Module title: Occupational Therapy Practice Placement 1

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: HSC10101
Module leader: Kirstin James
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Innovation for Practice


Description of module content:

Practice Education facilitates the application of your core theoretical knowledge from University into the practice setting, in a safe and competent manner. Your Practice Education placement is an Occupational Therapist supervised, full-time practice education opportunity which takes place over a minimum of 8 weeks in a setting that meets the needs of service users with physical, psychosocial or other, often complex, needs. You may also be on placement in an area that provides specialist services for example children’s services, hospice care, housing services, residential settings, Care Homes, care providers, Third Sector or Community Services and novel, emerging areas of practice. As appropriate, you will work within a model of care and should take every opportunity to learn about and work with other professionals within the setting to increase your knowledge of integrated health and social care. You may receive additional supervision from other appropriately qualified professionals to enhance your experience of Practice Education.

Practice Education develops the application of your core knowledge and understanding of Occupational Therapy theory, constructs and contexts as you experience them being applied to real life situations. You will develop your practice skills by applying them to a range of Occupational Therapy processes including receiving and making referrals, understanding and gaining consent, information gathering, assessment, planning, applying and adapting interventions, analysing outcomes and communicating written and oral information.

Alongside this, you will continue to develop your communication, inter-personal, critical thinking and decision-making abilities as you work with service users and their carers, and will develop your ability to work as part of a team with service providers. You will also develop core knowledge and practice skills by seeking evidence and policy to inform your understanding of the application of Occupational Therapy to your practice context. You should take opportunities to develop your understanding of the importance of audit, quality assurance and review to practice. You will be expected to demonstrate autonomy and initiative in the practice based setting. You will receive both Summative and Formative feedback on your core knowledge and practice skills during Practice Education.

You will be expected to adhere to Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Code of Ethics and
Professional Conduct. You will also be expected to follow the policy of your practice setting in relation to, for example use of social media and data protection.

For Practice Placement 1 you will have undertaken-‘Professional Preparation’-during your first and second terms of study. As well as preparing you for the placement environment you will have undertaken mandatory training which must be completed prior to going on placement. This includes training in: Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICPs), Manual Handling, Basic Life Support Training, Managing Aggression and Control.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1 Demonstrate understanding of the service context and related practice knowledge and the contribution of, and when to refer to, others when working with service users
L02 Demonstrate understanding of occupation in relation to the factors that influence service users’ occupational performance and roles
L03 Consider occupation and the implementation of the occupational therapy process as a medium for facilitating change with a range of individual service users and groups, considering the impact of socio-economic and cultural factors on practice
LO4 Exhibit clinical reasoning ability by analysis and interpretation of appropriate information related to the service user and the practice setting and determining when an intervention should cease or be adapted
LO5 Develop relevant practice skills while demonstrating awareness of your continuing professional development and management of your own performance and the requirements of the Health Professions Council and Royal College of Occupational Therapists
LO6 Develop written and verbal communication skills, professional interactions and self-responsibility within practice setting, understanding the importance of and obtaining informed consent

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HSC10101 Occupational Therapy Practice Placement 1