Students in SRES have various opportunities to acquire relevant experience in working environments.
Some of these opportunities are embedded within programmes, for example, Physiotherapy and Sports Therapy. Others complete a year abroad or a placement year as part of their academic studies.
Placement experiences are designed to develop student confidence by providing opportunity for students to apply their developing expertise in a relevant supportive working context. Research has shown that students who do a placement year in industry have more chance of getting a professional level job after graduation.
As a student studying to be a physiotherapist, you will spend part of your time at Essex out on placement working in practice with one of our partner organisations. This is your opportunity to experience life as a physiotherapist working with service users and colleagues from numerous professions and backgrounds.
Your time in placement forms the foundations of not only your degree but also your future career as a physiotherapist. Many opportunities will arise during this time that will enable you to put your skills and knowledge into practice in real-time, often fast-paced environments challenging you professionally and personally. The experiences you have and the impression you make during placements can directly link to your future employability and career pathway – so make the most of every opportunity you can!
The Practice Education Management System (PEMS) placement database enables you to view and update the practice education elements of your programme. Log-in details were provided at the start of your course.
Information about the policies, procedures, placements and paperwork relating to your placements is accessed via Moodle.
While it is the students responsibility to secure a placement, plenty of help is at hand.
During the first and second year students are supported by the SRES Placement Officer, Faculty Employability Coordinator, and Employability and Careers Centre team to identify and secure a placement opportunity. Once secured, a training agreement is signed by the student, the University, and the employer, setting out expectations and practical arrangements for the placement.
During the placement students are assigned a mentor at their employer and a University of Essex academic mentor. Student progress is monitored via email, Skype, and potentially a personal visit from the academic mentor.
At the end of the placement students complete a reflective assignment about their experience and future career aspirations.