Student Lecturers

In September 2020, we partnered with Coventry University to “exchange” Occupational Therapy students in the role of student lecturers. Gemma & Lucy from UW went to CU for 8 weeks, and Peggy & Swayta from CU became part of the UW family for 12 weeks. “At the start, I expected it to be straightforward and … Read more

Creating a sensory library (the return!) 100% remote placement

During an earlier placement a 2nd year student had started to look at how to repurpose a particular space to enhance the sensory needs of the children, and the school were thinking carefully about their sensory provision. They designated some funds available to create a library of sensory regulation equipment for parents to borrow and … Read more

Creating a Sensory Cabin – special school placement

One of our local special schools, Fort Royal, regularly offer placements with the Occupational Therapist who works there privately one day per week. The placement was supervised at a distance, by a qualified Occupational Therapist who works at the school one day per week as a private practitioner. Alison was able to spend time within … Read more

Australian Playground Project – 100% virtual Occupational Therapy & Physiotherapy placement

Leah and Lisa carried out a project to design a playground for a mainstream school in Australia. They worked alongside Australian Occupational Therapy students from James Cook University to develop playground designs for age-appropriate, safe playground equipment for a new school build. Each year group needed a specific space to maximise their potential and meet … Read more

Developing an Occupational Therapy & Physiotherapy Service in a Mainstream School

The Challenges and Joys of a Contemporary Placement  Janet and Becky carried out a 10-week, part time placement at a mainstream primary school. This was the first time that the school had opened their doors to healthcare students and they were keen to see what value therapy students could add to their inclusive provision. Previously I hadn’t done any Occupational … Read more

Why showcase interesting placements?

Workstation set up for home (remote) working

Some therapists express concerns about client safety. Students always have an on-site supervisor whose role is to ensure that students are acting appropriately and maintaining client safety. Profession-specific interventions must be agreed by the educator, which means that students must fully articulate their plans and reasoning – something we know is often a challenge on … Read more