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OCCT2030 Practice Placement 2 OT for MSc

Module Overview

This module provides an opportunity to experience current practice in a variety of locations across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Principle providers of placement will be in health or social care settings (with some potential additional placements in schools, prisons, private and voluntary organisations as appropriate). You will be attached to an experienced therapist who will act as placement educator for the entire period of study. You and the placement educator 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 visit you at least once during the placement. You are supernumerary to the staff on the unit in which you are placed. This particular placement has a focus on you making an active contribution to the assessment and treatment of service users in a specific area of practice. You will take an active part under close supervision of the placement educator who will prompt you to take responsibility for a selected case load. 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 5 modules where specific service user groups needs and/or treatment is investigated at a foundation level. You need to be aware of service users' lived experiences derived from narratives, research and evaluation of practice. This will improve your knowledge base and also underpin any self-development activities linked to practice placement. This combination of theoretical evidence and practice-based work will ensure that the profile and needs of service users are handled in a proactive and positive manner in all your scholarly and practical activities. Multi-Professional Learning The partnership between the academic and practice arena is an essential ingredient in the development, delivery and evaluation of Occupational Therapy programmes. During other level 5 modules you will have opportunities to work alongside and learn together in groups of students from different professional backgrounds 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).

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aims of the module are: To provide practice based experience in the treatment/management of service users. You will build upon prior practice placement experience; integrate theoretical knowledge and skills learnt in academic modules into the practice environment and utilise transferable cognitive, affective and practical skills.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Modify communication styles to develop effective working relationships with patients/clients and other professionals taking account of ethical considerations and respecting their rights, dignity, and confidentiality.
  • Foster effective working relationships with members of the multidisciplinary team providing appropriate professional feedback
  • With prompting from practice educators assess patients/clients, involving them in the analysis of the information. Identify problems and strengths, in order to plan intervention, taking account of individual patient/client needs.
  • Select and apply appropriate interventions taking into account health and safety issues and modify them in response to evaluation of the outcomes achieved
  • Manage a caseload, prioritising your workload and managing your time effectively
  • Construct management plans for patient/client intervention and manage resources in the light of departmental expectations, constraints and available supporting services
  • Produce a comprehensive case study/project arising from practice that evidences the application of theoretical and practical skills learnt throughout the academic year, the current placement and in previous practice placement/s, and evaluates the effectiveness of the process
  • Reflect on and critically evaluate recent professional activity indicating the impact of critical events on personal and professional practice and development.

Syllabus

The integration of knowledge, skills and attitudes specific to the speciality area of the placement reflect the five sections of practice: safe/professional conduct, professionalism, interpersonal, clinical/therapeutic and management skills as defined in the pre-set practice placement assessment criteria. Introduction to the Continuous Professional Development process: including developing learning outcomes/objectives, reflecting on a learning experience and producing a practice case study/piece of work. You will receive prompting from a placement educator and take an active role in, and where appropriate be responsible for a caseload under their supervision. You will have opportunity to work with and learn from other health professionals and appropriate staff within the placement setting as well as the named placement educator, to facilitate understanding of the multidisciplinary and complex nature of health and social care provision.

Special Features

Service users have had a ‘patient/client voice’ in developing the learning outcomes for this module. Some practice placements are located in buildings which may be inaccessible to students with restricted mobility, for example, in old hospital buildings. Additionally some practice placements may require students to visit people in their domestic settings with a variety of accessibility issues. If there is an issue with accessibility, reasonable adjustments will be made or an alternative placement will be made available to ensure you have an equivalent experience and can meet the required learning outcomes. Grading of Placements The assessment of practice placements is through a placement assessment form which will be emailed to your practice educator. Once completed in collaboration with you at the final assessment stage, it will be returned by email to the placement assessments team at the University. Your academic tutor has access to the document to support your ongoing learning and progression. The Assessment of Practice addresses the following areas: There are 5 specific domains of assessment each with their own subsection criteria. Section 1 – Safety Section 2 – Professionalism Section 3 – Interpersonal Skills/Communication Section 4 – Therapeutic/Clinical Skills Section 5 – Management/Leadership Skills Sections 1 & 2 have 3 response items namely unsatisfactory, needs improvement or satisfactory. Sections 3 – 5 have 5 response items graded A – E, where E is a fail. The importance of safety and professionalism is emphasised by sections 1 & 2 being assessed in the same manner on each placement. To represent your increasing proficiency and level of achievement the criteria for sections 3 – 5 differ and are further developed for each level as you progress from Placement 1 – Placement 4.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Your learning will be facilitated by a placement educator(s) who will use a variety of methods, including: • demonstration by a recognised placement educator in the placement facility • supervised service user contact using mentorship • staff and learner led presentations • case study/presentations • ward rounds/case conferences • attendance at clinics and opportunities to observe specialist treatments such as surgical interventions • departmental in-service programmes • peer support in the university and practice-based setting • support from placement educators and visiting academics (locality contacts) • eLearning resources: blackboard site • learning resources in practice area • practice placement handbook

TypeHours
Placement225
Total study time225

Resources & Reading list

Higgs J & Jones M (2008). Clinical Reasoning in Health Professionals. 

McLeod J (2013). Introduction to Counselling. 

Royal College of Occupational Therapists. Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct for Occupational Therapists. 

Assessment

Formative

Evaluation

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Evaluation 100%

Costs

Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Accommodation and Travel

You may incur costs related to travel to and from practice placement, plus additional possible travel costs between practice areas, patient/client homes etc. You may also incur additional costs for accommodation for practice placement

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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