OT0508 - Developing Occupational Therapy Practice Skills

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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. Throughout this module 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. Examples include listening and interviewing skills in order to understand occupational needs and priorities; practical skills in assessing environments; and skills in facilitating individual and group activities among other examples. Alongside such practical skills, professional reasoning and decision making skills will also be developed throughout the module.

Alongside this, and integrated with opportunities to learn profession-specific Occupational Therapy skills, you will also develop wider professional skills including skills in risk assessment, record keeping and collaborative working.

How will I learn on this module?

Lectures, e-lectures and directed learning will be utilised to introduce you to key module concepts. 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. However, as the focus of the module is on the development of practical skills, practical and experiential sessions and workshops will be utilised extensively for students to learn, practice and reflect upon their skills. Sessions facilitated by external lecturers, practicing as Occupational Therapists or using Occupational Therapy skills within current roles, will form an important part of this module. Learning from the experience of service users will also be included where appropriate.

Simulation, a particular type of practical learning which focuses on replicating the thinking and skills required in close-to-life scenarios and environments, will also be utilised within this module. Some sessions will also utilise live-capture technology to enable students to review and reflect upon their decision-making and practical skills within identified scenarios.

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 handbook, 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 opportunity with staff and/or peer feedback will 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?

Group formative assessment will be integrated throughout the module in the form of a range of simulated learning experiences with peer and tutor feedback.

Each individual will also have a formative assessment where they will submit a written plan and facilitate a short intervention – with opportunities for peer and tutor feedback. This will directly link to the module summative assessment.

Summative assessment:

Assessment of Professional Skills (All MLOs)

With reference to the written plan and the formative practical intervention, a viva will be utilised to explore professional reasoning and decision-making.

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 practical skills linked to an identified scenario and this will lead in to the summative assessment for the module. The summative assessment will refer to the same scenario and students will be required to submit a written intervention plan (which meets professional record keeping requirements), and justify professional reasoning within a viva.

Course info

UCAS Code B920

Credits 40

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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