Core Module Information
Module title: Occupational Therapy Practice Placement 1

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

Module code: HSC10101
Module leader: Elizabeth Anne McKay
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Allied Health and Social Care Sciences


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

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 3, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Kirstin James
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Practice Education Learning and Teaching activities will enable you to achieve LOs 1-6.

You will have a Professional Preparation module that will help you to prepare for placement; you will be required to have completed the mandatory training essential for commencing practice education. In addition, independent study time can help you prepare for placement and you are encouraged to work with your peers to practice your assessment, communication and intervention skills, and reflexivity through activities such as using role-play, active reflection and discussion.

While on practice placement, your Practice Educator will help facilitate your learning, taking an active, student-centred approach to adult learning which will encourage deeper transformative learning. You will be encouraged to engage in critical dialogue with your Practice Educator and peers on placement to develop your reflection on-action and help you develop your clinical reasoning skills and reflection-in action. Although you will develop other core knowledge and practice skills as you undertake practice education, working in this way with your Practice Educator, and others, will allow you work towards the LOs specific to this module:

There is an expectation that you attend 100% of the time allocated. However, students will normally be permitted a maximum of six days of approved absence to allow for unavoidable absences, such as ill health, which equates to a minimum attendance of 85%. This is to ensure that you are able to meet the learning outcomes of the module and that you have sufficient practice placement hours on graduation in order to register with your professional body. Please refer to the Practice Education Handbook for further details.

You will develop knowledge and skills in designing and implementing occupational therapy programmes under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist (or other) (LO5).
You will also develop the knowledge, skills, and professional attitudes to allow you to design and implement of Occupational Therapy interventions under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist (or other) to work with service users, their carers, and team members in a range of contexts (LO1, 2, 3 and 4), This will include showing an understanding of when to cease intervention, and/or make additional referrals (LO1 and LO4). You are also expected to work under supervision alongside service users, their families and carers, demonstrating dignity and respect and consider the socio-economic and cultural factors that impact on occupational performance (LO2 and 4).
You will develop clinical reasoning and evidence-based decision making skills including the development of practice skills related to your practice environment (LO5). You will demonstrate professional skills in reflecting and acting upon advice and feedback from supervisor show punctuality and responsibility and always behave in a professional manner (LO6). You will also show ethical conduct with regards information management, obtaining consent and the presentation of written and verbal communication (LO6).

In collaboration with your Practice Educator, you will review your weekly progress weekly within supervision sessions.

Formative Assessment:
Formative Assessment will be an ongoing aspect of your Practice Education. At the commencement of your Practice Placement you will set goals for your placement experience, and establish how the Learning Outcomes will be achieved. In collaboration with your Practice Educator, you will reflect on and review your weekly progress within supervision sessions and can use this feedback to contribute to your final Summative Assessment.

Summative Assessment:
Formal Summative Assessment will be carried out using an Assessment Form that will be graded according to the criteria provided.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Placement (Practical) 100 1,2,3,4,5 & 6 5
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
HSC10101 Occupational Therapy Practice Placement 1