“The joy of an adventure (& the assumption that everyone was having one)” – the experience of a new contemporary placement provider

At the start of 2021, with the shadow of COVID still hanging over us, The Butterfly Garden offered itself for consideration as a work placement for trainee therapists from Worcester University. Our application was slightly tongue in cheek, this being the first such experience for us, but our journey since foundation nineteen years ago has … Read more

Student views on being part of the team at Casa Mia

Casa Mia currently offers placements at every opportunity, for up to 6 students at a time. This enables students to form multi-professional, mixed year group teams which build on one another’s knowledge and skills for the benefit of all. In a previous blog post, Practice Educator Claire explained how the students help her to meet … Read more

Linking part-time placements for a full-time, immersive learning experience

One of our private providers has supported 2nd- and 3rd-year student placements in which the student worked across both NHS and private health care services. Caragh (3rd Year) and Rachel (2nd year) each worked part-time in the local continence service and part-time in the private health clinic. Their placements required them to undertake assessment, intervention … Read more

5:1 student : educator ratio in MSK

At Evesham community hospital the MSK Physiotherapy Outpatients department has successfully implemented a 5:1 student model. Supervision was spread around the team, with a total of eight colleagues supporting the students at different times throughout this placement. This enabled students to work collaboratively to develop their clinical reasoning skills and take control of patient appointments. … Read more

Student Practice Educator

For his final placement, 3rd Year physiotherapy student Mubbasher became a member of our very own Therapy Placements team as he joined us as our first Student Practice Educator. This placement took place during the coronavirus pandemic when we had all three students’ cohorts for both Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy BSc course out on their … Read more

Developing a Student-Led Clinic

Following a necessary move of premesis for Welllife Physiotherapy, CEO Lotoya Neil began to investigate the benefits of developing Occupational Therapy opportunities for her clients. This led to the creation of a Student-Led clinic, supervised by Lotoya and her colleagues. Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy students worked collaboratively to design the parameters of the clinic. Together … Read more

Serious Incident Corporate Placement

Linda & Rhiannon, occupational therapy students, and Amy & Niki, physiotherapy students were placed within a corporate setting within Wye Valley NHS trust, a large local trust, for their final placement experience. The students attended placement virtually, and worked on a serious incident case study, alongside a physiotherapy and occupational therapy clinical manager. This was … Read more

Headway is the Way!

Georgia and Jake spent a 10-week part-time placement at Headway, which they described as a real journey of discovery and growth. When they started, they had very little understanding of brain injuries and the effects they have on people’s lives. Although this placement is contemporary and they have not worked alongside qualified physiotherapists or occupational … Read more

Developing a Training Programme for mobility equipment in rural Papua New Guinea

Physiotherapy student Anna and Occupational Therapy student Jo joined Australian Occupational Therapy students Kate & Brooklyn from James Cook University in Townsville for this 100% virtual placement in January 2021. Their project was to support the provision of mobility equipment provided to members of a small rural community in Keapara in Papua New Guinea and … Read more