Module Details

HS875-7-SU-CO: The Competent Occupational Therapist

Year: 2016/17
Department: Health and Human Sciences
Essex credit: 30
ECTS credit: 15
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: No
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Supervisor: Dr Wendy Bryant
Teaching Staff: Simone Coetzee and Penny Hodgkinson
Contact details: Ian Mounteney, Interprofessional Learning Administrator,, Tel; 01206 874496

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

In this final occupational therapy-specific module students will consolidate their learning over the two years from a practical and theoretical perspective in order to prepare them for professional practice and evidence competence to practice. Professional practice will be investigated within clinical, ethical, legal and managerial frameworks and aspects of practice and examined to assess the influence of current trends.
-On completion of this module, students will be able to:
-Critically analyse professional practice within political, legal, clinical and managerial frameworks demonstrating systematic knowledge and understanding of the evidence base underpinning practice

-Critically analyse current trends in health and social care and evaluate implications for practice

-Demonstrate a critical understanding of the theoretical and evidence base of occupational therapy in order to provide safe and effective intervention programmes

-Demonstrate critical analysis of practice using the skills of ethical and clinical reasoning underpinned by a sound evidence base, including analysis of inter-professional, multi agency interface, management, leadership and quality assurance systems

-Critically analyse and reflect upon the learning experienced throughout the programme from an evidence base in order to develop professional practice

-Have an in depth knowledge and understanding of the requirements of the Health Professions Council and The College of Occupational Therapists to ensure safe and competent practice.

Indicative Content:
-Introduction to the module; module guides and assessment guidelines
-Current trends in practice: national, professional, legal and clinical
-Practice issues in relation to changing contexts
-Legal aspects of practice related to client and therapist
-Ethical frameworks
-Use and value of clinical and moral reasoning
-HPC standards of proficiency
-COT standards for professional practice
-Evidencing practice, articulating decisions and influences on practice
-Evaluation and critical reflection upon work will demonstrate ability in applying occupational therapy philosophy, principles, values and theory to the level appropriate to a competent practitioner.
-Review and evaluation

Learning and Teaching Methods

-problem based learning groups
-formal lectures (including service users and clinical educators)
-seminars (on line and face to face)
-student led sessions


100 per cent Coursework Mark


  • Bailey, D. & Schwartzberg, S. (2003) Ethical & Legal Dilemmas in Occupational Therapy (3rd ed) Philadelphia: F.A. Davis
  • College of Occupational Therapists (2007) Professional Standards for Practice, London: College of Occupational Therapists downloadable from
  • Brown G, Esdaile S, Ryan S (2003) Becoming an Advanced Healthcare Practitioner Edinburgh Butterworth Heinemann
  • Dimond, B. (2004) Legal Aspects of Occupational Therapy 2nd ed. Oxford: Blackwell Science
  • Duncan, E. (2009) Skills for Practice in Occupational Therapy London: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier
  • Higgs, J. & Jones, M. (2008) Clinical Reasoning in the Health Professions (3rd ed) Oxford: Butterworth / Heinnemann
  • Mandlestam, M (2005) Occupational Therapy: Law and Good Practice. College of OT downloadable from
  • Martin V, Charlesworth J and Henderson E (2010) Managing in health and Social Care (2nd ed) London: Routledge
  • Mattingly, C. Fleming, M. (1994) Clinical Reasoning: forms of Inquiry in Therapeutic Practice Philadelphia: F.A. Davis
  • Pollard N, Sakellariou D, Kronenberg F (2009) A Political Practice of Occupational therapy Edinburgh Churchill Livingstone Elsevier
  • Seedhouse, D. (2009) Ethics: the Heart of Healthcare (3rd ed) Chichester: Wiley
  • Health Professions Council Standards of Proficiency (2007) downloadable from
  • Health Professions Council Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics (2008) downloadable from
  • Sumsion, T. (2006) Client Centred Practice in Occupational Therapy: A Guide to Implementation 2nd ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone
  • Whiteford G, Wright-St. Clair (2004) Occupation and Practice in Context Sydney Elsevier

Further information