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 placements in non traditional settings such as schools, prisons, private and voluntary organisations). You will work with an experienced therapist(s) 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/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 case load.
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 other modules throughout the two years where specific service user group needs and/or interventons are 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 profile and needs of service users are dealt with in a proactive and positive manner in all your scholarly and practical activities.
The partnership between the academic and practice organisations is an essential ingredient in the development, delivery and evaluation of Occupational Therapy programmes. During other year 2 F modules you will have opportunities to work alongside and learn together in mixed groups of health professional students and this will be replicated in practice placement experiences 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 may be a feature of aspects of your personal and professional development activities for the future.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Provide evidence of a search strategy and relevant literature related to a complex case/specified project, carried out for the area of practice.
- Utilise previous experience and adapt therapeutic/management practice to accommodate varying circumstances and the health/social care environment.
- Manage yourself and liaise appropriately with others to optimise outcomes for the service users you work with.
- Critically appraise a range of therapeutic interventions with reference to appropriate evidence, in order to implement a management programme safely, effectively and efficiently.
- Evaluate and reflect on the outcome of decisions with service users and be able to appropriately alter or discontinue interventions, or make referrals to other services.
- Develop constructive working partnerships with members of the multidisciplinary team providing comprehensive accurate records and reports as necessary.
- Communicate effectively with service users and carers taking account of ethical considerations and respecting rights, dignity, and confidentiality.
- Provide evidence of personal and professional reflection and planning appropriate to continuing professional development and future professional registration.
- Manage a caseload, assessing service users, negotiating and analysing information with them , prioritising problems and planning appropriate management programmes, recognising their physical, psychological and social/cultural needs.
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, therapeutic skills and management skills as defined in the pre-set practice placement assessment criteria.
Introduction to the Continuous Professional Development process, includes developing learning outcomes/objectives, reflecting on a learning experience and producing a detailed practice case study/project.
You will receive support 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 within the placement facility
- supervised service user contact
- staff and learner led presentations
- case study/project presentations
- ward rounds/case conferences
- 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
- On-line practice placement handbook
|Total study time||240|
Resources & Reading list
Alsop, A & Ryan, S (2000). Making the most of Fieldwork Education: A Practical Approach. Cheltenham: Stanley Thornes.
Curtin, M. Egan, M. Adams, J. (2017). Occupational Therapy for People Experiencing Illness, Injury or Impairment. London: Elsevier.
(2010). Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct for Occupational Therapists. London: Royal College of Occupational Therapists.
W Bryant, J Fieldhouse and K Bannigan eds (2014). Creek’s Occupational Therapy and Mental Health. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
Formative assessment descriptionAssessment of Practice
Summative assessment description
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Referral assessment description
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