Core Module Information
Module title: Occupational Therapy Practice Placement 4

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

Module code: HSC10104
Module leader: Elizabeth Anne McKay
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Allied Health and Social Care Sciences

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

This Practice Education placement (Placement 4) should be in a different clinical speciality or service area than previous placements.

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, and build on your previous Practice Education experiences, 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. As this is your final practice education experience it will be expected that you will be working towards demonstrating the core knowledge and practice skills of a new practitioner

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.

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.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1 Appreciate the broader and global contexts of service provision and the importance of these to occupational therapy practice within changing environments.
LO2 Seek out evidence and apply new information, using own initiative and skills, to develop occupational therapy practice while valuing the contributions of others.
LO3 Demonstrate professional practice skills, interactions and practice knowledge to work with service users who have complex psychosocial, psychological and/or physical needs to a level that reflects the core knowledge and practice skills of a new practitioner.
LO4 Take personal responsibility and accountability for managing a caseload (or project) undertaking all aspects of provision prioritising service users within the practice context and exercising a professional duty of care and understanding the principles of safeguarding and informed decision making.
LO5 Demonstrate and discuss relevant clinical reasoning processes and person-centred practice when delivering all aspects of the occupational therapy process to facilitate change.
LO6 Evaluate your personal and professional performance/conduct and identify your future learning needs

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, PLACEMENT LEARN, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: PLACEMENT LEARN
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.

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:

Build your professional competencies as you continue to learn and demonstrate professional skills and attitudes in the service of people from referral to discharge, showing timely and effective communication with service users, carers and/or team members in relation to this as your final placement opportunity (LO3). You will also identify areas of your knowledge and practice skills that you wish to develop and formulate a plan to address these through continued professional development (LO6). You will continue to develop and consolidate knowledge and skills in designing and implementing occupational therapy programmes under the supervision but taking increasing responsibility and autonomy for your caseload (or project) (LO4). You will continue to build your repertoire of practical skills, while seeking out new evidence and information that could further build your practice skills (LO2). You will also show an understanding of how this relates to the broader context of Occupational Therapy (LO1). You will continue to build on your ability to perform in a person-centred manner (LO5) and to show clinical reasoning abilities in relation to your level of experience (LO5).

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 14/15
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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