Module Details

HS876-5-SP-CO: Learning In Practice 1

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Year: 2016/17
Department: Health and Human Sciences
Essex credit: 0
ECTS credit: 0
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: Louise Andrews
Teaching Staff: Louise Andrews supported by the OT team
Contact details: Hannah Bodsworth IPL Administrator,; tel: 01206 874496

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

This first eight week placement provides students with their first experience of a practice setting. Initially students will observe, gradually increasing their participation and enabling them analyse, with guidance, the ways in which OT professional philosophy and theory are interpreted and applied within an OT practice setting. As the placement progresses students will be enabled to develop increased awareness of OT and multidisciplinary working practices through the use of a reflective log. The emphasis for this module is on a negotiable level of participant involvement in information gathering and to extend this to planning & implementing intervention, as the student develops in confidence and skills of safe practice. The student has opportunity to develop understanding of basic underpinning OT theoretical frameworks guiding practice. Professional suitability is assessed in detail by means of a pro forma in which professional, interpersonal, and a limited range of practice skills are assessed.

Learning and Teaching Methods

Learning for this placement involves active participant involvement with direction from the educator. The student is required to apply knowledge recently gained from taught modules together with an understanding of occupational therapy values and process.

A case study presentation is used as a vehicle to demonstrate knowledge for the student and as an informal assessment tool for the educator. For the student, this involves understanding the integration between client need and occupational therapy intervention (as part of the occupational therapy process) which happens within a multidisciplinary team.


Course is PASS/FAIL only - no marks


  • Alsop, A. and Ryan, S. (2000) Making the most of Fieldwork Education: A Practical Approach, (2nd Ed). Cheltenham: Stanley Thornes
  • Creek, J. (2003) Occupational Therapy defined as a Complex Intervention London: College of Occupational Therapists.
  • College of Occupational Therapists (2010) Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct for Occupational Therapists, London: COT
  • Creek, J. And Lougher L (Eds) (2008) Occupational Therapy & Mental Health (4th Ed) Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone
  • Curtin M, Molineux M, Supyk J.. (Eds) (2009) Occupational therapy & Physical Dysfunction; Enabling Occupation (6th Ed) Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone
  • Duncan, E (2006) Foundations for Practice in Occupational Therapy (4th Ed). Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone
  • Duncan Edward A S (2009) Skills for Practice in Occupational Therapy Churchill Livingstone Elsevier Philadelphia
  • Higgs, J. and Jones, M. (2008) Clinical Reasoning in the Health professions (3rd Ed) Oxford: Butterworth Heinemann
  • Health Professions Council (2007) Standards of Proficiency: Occupational Therapists London
  • Health Professions Council (2009) Guidance on conduct and ethics for students London

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