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OCCT3300 Practice Placement 4a 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 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. Multi-Professional Learning 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

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively with service users and carers taking account of ethical considerations and respecting rights, dignity, and confidentiality.
  • Develop constructive working partnerships with members of the multidisciplinary team providing comprehensive accurate records and reports as necessary.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Provide evidence of a search strategy and relevant literature related to a complex case/specified project, carried out for the 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, 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

Placement Hours240
Total study time240

Resources & Reading list

Guidance on Conduct and Ethics for Students .

W Bryant, J Fieldhouse and K Bannigan eds (2014). Creek’s Occupational Therapy and Mental Health. 

Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct for Occupational Therapists. 

Standards of Proficiency .

Curtin, M. Egan, M. Adams, J.  (2017). Occupational Therapy for People Experiencing Illness, Injury or Impairment . 

Alsop, A & Ryan, S (2000). Making the most of Fieldwork Education: A Practical Approach . 



Assessment of Practice


MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment of Practice 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment of Practice 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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