evidence of the following on application:


For further enquiries, please contact Dr Helen French, Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy, RCSI.
Telephone: +353 1 402 2258