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PSIO3036 Practice Placement 4

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. You will be attached to an experienced therapist 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 Faculty’s PT 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 of service users in a specific area of practice. You will take an active part under close 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 (SU) The experience of working closely with SU of all ages, cultural backgrounds and across clinical specialities is an essential ingredient to the learning and assessment of competency in HCP programmes. This placement links to work carried out in other level 6 modules where specific service user groups needs and/or treatment is investigated at a basic foundation level. You need to be aware of SU 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 SU are handled 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 HCP programmes. During other level 6 modules you will have opportunities to work alongside and learn together in mixed groups of HCP students and this will be replicated in all practice placement experiences where different professions frequently work together within clinical teams. It is envisaged that these experiences will have impact on how, and what you explore and in particular may be a feature of aspects of your personal and professional development activities (see below for learning outcomes).

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively with patients and other professionals and work in partnership with other members of the multi-disciplinary team, taking account of ethical considerations and respecting their rights, dignity, and confidentiality.
  • Develop constructive working relationships with members of the multidisciplinary team providing comprehensive accurate records and reports as necessary.
  • Assess a patient/client, negotiating and analysing the information with the patient/client, prioritising problems and planning an appropriate management programme independently, 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 the patient/client and be able to appropriately alter or discontinue treatment, or to make referrals to other services.
  • Utilise previous experience and adapt therapeutic/management practice to meet varying circumstances and the health/social care environment.
  • Manage themselves, a caseload and others to optimise results.
  • 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 re-registration.


The integration of knowledge, skills and attitudes specific to the specialty area of the placement reflect the five sections of practice: safe/professional conduct, professionalism, interpersonal, clinical/therapeutic and management skills as defined in the pre-set practice placement assessment criteria. Introduction to the Continuous Professional Development process: including developing learning outcomes/objectives, reflecting on a learning experience and producing a practice case study/piece of work. You will receive guidance and prompting a placement educator and take an active role in, and where appropriate be responsible for a caseload under their 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 by a recognised placement educator in the placement facility • Supervised service user contact using mentorship • Staff and learner led presentations • Case study/presentations • Ward rounds/case conferences • Attendance at clinics and opportunities to observe specialist treatments such as surgical interventions • 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

Total study time240

Resources & Reading list

Due to the variety of possible specialist practice settings you will be advised regarding set texts by the placement educator. You need to utilise placement handbooks and module resources to prepare and support your practice based learning.. 



Formative evaluation


MethodPercentage contribution
Summative evaluation 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Summative evaluation 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:

Travel Costs for placements

There are costs associated with being on placement. These include the cost of travelling to and from the placement (once at the beginning and again at the end OR daily), the cost of accommodation whilst on placement and the costs of travelling around in the community during the placement. You may, if using you own car, have to carry extra insurance for work purposes and to carry patients as passengers. These costs are borne entirely by you unless you receive a DoH Bursary (which is subject to means testing). If you receive a bursary, these expenses can be claimed back from the Students’ Grants Unit, DoH.

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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