OT0504 - Placement 2

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What will I learn on this module?

By the end of this module, you will have further developed your Occupational Therapy knowledge and skills by completing your second Occupational Therapy practice placement. This will build on the skills and experience gained during placement 1.
Through supervised practice, you will actively participate in the Occupational Therapy process, learning to apply knowledge drawn from your work in modules completed so far; developing skills in assessing needs and promoting health and wellbeing through the use of activities and occupation. You will learn about, and experience, the importance of collaborative working and utilise opportunities to develop your professional and organisational skills. You will apply all of this knowledge to taking a more active role within the delivery of safe and effective occupational therapy practice.

The placement will continue to encourage your learning of the reflective process and support your development as a reflective and evidence-based practitioner and will make links to theoretical concepts from other Y1 and Y2 modules.

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. 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.

The preparatory period in university prior to placement will revisit 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 a more active role within the practice environment.

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, disciplines 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. You will be encouraged to take an active role within your practice learning, negotiating and identifying learning opportunities and providing a range of evidence to achieve placement competencies.

University sessions prior, during and following the practice placement will help you to link theory to practice and consolidate learning. 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 principles of occupational engagement and performance and the role of the OT in the therapeutic process within the context of the practice area

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. Apply core occupational therapy and professional theories, concepts and principles to demonstrate development of professional reasoning skills throughout the therapeutic process
3. Apply and appraise relevant OT techniques/core skills with supervision by meeting identified practice competencies and demonstrating safe and effective practice
4. Analyse research evidence and apply to practice.

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

5. Demonstrate awareness of policy context, the value of collaboration, communication and team working to person centred care.

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 5 Practice Placement Competencies (ALL MLOs)

You will be assessed by your Placement Educator on a pass/fail basis in line with specified level 5 competencies. You will receive written and verbal feedback on your strengths and areas for development from your Placement Educator


Level 4 modules



Module abstract

This module provides further opportunity to experience and be actively involved in delivering Occupational Therapy practice at first hand. You will spend 7 weeks as part of a team within an identified area of practice, learning from and with service users, occupational therapists, health/social care professionals and wider services and team members. You will be allocated to a qualified Occupational Therapist who will guide and support your learning.

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. This module will enable you to build on foundation skills developed during placement 1 and to link to theories, concepts and skills developed during university modules.

The placement process will also be supported by university sessions before, during and after your placement to help you to prepare for practice and to assist you to consolidate learning and future development needs.

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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