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Student support

There is a fortnightly OT Student Support Group (if sufficient numbers of students on placement to make the group viable) that meets for one hour. 

The group, which is facilitated by a Senior OT, takes place in OT Central Office, Building 7, Springfield Hospital. 

It aims to provide a supportive environment where students can share experiences and seek additional peer support and professional advice.  It gives the time and space for students to meet each other ensuring that they feel supported during their placement with us.  The Support Group is a confidential environment where students can discuss concerns and difficult experiences related to their placement. It is acknowledged, however, that if something arises during the group that has safety or ethical implications it will be discussed outside the group in consultation with the student.

Following each Support Group is a one-hour, small group seminar, which is facilitated by an OT from within the Trust.  The seminars provide students with practical information on the application of the Occupational Therapy process with a range of people with different health and social care needs.  Seminar topics may include the role of OT in forensic, learning disabilties, eating disorders or community settings. 

Attendance is compulsory.

  pdf Support seminar programme (171 KB)

Tips for students with a disability asking for reasonable adjustments

  • Use strategies already used in day- to- day life including those utilised to complete the academic part of an OT course.
  • Develop an awareness of your own needs and limitations.
  • Be open to change. If you are open to discussion with your PPE you will develop your own set of personal strategies to assist you on placement as you progress.
  • Be prepared to state clearly what you need probably more than once.
  • Be open and honest with you PPE. Dont make assumptions that others will know what you need. Talk it through in supervision.
  • Understand that placement can be busy and demanding and you will have to be able to compromise at times as all students need to do when their PPE is busy.
  • Be prepared to assert your right when needed but also be prepared to laugh when things do not always go as planned.
  • Keep in touch with your university and ask for advice or support before things reach crisis point.

Additional Support 

If during a placement you experience personal or work related difficulties, which you feel are affecting your performance, it is important that you firstly discuss them with your practice placement educator.  If, however, the difficulties cannot be resolved,  contact Jane Smith, Trust Placement Co-ordinator - 020 3513 6362

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Occupational therapy placement profiles

Placements are available at the following services. 

Please contact the placement coordinator, Jane Smith on 0203 513 6362 for further information

1. Acacia Unit

2. Balham Tooting & Furzedown CMHT

3. Battersea Junction CMHT

4. Burntwood Villas

5. CAMHS and Deaf CAMHS

6. Corner House

7. Deaf Adult Mental Health Placement

8. Deaf Child and Family Service (SE outreach)

9. Early Intervention Service

10. Eating Disorders Day Unit

11. Forensic

12. Hume Ward

13. Jasmine Ward

14. Kingston-cmht-for-Older-People

15. Kingston Early Intervention Service

16. Laurel Ward

17 Lavender Ward

18. Liaison placement profile

19. Lilacs Ward Tolworth

20. Merton-Adult-Assessment-Team

21. Merton-cmht-for-Older-People

22. Merton-Sutton-Early-Intervention-Service

23 Merton-Sutton Early Intervention Service

24. Morden Recovery Support Team

25. North Kingston cmht

26. Phoenix Ward

27. Putney Roehampton-cmht

28. Recovery College

29. Richmond-cmht-and-Recovery-Service

30. Seacole Ward

31. South-Kingston-cmht

32. Sutton cmht Older People

33. Twickenham cmht Older People

34. Wandsworth cmht Older People

35. Ward 1

36  Ward 2

37. Wisteria Placement Profile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

library services

Library facilities, computer access and RiO

To learn about our library facilities see our library services page.

SCONUL Access

This is a co-operative venture between higher education libraries which enables placement students to borrow materials from other libraries.  Oxford Brookes, South Bank and Brunel University libraries are all members of this scheme which will allow you to register with Kingston University library. For Further details please visit www.access.sconul.ac.uk.

Reading and Internet resources

We have compiled a recommended reading and Internet resources list for students, which will help them to prepare for placements. We are aware that for many students this is their first and possibly only mental health placement, so in order to get the most out of the experience please discuss with your educator which pre-placement reading they would advise.  We have divided the list into three main categories:

  • General mental health
  • Clinical area specific e.g. eating disorders
  • Occupational therapy and mental health

 To avoid confusion and any difficulty obtaining resources, as far as possible, we have included books that are already on the University reading lists.

Computer Access

Once you have a library card you will be able to use the computers in the Springfield, Tolworth and St George's  libraries.  The computer helpdesk in St George's library will advise you on user numbers and passwords.

Students may use their Personal Athens Passwords at the library to access relevant databases.  These will be issued by the students University Library. E.g. Brunel, Oxford Brookes.  If a student does not have a  database password St George's Library can issue a generic one which will allow access to the databases whilst using the computers in the library.

Prior to the placement your practice placement educator will arrange for you to be registered with the Trust IT Department to give you access to the computers in your work area.  Before using the Trust's online system  it is essential that you read the following policies:

what you need to know for your appointment

Responsibilities - placement co-ordinator

The Placement Co-ordinator at our Trust works to implement the OT Development plan and leads in practice placement. 

They are responsible for the planning and co-ordination of practice placements for OT students within the Trust, establishing robust communication networks with placement educators and educational establishments. They develop Trust wide policies, for the practice placements of OT students, ensuring consistent standards are maintained in line with national standards.

Specific roles and responsibilities

  • To negotiate practice placements with relevant educational establishments and practice educators.
  • To provide students with detailed online pre-placement information including an up-to-date placement handbook. and accommodation information.
  • To keep in contact with students and practice educators throughout practice placements and assessments providing guidance and counselling/conciliation as required.
  • To ensure that there are appropriate contingency arrangements to ensure client safety and continuity of learning when the practice placement educator is absent for planned or unexpected reasons.
  • To regularly report to the Director of OT and education providers on fieldwork performance.
  • To keep accurate records of practice placements provided and to create/maintain a database of practice educators.
  • To be responsible for the placement of OT students throughout the Trust, in consultation with relevant educational establishments and practice educators.
  • To co-ordinate and ensure the completion of all required written assessments and reports during practice placements.
  • To develop systems and liase with managers to monitor and increase availability of accredited practice educators and practice placements, including non-traditional placements.
  • To keep up-to-date with current practices in education.
  • To monitor and evaluate placements with practice educators and educational establishments.
  • To undertake audit projects relevant to practice placements, disseminating findings as appropriate.
  • To provide an online placement handbook and practice resource file which:
  •   Outlines the mechanisms for contacting University staff in routine and exceptional circumstances
  •   Ensures that all practice placement educators are aware of their duty of care to students and clients.
  •   Contains up to date policies and procedures about health and Safety, personal security, fire procedures and other topics appropriate for the setting.
  •   Details the network of support available for practice placement educators and includes the responsibilities of and the relationship between student, practice placement educator, placement co-ordinator and University.
  •   Details appropriate, up to date learning facilities and resources such as Internet, Library and opportunities for inter-professional learning.

Practice resource file

  • Outlines the mechanisms for contacting University staff in routine and exceptional circumstances
  • Ensures that all practice placement educators are aware of their duty of care to students and clients.
  • Contains up to date policies and procedures about health and Safety, personal security, fire procedures and other topics appropriate for the setting.
  • Details the network of support available for practice placement educators and includes the responsibilities of and the relationship between student, practice placement #educator, placement co-ordinator and University.
  • Details appropriate, up to date learning facilities and resources such as Internet, Library and opportunities for inter-professional learning.

Disclosed disabilities

  • To support practice placement educators in assessing risk within the work environment and to identify what additional support a student with a disclosed disability may require in order to made 'reasonable adjustments'.
  • To liaise with a student's university regarding newly disclosed disability to ensure the student and practice placement educator are given adequate support.

References

College of Occupational Therapists [2014] Standards for Education: Pre Registration Education Standards.  London: COT

 

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