School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences



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.

Information for practice educators - Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy placement resources 


Physiotherapy Placement Resources is a webpage through which you can access information about policies, procedures, paperwork and CPD opportunities relating to supporting Essex Physiotherapy students in the work place. If you are logging onto the site for the first time you will need to create a username and password using the links and instructions below.

Placement handbook

The physiotherapy placement handbook contains guidance and current legislation on students in physiotherapy placements from the perspective of students and educators. This is to facilitate the smooth running of the placement experience for everyone involved.

Practice Educator CPD

Throughout the year we offer a range of specialist courses and workshops for new and experienced educators. These workshops can cover subjects such as sharing best practice, current regulations, student and graduate perspectives, continuing professional development and research opportunities.

Clinicians new to support students should consider the half day Practice Educator Induction workshop.

Find out more about the practice educator introduction workshop by contacting the Placement team on 01206 873240.

For more experienced educators we have developed an inter-professional online update for clinicians who educate students within practice. This includes mentors, clinical educators and practice educators from professions such as nursing, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy.

The aim of the inter-professional online update is to provide an opportunity for you to reflect on, and if necessary, make changes to your current practice as an educator, and to benefit from the experiences of educators across multiple professions.

The course is free and you can participate at any time of the year. Find out more about the online educator/mentor update

Alternatively if you are interested in studying the theory of learning and teaching in detail you may wish to consider a postgraduate CPD module.

Access to the placement database

The Practice Education Management System (PEMS) placement database enables you to view and update the details visible to students and the practice education team about your placement offering. If you have lost your log in details please contact the placement office at

Information for students

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

Help and Support

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 and the Industry and Placements 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.

Get in touch
Joanne Etherton Practice Placement Lead
Telephone: 07785 286371
Natasha Lloyd Placement Administrator
Telephone: 01206 874974