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OCCT6014 Applied Occupational Therapy Practice

Module Overview

This module sets out to develop a broad evidence-based, integrated approach of Occupational Therapy management with clients with multiple problems. It will integrate theoretical principles of Occupational Therapy practice explored during the preceding modules (in particular, Therapeutic Processes). You will critically appraise intervention programmes based on clinical judgement, ethical reasoning, client perspective and context. You will also explore current legislation and healthcare delivery to reflect on how it affects delivery of integrated treatment programmes. This module will continue to develop reflective skills in relation to learning and professional practice.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically appraise the evidence from a range of professional sources underpinning Occupational Therapy practice in relation to assessment, management and evaluation of outcome in relation to selected case studies
  • Apply sound clinical reasoning and justify your reasoning where clinical evidence is lacking, reflecting on your reasoning to inform future practice
  • Apply a range of clinical skills in relation to multiple and integrated clinical problems demonstrating awareness of cultural differences, safeguarding and health and safety issues, efficacy and probable outcome, and to adapt your approach where appropriate.
  • Demonstrate a systematic integration of the health and occupation sciences in order to assess, treatment plan and evaluate your interventions with clients with complex needs
  • Apply and justify risk management strategies, SMART treatment goals and mechanisms of review within your intervention plans


The syllabus will include: • Integrated study of biological, physical, psychological and clinical sciences as applied to clients with complex problems. • Evaluation and design of standardised and non-standardised assessment and outcome measures. • Development and adaptation of rehabilitation strategies appropriate to clients with complex problems. • Complex clinical reasoning where clinical evidence is lacking. • Utilisation and evaluation of qualitative data in relation to integrated therapeutic process • Application of legislation, standards and guidelines as applied to complex clinical cases. • Appreciation and exploration of ethical, moral and legal issues. • Reflecting on prior learning in an iterative way, bringing examples of learning from previous practice placements.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Learning will be achieved through the study of simulated case studies and clinical examples. Learning will be supported through guided learning activities in groups, small group work, practical workshops and, where appropriate, formal lectures. Guided group learning will form a significant component of student activity and will be facilitated at the start of the module by School staff and, where appropriate, latterly visiting clinicians and/ or clients with multiple and integrated problems. Formative feedback will be achieved through the guided learning groups and supported by School staff. Iterative reflection will also underpin the guided learning groups

Independent Study127.5
Blended Learning30
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Alfaro-LeFevre, R (2017). Critical Thinking, Clinical Reasoning, and Clinical Judgment: A Practical Approach. 

Brown G, Esdaile S, Ryan S (2003). Becoming an Advanced Healthcare Practitioner. 

Turpin, M J & Iwana, M K (2011). Using Occupational Therapy Models in Practice: A field guide. 



Class practicals


MethodPercentage contribution
Case based practical & viva  (30 minutes) 50%
Presentation & Viva  (20 minutes) 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External


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:


There are no additional costs associated with this module.

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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