Practice Placements play a large part in the development of students as Occupational Therapists. As part of their studies, students undertake a total of four clinical placements; comprising two per year of the programme, obtaining a minimum of 1000 hours of practice placement experience.
Placements allocations are overseen by the Practice Placement Lead working in close conjunction with the Work Based Learning team to ensure students are provided with a broad range of experiences of Occupational Therapy. The Practice Placement Lead aims to ensure that all students have the opportunity to work with a range of people of all ages;
In order to achieve this aim students should expect to complete placements in the following settings;
Clinical sites and students are normally notified of allocations a minimum of 6 weeks before a placement is due to commence.
This structure reflects the nature of contemporary Occupational Therapy practice, recognising the diverse settings in which physiotherapists work, and the importance of working with inter-professional teams and carers.
Year 1 (full-time, year 1 and 2 part-time) practice learning placements are embedded within the two Theory and Practice in Occupational Therapy models (1) and (2). The placements are assessed on a pass/fail basis. These are both six week full-time placements. In the second year (full-time or years 2 and 3 part-time) they are linked to Leadership and Entrepreneurship in Occupational Therapy (an eight week full time placement) and placement four in the module Evaluation in Practice (a ten week full time placement). As the placement blocks are embedded within modules the course team will be supporting students to integrate their practice and theory based learning. As students’ progress through the four placements there is an expectation that students will be encouraged and required to demonstrate development in their knowledge, skills and competencies taking an increasingly active role in the management and delivery of occupational therapy to service users.
The purpose of these placements is to;