Core Module Information
Module title: Practice Placement 1: Part A and Part B

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

Module code: HSC11149
Module leader: Evangelia Petropoulou
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Allied Health and Social Care Sciences
Prerequisites

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

Description of module content:

Practice Placement 1: Part A: Readiness for Practice, assesses your readiness to undertake direct practice. This part of the module aims to facilitate the development of your personal and interpersonal communication skills for you to apply in practice. You will be provided with a range of practical guidance, support and knowledge to develop your capabilities against the regulatory body (SSSC) Codes of Practice, and the Standards in Social Work Education. This is in accordance with the Standards and audit for practice learning opportunities.

Part A, builds on your learning from the theoretical modules in term 1, specifically ‘Legislation, policy and ethical frameworks’, ‘Working with children families and communities’ and ‘Social work theories and methods’.

Part A, assures that you acquire and can apply a working knowledge of the SiSWE and the SSSC Codes of Practice.


The module delivery will be supported by people receiving services and/or their carers, who will assist you in developing appropriate communication and engagement skills. Learning and feedback from Part A of this module will assist you in completing your learning profile for Part B of this module.

12. Module Content
This module, Practice Placement 1: Part B: practice placement, provides you with an opportunity to undertake 85 days practice placement to demonstrate your capabilities against the regulatory body (SSSC) Codes of Practice, and the Standards in Social Work Education. This is in accordance with the Standards and audit for practice learning opportunities.

Part B of this module includes 85 day assessed social work placement. You will be placed within a carefully selected placement agency, which could be within a range of settings. These may include: Local Authority teams, third sector organisations, schools, primary health and/or residential settings.

This placement will be selected based on your learning profile to date, taking into an account your previous social care experience.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Learning Outcomes for Practice Placement 1 are aligned to the Standards in Social Work Education (2003) and The framework for Social Work education in Scotland (2003).

Part A: Readiness for Practice you will undergo assessed preparation for direct practice to make sure you are safe to carry out practice learning in a service delivery setting. This preparation will include the opportunity for you to develop a greater understanding of the experience of people receiving services, carers, and the role of social workers.

LO1: Demonstrate your understanding of the people receiving services and carers and the role of social workers through a three day shadowing opportunity with a social worker.

LO2: Evidence your knowledge of Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) Codes of Practice for Social Services Workers and the Standards in Social Work Education (SiSWE) to social work practice along with Getting it right for every child National Practice Model (GIRFEC) in in-class test.

LO3: Participate in- class activities to ensure your readiness for direct social work practice including: practicing communication skills with people receiving services and carers.

LO4: Evaluate the effectiveness of your preparation and implementation of social work practice and work with, individuals, families, carers, groups and communities to assess their needs and circumstances.

LO5: Develop skills in critical reflection, assessment, evaluation, and management of risks to individuals, families, carers, groups, communities, self and colleagues.

LO6: Apply SiSWE and the SSSC Codes of Practice to your professional social work practice.

LO7: Exercise appropriate judgement in managing and being accountable, with supervision and support, for own social work practice within placement organisation.

LO8: Critically evaluate on your skills and abilities to support individuals to represent and manage their needs, views and circumstances.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 3, PLACEMENT LEARN,
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Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: PLACEMENT LEARN
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Evangelia Petropoulou
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Part A Readiness for Practice, is delivered through a combination of lectures and three day placement shadowing opportunity. This part of the module (Part A), This part of the module aims to facilitate the development of your personal and interpersonal communication skills as well as exploring and understanding relevant theory for you to apply in practice through practical activities that involve people who receive services and their carers. Included in your readiness for practice you will demonstrate your understanding of the role of the social worker and those receiving services through a three day shadowing opportunity (LO1).
Lectures will include theoretical knowledge in relation to regulatory body (SSSC) Codes of Practice, and the Standards of Social Work Education (SiSWE) (LO2). This is in accordance with the Standards and audit for practice learning opportunities. You will participate in in-class activities such as role play, communication tasks and written reflection (LO3).The SSSC requires you to be assessed in relation to “readiness for practice” and this will be through a number of assessed activities including a written examination, feedback from people receiving services and/or carers, and professionals in their practice.

The taught element of the module will support your preparation for the 3 day shadowing opportunity by examining your working knowledge of the SiSWE and the SSSC Codes of Practice. You will also have the opportunity to undertake exercises in relation to appropriate communication and engagement skills.
Teaching methods will include role play, case studies, media, peer observations and communication activities. During this module you will engage in the wide range of activities on and off campus to prepare you for direct work and their carers in your practice placement. Some of these activities will be led by service users, carers, and practitioners in their practice setting. These activities will help you to develop a deeper understanding of the social work role and skills required for social work practice.

Your oral and written communication, behaviour and engagement skills will be assessed through direct work with people receiving services and carers, a written examination and 3 day shadowing opportunity with a qualified social worker in practice.

Practice Placement 1: Part B Practice Placement

During the 85-day practice placement, your Practice Educator will support you in transferring your learning from Trimesters 1 and 2 into the practice setting. Selection of work for you will take into consideration your specific learning needs and relevance to the 6 Standards in Social Work Education (SiSWE)(LO4 to LO8).Blended or split placements may be used to ensure that you are able to evidence the range of learning and practice required.

Guided through supervision, you will be able to work directly with service users and their families. Your Practice Educator may ask you to complete specific reflective or reading tasks in order to provide you with opportunities to prepare for initial contact with service users and their carers, assessing needs and risk, and presenting these assessments in written and verbal formats (LO5). Based on your assessments, applying SiSWE and the codes of practice you will make recommendations for intervention and implement these recommendations through your ongoing direct work (LO6, LO7 and LO8). Maintaining a reflective diary, discussion in supervision and specific tasks set by your Practice Educator, such as process recordings, will support you to reflect upon and evaluate your learning (LO7 and LO8). You will be expected to use the skills you developed in Trimester 1 and 2 in your contact with service users/carers and colleagues (LO4), by forming and maintaining positive working relationships and showing your ability to adhere to Social Work values and the Codes of Practice for Social Services Workers. Throughout Practice Placement 1 you will be working closely with colleagues in your own placement agencies and other agencies, which may provide services to the individuals you are working with. You will be expected to contribute fully to the work of your placement agency in accordance with your role as a Student Social Worker (LO4-8).

Weekly supervision is an important and mandatory aspect of Practice Placement 1 (LO7). Together with your Practice Educator, you will critically reflect on the work you have been allocated or have observed, discuss your planning, assessment and intervention and evaluate the effectiveness of your practice. Your Practice Educator will provide guidance and support in accessing appropriate literature and potentially specialist training. You will be expected to keep a reflective log throughout Practice Placement 1, which will be shared with your Practice Educator (LO7 & LO8).

Although you are deemed to be in full-time placement, this includes ½ a day of self-directed study per week, dedicated to academic study directly related to your work in practice, designed to support the integration of theory and research into practice.


Formative Assessment:
Role play with people who receive services and/or their carers – in class activity. This will prepare you for interacting and communicating with people receiving services and/or their carers during the course of your placement, and will be beneficial to you in completing your reflections in your summative assessment portfolio.

Practice Placement 1: Part B: Practice Placement

The formative assessment is your midway review. You will receive feedback on your work to date including your practice, written work and at least one practice observation. The interim report review will record your progress, any learning points/actions, and will be a subject of discussion between you, your practice educator, link worker (if applicable) and a university representative.

Summative Assessment:
Practice Placement 1: Part A Readiness for Practice Summative Assessment
Part A will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. You will need to pass this Part A element, to proceed to Part B of the module.

A three-day shadowing opportunity with a qualified social worker who will assess your readiness for direct practice and provide feedback on your performance to university. This will be on pass/fail basis.

An in-class test on the SiSWE and SSSC Codes of Practice for Social Workers. This will be on pass/fail basis. (Week 6).

*Students will only be able to sit the class test only if they have attained a minimum of 80% attendance of the module taught content and attended the 3 day shadowing opportunity.

Practice Placement 1: Part B: Practice Placement

Summative assessment comprising of a portfolio that confirms that you have undertaken 85 days practice placement in accordance with Practice Placement 2, a written practice study, which is an academic graded submission to the university and a range of evidence of your learning in relation to the five learning outcomes for this part of this module. Included in your supporting evidence you will be required to obtain feedback in relation to your practice, from people using services and their carers and from your Practice Educator. The portfolio is assessed on a Pass/Fail basis. (Week 15).

Your overall grade for this module will be taken from the practice study, however, to pass the module, you must pass all Part A and Part B requirements; Class Test, three-day shadowing opportunity and also achieve a pass grade for your portfolio.

*Students will only be able to submit their portfolio of evidence once they have completed the 85 days practice placement requirement.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 20
Other Practical classes and workshops 10
Other Guided independent study 170
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 50 1,2 & 3 14/15 , WORDS= 5000
Practical Skills Assessment 50 4, 5,6,7 & 8 14/15 HOURS= 00.90
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

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