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Occupational Therapy Placements

Where are my placements likely to be?

You could find yourself anywhere in the UK in any organisation with which we have a placement relationship. Please note that you cannot expect to be in the same geographical area for each of your placements.

What areas of practice will be included in my placements?

You will complete practice experiences in the following areas; physical and mental health in community and inpatient settings. We will endeavour to source placements which will be balanced across the life-span and offer a range of different care contexts. Examples of these may be learning disabilities or wheelchair services. There may be an opportunity for you to apply for a placement in a diverse setting in the final year, should you wish.

How am I supervised?

Placements use several different models of supervision. In all cases you will be assigned at least one practice educator from the area in which you are placed. Your assigned educator will be an HCPC registered occupational therapist. Students undertaking diverse placements may be supervised by a professional other than an occupational therapist and in these cases additional support is provided by the University.

How am I assessed?

You must successfully complete a minimum of 1000 hours of assessed practice-based learning throughout the course of your pre-registration programme. You will be assessed against competence in a range of areas according to your academic level of study and to the satisfaction of your practice educator. Your educator will officially 'sign off' each competency on a form that is then sent back to the University

How are my placements allocated?

Your placements are pre-planned by us depending on your circumstances. That means we will try where possible to take into account where you live, whether you have children under 12 years old or dependent relatives, and whether you have access to a car. You'll be given an opportunity to disclose all the relevant factors.

Can I change a placement?

Yes, you can. However, you will need to formally request any change. Whether or not you will be allowed to change your placement will be decided by us. Please be aware that changes to placements are not always possible as there are only a certain number available.

What hours will I work?

You will be expected to work the normal shift pattern of the organisation to which you are sent. This is likely to include weekends, evenings and shifts. You will work a total of 40 hours per week which will include protected study time.

How will I get to my placements?

It is your responsibility to get to and from your placements. Having a car is a benefit, especially for community placements. In cases where you use your car during placement, you will need suitable business insurance cover. If your placement is on the Isle of Wight you will have to cross the Solent by sea from one of Hampshire's many ferry ports.

What if I am ill or have an emergency?

If you cannot get to your placement on any given day, you must contact your place of work as soon as possible and email your academic tutor and locality visitor to inform him or her about your absence.

How do I make up the hours if I am absent?

This all depends on how many hours you have missed. It may be possible to make up the hours by simply working a bit longer in the remainder of your placement. If this is not possible then you should work with your programme lead to find an appropriate way to make up the time lost.

Photo of Kellie Tedjo
In my first year, I was attached to an acquired brain injury (ABI) unit. My supervisor and OT team made sure that I was given every opportunity to learn how OT impacts recovery and community rehabilitation.
Kellie TedjoBSc Occupational Therapy, 2018

Hours in practice

1,000

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