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    Faculty of Health and Human Sciences

    School of Health Professions

    BSc (Hons)

    Physiotherapy

    Placement Handbook

    August 2019

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    PLEASE NOTE:

    All the information in this Handbook is correct at the time of printing. Courses are regularly reviewed and updated so details may change. Occasionally, a module listed in the Handbook may be replaced or withdrawn.

    Plymouth University is proud of its teaching and research and it undertakes all reasonable steps to provide educational services in the manner set out in this Handbook and in any documents referred to within it. It does not, however, guarantee the provision of such services. Should industrial action or circumstances beyond the control of the University interfere with its ability to provide educational services, the University undertakes to use all reasonable steps to minimise the resultant disruption to those services.

    1 Welcome and Introduction

    If you require any part of this publication in larger print, or an alternative

    format, please contact:

    Mrs Samantha Ainsworth

    Faculty of Health, Education and Society

    Plymouth University

    Peninsula Allied Health Centre

    Derriford Road

    Plymouth

    PL6 8BH

    Telephone Number 01752 588802

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    Contents

    1 Welcome and Introduction ................................................................................... 2

    1.1 Introduction ............................................................................................................. 5

    1.2 Useful contacts and numbers .................................................................................. 6

    2 Overview of the Physiotherapy programme ......................................................... 8

    2.1 Programme philosophy ........................................................................................... 8

    2.2 Aims of the Programme .......................................................................................... 8

    2.3 Learning and Teaching ........................................................................................... 8

    2.4 Teaching and Learning Strategies ........................................................................ 12

    2.5 Programme Revalidation....................................................................................... 13

    2.6 Module Content .................................................................................................... 13

    2.7 Summaries of Module Content .............................................................................. 14

    2.8 Assessment Strategy ............................................................................................ 25

    3 The Placement Experience ................................................................................ 28

    3.1 Placement Education Management – Roles and Responsibilities ......................... 30

    3.2 Placement Support- Electronic Resources ............................................................ 32

    Figure 3-1: Electronic placement resources ........................ Error! Bookmark not defined.

    3.3 Stages of Practice Placement Organisation .......................................................... 33

    3.3.1 Pre-placement ............................................................................................... 33

    3.3.2 During the placement ..................................................................................... 36

    3.3.3 At the completion of the placement: ............................................................... 37

    3.4 Placement Induction and Orientation .................................................................... 39

    3.5 Placement Documentation .................................................................................... 41

    3.5.1 Learning contract ........................................................................................... 41

    3.5.2 Placement reflection ...................................................................................... 41

    3.5.3 Documentation for submission ....................................................................... 41

    3.5.4 Verifying Placement Marks ............................................................................ 41

    3.5.5 Placement Document Checklist ..................................................................... 42

    3.6 Documentation of hours completed during the placement ..................................... 43

    3.7 Sickness ............................................................................................................... 43

    3.8 Placement Assessment ........................................................................................ 45

    3.8.1 Pass/ Fail criteria ........................................................................................... 46

    3.8.2 Assessment Processes .................................................................................. 46

    3.8.3 Assigning marks ............................................................................................ 47

    3.8.4 Further information on assessment ................................................................ 48

    3.8.5 High performing students ............................................................................... 48

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    3.9 Placement support ................................................................................................ 49

    3.9.1 Placement support process ............................................................................ 49

    3.9.2 Additional support mechanisms ..................................................................... 50

    3.10 What if a Placement Educator is concerned about some aspects of a student’s

    practice? .......................................................................................................................... 51

    Figure 3-2: Support for Weak and Failing Students on Placement: Action Plan ............... 52

    3.11 Other placement issues ........................................................................................ 53

    3.11.1 Student feedback ........................................................................................... 53

    3.11.2 Health and safety risk assessment and accident reporting ............................. 53

    3.11.3 Occupational Health....................................................................................... 53

    3.11.4 Supporting students with disabilities .............................................................. 53

    3.11.5 Lone working ................................................................................................. 54

    3.11.6 Arrangements for students who need to repeat a placement ......................... 54

    3.12 Frequently asked questions .................................................................................. 55

    4 Role development of Placement Educators ....................................................... 57

    5 Appendices ........................................................................................................ 58

    Appendix 1: Placement timesheet ...................................... Error! Bookmark not defined.

    Student Experience Record Sheet ........................................... BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

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    Appendix 2: Placement assessment record booklet ............ Error! Bookmark not defined.

    Appendix 3: Placement Assessment Guidelines- Year 1 .... Error! Bookmark not defined.

    Appendix 4: Placement assessment guidelines year 2 ....... Error! Bookmark not defined.

    Learning Outcomes and Marking Criteria ....................Error! Bookmark not defined.

    Appendix 5: Placement assessment guidance- year 3 (PHY321) ...... Error! Bookmark not

    defined.

    Learning Outcomes and Marking Criteria ....................Error! Bookmark not defined.

    I. Interpersonal skills and Professional Behaviour .......Error! Bookmark not defined.

    Appendix 6: Placement assessment guidance- year 3 (PHY324) ...... Error! Bookmark not

    defined.

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    I. Interpersonal skills and Professional Behaviour .......Error! Bookmark not defined.

    Appendix 7: Placement risk assessments ...................................................................... 224

    Appendix 8: Recommended texts ....................................... Error! Bookmark not defined.

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    1.1 Introduction

    This Placement Education handbook provides essential reference information related to the

    practice placement elements of the BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy programme at Plymouth

    University. This handbook has been written for the Placement Educator, the students as

    well as the staff at the University.

    The programme is based in the School of Health Professions and has a phil

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