This module provides an introduction to, and an opportunity to experience, the large diversity of current healthcare services in Audiology. At the heart of the module are the short introductory placements: 3 weeks within audiology services, usually split into two or three blocks. These will give you experience of different services, and potentially different sectors, in audiology as well as an opportunity to apply and develop the reflection skills you began to develop in Introduction to Professional Practice in Semester 1. This module also includes an introduction to the complex landscape of audiology services and the forces that shape it, preparation for those placements (including professional practice while on placements), an introduction to the Professional Development Portfolio (PDP), exploration of issues that arise for students on placement and for service users interacting with services, and preparation in case you wish to seek employment as an assistant audiologist or Hearing Care Assistant after completing Part 1. The latter also serves as an introduction to graduate employability issues.
The module builds on the development of your knowledge of healthcare services and professional practice in healthcare generally in Introduction to Professional Practice in Semester 1. It will also consolidate and contextualise your professional and clinical audiology skills being developed in Clinical and Professional Practice 1 by providing opportunities to put them into practice in the dynamic, challenging and hectic world of real clinical services.
See also the Terms of Placement, which can be found in Appendix 1 of your Programme Specification.