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In order to support students within practice placements as the Practice Educator, clinicians are required to participate in training provided by the course team. Initial training will be delivered as a two-day workshop, which will look at both the educator and student’s roles and expectations, an overview of the course structure, teaching and learning styles, assessment processes and skills for facilitating learning in practice (inc supervision). Practice Educators will then be invited to annual update opportunities. Both these workshops are free to practice educators. In addition, Practice Educators are updated during placement visits to ensure currency of information.
Practice Educators will also be invited to the student conference which will take place at the end of year two of the course for their own continuous professional development purposes but also to continue to ensure our partnership as a university with our practice educators.
All placement will normally be visited during a student placement by a member of the course team (Skype/telephone support will be utilised for international or distant elective placements) this visits will also be used to ensure Practice educators feel supported in their role.
For a more formal learning experience (with academic credit), there is a multi-professional practice education module that can be undertaken if Practice Educators are interested in undertaking more formal study. This module forms part of the Faculty CPD framework therefore credits gained from undertaking the module can be used towards future academic award. This qualification is being mapped to the APPLE scheme run by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists with a view to becoming accredited with the scheme. This will complement other training and support offered by the course team and the work based learning unit.
Any queries regarding Practice Educator courses should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org who will direct enquiries to the Occupational Therapy team.