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OCCT2031 Practice Placement 3 OT

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. You will work with an experienced therapist who will be your placement educator for the entire period of the placement. 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 in the service 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 in service user interventions under close supervision of the placement educator who will guide you to take responsibility for a selected caseload. Integration of Service Users The experience of working closely with service users of all ages, cultural backgrounds and across specialities is an essential ingredient to the learning and assessment of competency in Occupational Therapy programmes. This placement links to work carried out in previous placements and other level 5 modules where specific service user groups' needs and/or interventions are investigated at an intermediate 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 needs of service users are dealt with in a proactive and positive manner in all your scholarly and practical activities. Multi-Professional Learning The partnership between academic and practice environments is an essential ingredient in the development, delivery and evaluation of the Occupational Therapy programme. During other level 5 modules you will have opportunities to work alongside and learn together in mixed groups of professional students. This will be replicated in all practice placement experiences where different professions frequently work together within practice teams. It is envisaged that these experiences will have impact on how, and what you explore and in particular will be a feature of aspects of your personal and professional development activities (see learning outcomes).

Aims and Objectives

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.
  • Create effective working relationships with members of the multidisciplinary team providing appropriate professional feedback.
  • With prompting from your practice educator(s) assess patients/clients, involving them in the analysis of the information and Identifying problems and strengths, in order to plan appropriate occupation focussed interventions, taking account of individual patient/client needs.
  • Select and apply appropriate occupation focussed interventions, taking into account health and safety issues and modifying interventions in response to evaluation of the outcomes achieved.
  • Manage a caseload as appropriate, prioritising your workload and managing your time effectively.
  • Construct management plans for patient/client interventions and manage resources in the light of departmental expectations, constraints and available supporting services.
  • Produce a comprehensive case study or project arising from practice that evidences the application of theoretical and practical skills learnt throughout your academic programme, the current placement and previous placements Evaluate the effectiveness of the project or of the assessment, intervention and management (for a case study).
  • Reflect on and critically evaluate recent professional activity discussing the impact of critical events on personal and professional practice and development.


Introduction to the Continuous Professional Development process: including developing learning outcomes/objectives, reflecting on a learning experience and producing a practice case study/project relevant to the placement area. You will receive prompting from a placement educator and take an active role in, and where appropriate be responsible for a caseload under 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.

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/project presentations - ward rounds/case conferences/community visits - attendance at clinics/team meetings 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

Total study time240

Resources & Reading list

Guidance on Conduct and Ethics for students.

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

McLeod J (2013). An Introduction to Counselling. 

Curtin M, Egan M and Adams J (2017). Occupational Therapy for People Experiencing Illness, Injury or Impairment: Promoting occupation and participation. 

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

Standards of Proficiency.

Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics.





MethodPercentage contribution
Evaluation 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Evaluation 100%


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

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