Core Module Information
Module title: Becoming and Belonging as an Occupational Therapist

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: HSC11133
Module leader: Michael Leavitt
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Allied Health and Social Care Sciences


Description of module content:

This long module has two components theoretical and placement components 3 and 4 and intends to further build and advance knowledge and understanding of the health-giving power of occupation with people, their communities, and across populations.

Part 1 will also include discussion of how the profession can envision future practice that takes into consideration the changing needs of communities. This will include the influence of sustainability and environmental change impacting local, national, and international contexts.

A translational approach between knowledge informed practice, and practice-informed research and evidence, inclusive of the lived experiences of people, will be considered.

In mobilising research and evidence with and between practice, non-Western concepts of health, well-being, and ways of knowing will be explored. In addition, global narratives influencing the design and delivery of health and social systems of care such as person-centred practice and human rights will be introduced and critically considered.

The concept of the dignity of risk, influenced by a person-centred, rights-based approach to practice will include engagement with the expectations of ethical and professional conduct. This will include how the profession can adopt diverse methods of communication to support clear articulation of the meaning and purpose of the profession, for example, through written means (such as educational leaflets), social media (such as blogs, tweets), and engagement with professional peers (scientific reports, presentations).
Your learning will be facilitated by studying the following components:

Ideas of healthfulness and collective occupation influencing the design and delivery of occupation-focused public health interventions.

Frameworks and mechanisms of knowledge translation, including developing a responsibility towards lifelong learning and a growth mindset.

Occupational consciousness and justice and other concepts related to decolonising occupational therapy practice

Person-centred theory such as personhood and person-centred practice, human rights in

practice including the PANEL principles,

Principles of sustainability related to the contribution of occupational therapy to mitigate the impact of environmental and climate change.

Consider the relevance and importance of the tools of communication available to the profession that can be adopted with a range of stakeholders e.g., written methods (educational leaflets), social media (blogs, tweets), scholarly outputs (posters, report)

Two placements (300 hrs x 2) Total 600 hrs where you will demonstrate abilities to apply theories and understanding to practice, working with service users and staff; which will consolidate/expand knowledge and skills from this module.
Students are expected to attend 100% of the time allocated to the practice education component of this module. However approved absences (e.g. ill health) of up to 7 days can be authorized, in order to be pass the learning outcomes of the practice education component(s).”

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically appraise the power of occupation and its contribution to public health with people, their communities and across populations, recognising social & health disparity and diversity.
LO2: Identify and evaluate the possibilities of occupational therapists as agents of change, now and in the future, and occupational therapist’s role as advocates for the communities they serve.
LO3: Demonstrate autonomy and responsibility to abstract, synthesise, and critically translate knowledge and evidence from multiple sources, to inform professional practice, including organisational change.
LO4: Critically consider how and in what ways issues of sustainability and socio-political factors may influence current and future occupational therapy practice.
LO5: Demonstrate depth of understanding and responsibility towards the concept of dignity of risk, influenced by a person-centred, rights-based approach. Evaluating critically evaluate methods that can be adopted and applied to enhance professional communication with a range of stakeholders appropriate to the profession of occupational therapy.
LO6: Demonstrate the professional behaviours, responsibilities, and achievement of the practice education 3 and 4 learning outcomes as related to the RCOT Standards for pre-registration education.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 2, BLENDED,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Michael Leavitt
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 40
Independent Learning Guided independent study 160
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 100 LO's 1-6 14/15 HOURS= 00.15
Placement (Practical) LO 6 14/15 HOURS= #..##
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
HSC11133 Becoming & Belonging as an Occupational Therapist