• Occupational Therapy

    Professional practice placement is an essential component of the occupational therapy pre-registration programmes comprising approximately a third of the course. Placements provide the opportunity to apply and further develop knowledge and skills through reflective and experiential learning. Students will gain experience in variety of areas including both inpatient and community settings; working with people of all ages with physical conditions and disabilities, learning disabilities and mental health issues.

  • Advice for Students about Personal Safety:

    Advice on Vigilance Whilst Terrorist Threat Level is Critical in England:

    The following link is useful for all students on placement:

    Guidance on Responding to Unexpected Incidents or Emergencies:

    Keeping up-to-date as a Practice Assessor / Mentor

    Here are some resources for you to update yourself as a practice assessor.

    It is recommended that you look at the resources below to select the most useful to your own development.


    Reasonable Adjustment

    Health Impairment and Disability Guidelines (All):

    Risk Assessment

    There are various reasons for when a placement provider will need to undertake a risk assessment for a student entering practice. 

    Pregnant Students on Placement

    Covid-19 FAQs for Professional practice placements

    Risk Assessment Process due to Covid-19

    Sickness/ Absence (All)

    Religious Practices (All)

    Meeting the Religious and Cultural Practices of Health and Social Work Students:

    A student’s identity can have a significant and profound impact on their placement learning experience and assessment in practice, these guiding principles help to explain how the faith/non-faith traditions, cultural practices, and linguistic diversity of students can be met in practice placements.

    Dress Code

    Students on placement/ in the practice setting are considered to be ‘employees' of the placement provider and must adhere to all local policies e.g. Dress code for employees or Uniform and Dress Policy for clinical staff.


    Communication with External Organisations

    Statement in Relation to Supernumerary Status of Students on Pre-qualifying Courses/Programmes

    Student Practice and Study Hours

    These guidelines are prepared for students, placement partners and programme teams. They are informed by considering student health and safety and the potential impact on public safety.

    Useful References/Links:

    Attendance Policy: