Placement Education is a compulsory element of training in the Rehabilitation Sciences and as such, students are expected to meet both personal and professional obligations to facilitate the placement experience.

Placement Education forms a core component of the course for a number of reasons:

  • To gain real life experience of practice and work as a health professional in their various settings
  • To apply knowledge gained through study in a practical setting and to use this practical experience to inform academic learning
  • To utilise and develop practical therapeutic skills under the supervision of a qualified therapist
  • To give our graduates a strong experience base to take to the job market
  • To equip students with a variety of transferable skills for the professional environment, including, for example, adaptability, team working and communication skills
  • To expose students to a network of allied health professionals across the region

Over the course of your studies, you will follow a placement programme specifically designed to meet the training needs of your individual profession and degree programme. Each programme follows a set placement pattern as indicated below:

BSc Occupational Therapy & Physiotherapy:

Year 1: 2 week and 4 week block placements

Years 2 & 3: 6 week and 8 week block placements

BSc Speech & Language Therapy:

Year 1: A combination of weekly visits and 4 week block placement

Year 2 & 3: A combination of weekly visits and 8 week block placement

MSc (Pre-Reg) Occupational Therapy & Physiotherapy:

Year 1: 3 week block placement

Year 2: 28 weeks of placement in total, providing experience in a range of settings

All placements are negotiated and allocated on your behalf by the Placement Team at the School of Rehabilitation Sciences. The only exception is for BSc Physiotherapy and both BSc & MSc Occupational Therapy students who complete an "elective" placement in their final year of study. This gives these students the opportunity to:

  • Gain new or further experience in a chosen area of specialism
  • Choose the location of placement (within certain agreed boundaries)
  • Plan, negotiate and organise your own placement experience.

At the end of your programme of study, every student will have:

  • Developed and demonstrated their ability in the core skills & competencies required to be an effective practitioner in their chosen profession.
  • Built up an individual placement profile, ensuring each student has the appropriate breadth of placement experience.
  • Undertaken the number of assessed placement hours as required by the professional bodies and the Health Professions Council (HPC) to allow registration.

In order to provide the range of placement experiences necessary, students are placed across the Eastern region and in some instances, further afield. To fulfil the requirements of this aspect of training, students are expected to travel, stay in alternative accommodation and make arrangements for commitments outside the course during the placement blocks.

There is a cost implication associated with placement experience which students will be responsible for. For this reason, the Placements Team do encourage students to take the opportunity to apply for NHS Bursary funding.