DA5026 - Occupational Therapy Skills 2

What will I learn on this module?

Occupational Therapists use a wide range of practice skills to identify and assess occupational needs and to facilitate occupational engagement for those they work alongside. By the end of this module, you will have developed practice skills which enable Occupational Therapists to work with people with a range of needs and in a range of practice settings.

The core skills of an Occupational Therapist link to how they select, analyse, adapt and utilise occupations to promote occupational engagement, health and wellbeing. This module will focus on the occupational process and the development of professional clinical reasoning skills. You will be provided with opportunities to learn and practice these skills and apply them to a range of authentic case studies and practice contexts. This will include consideration of listening and interviewing skills in order to understand occupational needs and priorities; practical skills in planning and facilitating individual and group activities in a range of practice contexts while considering a range of variables including risk management that impact on safe and effective practice. Alongside these practical skills, professional reasoning and decision making skills will also be developed throughout the module. In addition, you will also have the opportunity to develop wider professional skills including skills in risk assessment, record keeping and collaborative working.

How will I learn on this module?

The module will be delivered through a blended approach of online learning, workbook activities and group work. Clinical colleagues and experts by experience (service users) contribute to the teaching ensuring that you are able to make apply theoretical concepts to a practical environment. You will utilise your work-based experience to consolidate your learning through a range of reflective activities and discussions with peers and your work-based mentor. A mix of online workshops, lectures and directed learning will be utilised to introduce you to key module concepts. Peer led seminars will also be utilised to explore how a range of professional knowledge (such as research evidence, professional guidelines and legislation) informs how an Occupational Therapist applies their skills. You will also engage in peer learning activities during practical group work, simulation of occupational therapy interventions and reflection. Campus based sessions will be utilised during the semester consolidation week, enabling you to synthesise workbased learning , practice placement learning alongside the theoretical and practical university based sessions.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The identified module tutor, alongside the module teaching team, will structure learning opportunities to support your learning within the module and to assist you to work towards the module assessment. The module guide, the electronic reading list, and information communicated throughout the module within sessions and on the e-learning portal will all signpost you to resources to support your academic development.

A formative assessment is ongoing throughout the workshops with staff and peer feedback to assist you to evaluate your own progress within the module and identify areas for development. Assessment preparation with the module teaching team will also be an integral part of the module.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Understand and discuss core Occupational Therapy practice skills and their application to a range of practice contexts
2. Understand and apply a range of professional knowledge to safe and effective occupational therapy practice

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Utilise a range of assessment skills to identify and prioritise occupational need, and to include the assessment of risk
4. Develop skills in activity and occupational analysis to select, adapt and grade activities
5. Develop communication and collaboration skills in order work in partnership with a range of individuals, groups and service-providers.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
6. Demonstrate an understanding of, and commitment to, principles of person- centred health and care practice.
7. Demonstrate ethical reasoning to optimise occupational participation for individuals and groups whilst considering a range of policy, legislation, evidence and professional guidelines.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment
Semester 1 - on line mock examination considering of a short answer paper based on the elements of the occupational therapy process and professional reasoning based on a case study

Semester 2
On- going formative assessment will be integrated throughout the module in the form of a range of simulated learning experiences with peer and tutor feedback and students will be able to provide a plan of the chosen intervention for peer and tutor review for peer and tutor review.

Summative assessment:
Assessment of Professional Skills (All MLOs)
Semester 1
3 hour unseen, open book on line examination considering of a short answer paper based on the elements of the occupational therapy process and professional reasoning based on a case study (50% of the overall mark for the module)

Semester 2: 2000 word Written Report
Students will develop a written report based on the occupational process relating to an identified case study. The report will be based on a practice report (1000 words) supplemented by a detailed commentary which outlines your rationale and clinical reasoning (1000 words).

You will receive written feedback summarising strengths and areas for development from your summative assessment.


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Module abstract

The skill of breaking down activities and occupations in order to understand how they are patterned and performed, and then modify and adapt them to promote and maximise engagement, is essential to Occupational Therapy practice and will be learnt, practiced and applied throughout this module. This module will help you to learn these skills through interactive and experiential ways.

Alongside developing core occupational therapy skills, students will be required to integrate and practice wider professional skills which would enable them to practice safely and effectively. For example, skills in risk assessment, record keeping, delegation and communication.

Teaching and learning will mainly focus on practical, experiential and simulated learning. Formative assessment will provide an opportunity for each student to demonstrate their knowledge and skills linked to an identified scenario and this will lead into the summative assessment for the module. For the summative assessment students will be required to submit a written report based on their intervention plan for an identified case study of their choice (from the scenarios used within the module) which meets professional record keeping requirements.

Course info

Credits 40

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 Years Full Time

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024

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