OT0609 - Placement 4

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What will I learn on this module?

By the end of this module, you will have developed your Occupational Therapy knowledge and skills by completing your final Occupational Therapy practice placement and working towards competencies on placement which are reflective of the requirements of an entry-level practitioner. This placement will consolidate and build upon all of your university and placement learning to date.

Although still supervised, you will have an increasingly autonomous role in understanding occupational needs of individuals, groups and/or communities and making decisions about the promotion of health and well-being through occupation. The placement will encourage independence when using theory and evidence to inform practice and to develop as a reflective practitioner and lifelong learner. You will also be encouraged to be accountable for safe and effective occupational therapy practice.

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. A range of simulated scenarios will be used to encourage students to consider the complexity of professional decision making in real time and using authentic cases and 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, although will be expected to demonstrate an autonomous and proactive approach to your practice learning. Alongside the identified educator(s), you will be encouraged to seek and build opportunities to learn from other team members and related services/networks and to demonstrate how this learning is influencing the development of your own knowledge and skills.

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. Critically apply theories and concepts of occupation to occupational therapy professional reasoning

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. Demonstrate independent professional reasoning and decision making by meeting identified practice competencies and demonstrating safe and effective occupational therapy practice skills

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

3. Critically reflect on own practice and understand the contribution to lifelong learning
4. Demonstrate resilience, resourcefulness and self-management in order to understand a range of practice-based issues

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 6 Practice Placement Competencies (all MLO’s)

You will be assessed by your Placement Educator on a pass/fail basis in line with specified level 6 competencies. You will receive written and verbal feedback on your strengths and areas for development from your Placement Educator


Level 4 and 5 modules



Module abstract

This module provides the final placement opportunity and focuses on the transition from Occupational Therapy student to an entry level practitioner. You will spend 9 weeks as part of a team within an identified area of practice and will be allocated to a qualified Occupational Therapist who will guide and support your learning to assist you to develop an increasingly autonomous role. You will also be encouraged to demonstrate leadership skills in practice and to promote the role of the OT. Through 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.

The final period of practice placement is an exciting time for you as you reflect upon your own reasoning, practice and professional development. The placement process will also be supported by university sessions before, during and after your placement to help you to prepare for your transition to qualified practice and to assist you to consolidate learning and identify 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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