This module provides an opportunity to experience current practice in a variety of locations across Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and surrounding counties. Principle providers of placements will be in health or social care settings. You will work alongside an experienced HCPC registered therapist who will act as the main placement educator for the entire placement. However, you will likely work within a wider team as a routine part of your experience. You and the placement educator and point of contact will be allocated a Locality Contact (a member of the academic staff in the School's OT team) who will provide a link to the academic programme and will meet you at least once during the placement. You will be supernumerary to the staff in the area in which you are placed.
This particular placement has a focus on you observing and beginning to engage with service users, using your own existing skills and those developed within the academic programme, prior to placement. During the placement you will be closely supervised by your practice educator and will be encouraged to take increasing responsibility, according to yours and your practice educator's assessment of your confidence and developing abilities.
Integration of Service Users (SU)
The experience of working closely with service users of all ages, cultural backgrounds and across clinical specialities is an essential ingredient to the learning and assessment of competency in Health Care programmes. This placement links to work carried out in other level 4 modules, allowing you to apply your foundation knowledge and skills to understand the impact of pathologies on the occupational engagement of service users. You will also explore the role of occupational therapists in facilitating/enabling service users to manage their conditions/situations, (re)engage with important occupations and where appropriate to engage with the rehabilitation process.
The partnership between the academic and practice arena is an essential ingredient in the development, delivery and evaluation of health care programmes. During other level 4 modules you will have opportunities to work alongside and learn together in mixed groups of health care students and this will be replicated in practice placement experiences where different professions frequently work together within practice teams. It is envisaged that these experiences will have an impact on how and what you explore and in particular may be a feature of aspects of your personal and professional development activities (see learning outcomes).