OT0407 - Placement 1

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What will I learn on this module?

By the end of this module, you will have experienced Occupational Therapy practice in an identified context, developing an understanding of the value of collaboration and team-working and making a contribution to person-centred care.
Through supervised practice, you will explore and experience human occupation and the benefits of therapeutic activity to health and wellbeing. You will also learn about, and demonstrate at a foundation level, the values, skills and professional requirements of a student Occupational Therapist. In particular, you will begin to consider the professional skills required for safe and effective practice.

Hours completed on this module contribute to the 1000 hours of supervised practice required to be eligible to register to practice on completion of the programme. As you will be guided by professional and regulatory body requirements for student occupational therapists, practice placement is a fundamental part of preparing you for your own future professional employment. The preparatory period in university prior to placement will help you to understand the professional conduct required in practice as set out by the College of Occupational Therapists Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct (2015) and HCPC Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics (2016).

How will I learn on this module?

The module will begin with a period of university learning to help you to prepare for professional practice. Practical approaches, including simulation, will be used to encourage students to consider and to prepare for scenarios that they will face in practice – such as communicating with service users, attending multi-disciplinary meetings and working and maintaining safety in unpredictable practice environments.

The majority of this module will be practice based. You will engage with an identified Occupational Therapy practice area and work alongside a qualified Occupational Therapist(s) who will act as your practice educator to facilitate your learning. Alongside the identified educator(s), opportunities to learn from other team members and related services can be negotiated throughout the placement. Your practice educator, alongside other professionals, will support you to apply knowledge and skills in the real world practice environment.

University sessions prior, during and following the practice placement will help you to link theory to practice and consolidate learning in preparation for year 2. Tutorials may be in the form of individual or small group tutorials, in university or in practice.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The module tutor, alongside other academic staff, will support you at key points before, during and after the placement. You will also have an identified practice educator (a qualified Occupational Therapist) who will facilitate and support your learning in practice. In addition, you will be supported to identify and access other professionals and disciplines available in the particular practice area.

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 the role of the Occupational Therapist in an identified area of contemporary practice
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. Demonstrate an awareness of the professional skills required for safe and effective practice by meeting the identified practice competencies.
3. Understand the core professional skills of an occupational therapist and apply to practice with supervision.
4. Demonstrate appropriate written and verbal communication skills in order to work collaboratively with others

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

5. Demonstrate self-awareness and ability to reflect

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment:
Ongoing formative assessment of practice where strengths and areas for development are identified. This will be supported through regular supervision meetings between the student and the practice educator and will be summarised during a mid-point contact with an academic tutor.

A written reflection, submitted to your placement educator will also provide an opportunity for formative feedback.

Summative assessment:

Level 4 Practice Placement Competencies
Students will be assessed on a pass/fail basis in line with specified level 4 competencies. You will receive written feedback from your practice educator regarding strengths and areas for development.

The summative assessment will promote achievement of all MLO’s





Module abstract

This module provides your first opportunity to experience Occupational Therapy practice at first hand. You will be allocated to a qualified Occupational Therapist in an identified practice environment, who will guide and support your learning. You will spend time as part of a team within an identified area of practice, learning from and with service users, occupational therapists and wider services and team members. Through opportunities for supervised practice with ongoing assessment and feedback, and monitored through regular supervision with your allocated practice educator, you will be supported to work towards the placement competencies relevant to your level of learning.

At the end of your first year, this module will enable you to link the foundation knowledge and skills you have developed through university modules to a practice context. The placement process will also be supported by university sessions before, during and after your placement to help you to prepare for practice, to assist you to consolidate learning and future development needs and to reflect upon your placement experiences with staff and students.

Course info

UCAS Code B920

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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