Practice education (placements), offer students many opportunities to explore more of what they have learned in university, and to apply this, under supervision, in ‘the real world’ and, ‘with real people’. On placement, students are encouraged to become autonomous learners and to take the lead in identifying and negotiating their learning needs.
All students must complete a minimum of 1000 hours as part of the requirements for professional registration as set by HCPC and the RCOT/WFOT.
At Canterbury Christ Church University, placements take place in each year as follows:-
Year One – a 7 week placement half way through the academic year.
Year Two – a 9 week placement at the end of the academic year.
Year Three – a 12 week placement approximately half way through the academic year.
To meet HCPC requirements, there are a variety of settings to ensure you gain experience across a range of client groups and different service types.
We have a team that is dedicated to arranging your placements. Working in close contact with our occupational therapy colleagues, they seek appropriate placements to ensure you meet your learning needs and the wide range of requirements, HCPC requires of you.
Placements may be anywhere in the South East of England, including Kent, London, Sussex and Surrey, therefore your placements may be away from your normal place of residence and you will be expected to travel some distance to your placement, generally up to 1.5 hours. As a result, there can be additional costs incurred for travel and/or accommodation. To this end, we always advise students to save in advance for any travelling or potential accommodation costs incurred.
Our placement practice educators work closely with the university. They are also involved with curriculum planning, open days and interviewing. You may also see some of our practice educators teaching on some of our modules across the three years.
Our placement team, in conjunction with our disability advisors, also work with you if reasonable adjustments need to be considered regarding your learning needs.
Before and whilst on placement, we support our students in a variety of ways:-
Pre-placement briefing – before each placement, the team go through the placement portfolio pack to ensure you understand each section of it, plus expectations of you as a student as outlined under the RCOT Code of Ethics and HCPC Standards of Conduct. Other information that we supply is:- travel and accommodation information; and the learning resources and opportunities available in that specific placement
Post-placement briefing – after every placement you will attend a placement debriefing session, to go back over the learning that has taken place.
Year one – a member of the academic staff will visit you at your placement to review your learning objectives and progress.
Year two – you attend a half day tutorial session in small groups at the university.
Year three – we contact you by telephone approximately mid-way through to check you are on target to meet your placement requirements, and your practice educator is happy with your progress.
If at any time you need to discuss a placement related issue, there is always a member of the placement or academic team who can come out and support you.
All placements have to be passed.
You are assessed on a range of professional competencies which are in your placement portfolio pack, so you know what these are in advance. You will have weekly supervision from your practice placement educator. You will also have a half way report so that you know how you are progressing, and what you need to do to ensure you achieve all of the competencies within the placement time-frame. You are assessed in your final report, and graded as either pass or fail.