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OCCT3037 Practice Placement 4 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 (with some additional placement opportunities in diverse settings within the private/voluntary/independent sector). 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. If you apply for and are successful in securing a placement in a diverse, role emerging setting you will be allocated an occupational therapy tutor from the University who will maintain contact with you throughout the placement and will meet with you for practice supervision each week. If you apply for and are successful in securing a diverse non-traditional placement, you will be allocated a link tutor from the Occupational Therapy team at the university and will receive a minimum of three support visits/contacts during the placement. You are supernumerary to the staff in the service in which you are placed. Placement 4 has a focus on you making an active contribution to the assessment and treatment/management of service users in a specific area of practice. You will take an active part under supervision of the placement educator who will support you to take responsibility for and work independently with a selected caseload. Integration of Service Users The experience of working closely with service users of all ages, cultural backgrounds and across practice specialities is an essential ingredient to the learning and assessment of competency in Occupational Therapy programmes. This placement links to work carried out in level 5/6 modules where specific service user group needs and/or treatment is investigated. 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 the academic and practice arena is an essential ingredient in the development, delivery and evaluation of Occupational Therapy programmes. During other modules/placements throughout the programme you will have had opportunities to work alongside and learn together in mixed groups of health professional students and this will be replicated in this practice placement experience where different professions frequently work together within teams. It is envisaged that these experiences will have an impact on how, and what you explore and in particular will be a feature of your personal and professional development activities.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively with service users, carers and other professionals and work in partnership with other members of the multi-disciplinary team, taking account of ethical considerations and respecting rights, dignity, and confidentiality.
  • Develop constructive working relationships with members of the multidisciplinary team providing comprehensive accurate records and reports as necessary.
  • Assess service users, negotiating and analysing the information with them, prioritising problems and planning appropriate management programmes, recognising their physical, psychological and social/cultural needs.
  • Critically appraise the range of therapeutic interventions to implement a management programme safely, effectively and efficiently.
  • Evaluate and reflect on the outcome of clinical decisions with service users and be able to appropriately alter or discontinue interventions, or make referrals to other services.
  • Utilise previous experience and adapt therapeutic/management practice to meet varying circumstances and the health/social care environment.
  • Manage yourself, a caseload and others to optimise outcomes.
  • Provide evidence of a search strategy and effectiveness criteria related to a complex case and/or area of practice.
  • Provide evidence of personal and professional reflection and planning appropriate to continuing professional development and future professional registration.


The integration of knowledge, skills and attitudes specific to the speciality area of the placement reflect the five sections of practice: safe conduct, professionalism, interpersonal skills, clinical/therapeutic skills and management skills as defined in the occupational therapy practice placement assessment criteria. Introduction to the Continuous Professional Development process: including developing learning outcomes/objectives, reflecting on a learning experience and producing a detailed practice case study/project relevant to the placement area. You will receive support from a placement educator to take an active role in, and where appropriate be independently responsible for a caseload. 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, in order 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 within 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, where appropriate - 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

Placement Hours400
Total study time400

Resources & Reading list

McLeod J (2013). Introduction to Counselling. 

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

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

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





MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment 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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