This module provides an opportunity to experience current practice in physiotherapy. It will take place in a variety of locations across the south of England. Principle providers of placement will be in community, secondary or primary care settings. You will be linked to an experienced therapist who will act as placement educator for the entire period of study. You and the placement educator will be allocated an academic contact (a member of the academic staff in the physio team) who will provide a link to the academic programme and will talk to you at least once during the placement. You are supernumerary to the staff on the unit in which you are placed.
This particular module of study builds on the 1-week observation placement in Semester 1. It has a focus on observing professional practice and undertaking simple assessment, treatment and information gathering activity. You may take part in intervention activity under close supervision but will not be expected to carry your own case load.
The experience of working closely with patients of all ages, cultural backgrounds and across clinical specialities is an essential ingredient to the learning and assessment of competency in Physiotherapy programmes. This placement links to work carried out in other level 4 modules where the assessment and treatment of specific conditions is investigated at a basic foundation level. You need to be aware of patient lived experiences derived from 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 patients are handled in a proactive and positive manner in all your scholarly and practical activities.
The partnership between the academic and practice arena is an essential ingredient in the development, delivery and evaluation of the Physiotherapy programmes. During other level 4 modules you will have opportunities to work alongside and learn together in mixed groups of healthcare students and this will be replicated in all practice placement experiences where different professions frequently work together within clinical teams.